Nokia vows to defend smartphone territory

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June 14, 2010 – Finland’s Nokia has vowed to defend its number one position in the lucrative “smartphone” business, where it is under fierce pressure from Apple’s iPhone and Research in Motion’s Blackberry.

The Finnish giant’s latest top-end device, the touch-screen N8, was unveiled at its annual Asian trade event in Singapore.

The regional launch of the N8 comes exactly one week after Apple chief executive Steve Jobs unveiled an upgraded version of the phenomenally successful iPhone in San Franciso.

Smartphones are advanced handsets capable of Internet surfing, video recording and other multimedia functions on top of voice and text messaging. The N8 is based on the company’s updated Symbian operation system.

“Nokia’s leadership has been questioned in recent months,” Jo Harlow, senior vice president for smartphones, said in an opening speech at the event.

“However, it is often overlooked that we continue to have the largest market share in mobile devices and the largest share in smartphones, which is the fastest growing segment,” she said.

Nokia is still the world’s top mobile phone maker but the company has struggled to find an answer to the iPhone and Blackberry in the smartphone sector, where profit margins are much higher.

In April, Nokia announced it managed to boost the company’s smartphone market share to 41 percent from an estimated 40 percent in October-December 2009.

In absolute figures, it meant Nokia sold 21.5 million of the 52.6 million smartphones sold globally during the first quarter.

For the first quarter, Nokia’s net profit rose to 349 million euros (465.6 million dollars) from just 122 million euros a year ago, when it was hit by the global economic downturn.

“The mobile telecom business as we once knew it, no longer exists,” said Harlow.

“Today’s smartphones are capable of doing things that were considered impossible not long ago.”

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  • Onyango Pierre

    Interestingly. Unfortunately, one could say exactly the same, blow by blow, point by point, of Raila, Ruto, Mudavadi and Kalonzo. But dream as I might, I can’t see how Kenya will get anyone outside this group.

  • Anantpanchmatia

    I look at Uhuru Kenyatta with due respect,It is best for him to face the reality of the ICC
    and bow down gracefully,his participation will lead to destruction of Kenya,and this time around
    in a full circle. Ruto too need’s to see the same.

  • Jackson

    Whereas I feel insulted wasting time reading such a hollow an cheap write up I wonder why it bothers you about Uhurus credentials yet you have your candidate in Raila Odinga, is it that Raila is not a good read that you waste all your idle time on Uhuru, please direct your bitterness elsewhere as Kikuyus don’t subscribe to the heard mentality you an cronies are propagating,,You remind me of Kariuki Chotara an Ngumbu Njururi who spent all their time singing Nyayo..

  • Guest

    PREACH ON!!!

  • This is so true and unfortunate for the people because we are lacking leadership based on merit: 

    part of the reason why mypublicofficial.com platform was formed lets ask our leaders what they have done do deserve leading this country to greater heights
    “Unfortunately, despite the opportunity he has had to comfortably build a successful political career as a Kenyan; Uhuru has decided to practice the politics of the older generation. Whereas he could easily use his immense capacity and brand as a young Kenyan (despite being 52) to unite Kenyans and rally them to national causes, he has chosen to use these resources to support a socio-political strategy that if successful, would ultimately divide the entire country into ethnic bastions. “

    • Pratt

      While seem to be saying something, you are saying it halfway and in a twisted manner. Which politics of old order are you  refering to? Of course, as history has shown, when politics in this country take a turn thats not favorable to some opportunists, masqueranting as reformers, its supposedly a bad turn. But thats never the truth.  Uhuru has been going around the country with his G7 folks preaching unity but some one has not liked that. The reasons are obvious and very self-serving. Its funny master of deceit, who hardly has the interest of the country at heart, is the man to chart “our decent way” forward. I dont ever remember Uhuru asking for Somali refugees to be freely allowed in to the country. I dont even remember him calling others names. I also dont remember him calling a certain community vile weeds that should be uprooted. I further dont remember him criminalizing nonexistent nonreformers! I have never heard him abuse churchmen and calling those who said they were Kenyans as well watermelons. So whats this older generation politics you are talking about? 

      • Thank you for your response 

        If you notice the politics of the old was in reference to the article which I simply quoted. However my opinion stems from the fact that these leaders should let us know why they are a good fit for the country based on merit. Also the brand of the G7 seems to be very self serving and as is common with “ALL” our leaders they fail to show us the benefit of Kenyans having them as leaders. I would really like to know the good they do for the people with all institutions seemingly on the verge of collapse.
        Your welcome to join the debate on the site Pratt.

        • Pratt

          Am very happy with your cool response. Be blessed pal. However, G7 in terms of uniting the country has been doing a wonderful job. But of course, you can easily detect desperation in their ranks. They have created a situation that can hardly serve their interests. Mistake number is that they seem to forget that both brother Ruto and Uhuru are charged with capital offences. But somehow want us to believe thats nothing. I criticized Justice minister Mutula Kilonzo just because of his want of timing, but certainly not on correctness of his assertions. My take is that while G7 brings the country together, serious consideration needs to be put in motion for our two brothers. The very idea of openly showing disrespect to ICC is detrimental to their cases, thats mistake number 2. Showing open contempt for ICC, albeit threatening to take over power and scuttle cases, is like trying to push water uphill. Thats mistake number 3. Mistake number 4 is ridiculing powerful and influential member of international community. Thats why I have avoided commenting on Willam Hague’s purported attempt to block Ruto and Uhuru from presidential race. Hon Ruto and Hon. Uhuru need to move very very carefully. After all, international community cant do business with them if they were to be convicted and elected presidents. Their reaction to Hague’s pronouncements was supposed to be very very guarded because he was not even that explicit. To attack him was certainly going too far for no apparent reason. Finally, in African setup, its really very difficult to ascertain the potential of a leader before he takes over the presidency. But of course, characters who have had 1/2 loaves and failed to do anything cant be in that catagory!  

          • Thank you for engaging Pratt. I would like to agree with most of the things you have said but I would like to say I do not trust the G7 to have noble intentions. Hon Ruto was vocal in his calls for a hague trial and ensured it was so. Now they have ganged up as huge tribal kings and they are dividing the country in similar fashion to pre 2007. They have gone on a nation wide smear campaign even fabricating a letter from the British government and the outcome is beginning to divide Kenyans and no good will come of this. The crime they are being charged with are serious and if we the people do not realise that many of these leaders do not stand for much we shall be swallowed into anarchy again. 

            You have mentioned that it is difficult to ascertain the potential of a leader before he takes on the presidency and I agree fully, however leaders have been leaders before they rise to presidency and there deeds and actions must be used to hold them accountable and also help predict the sort of president one would be. It is important we have leaders who are held accountable by the people.

            If you look at my name it is an active hyperlink to a platform that hopes to promote engagement of the citizenry by the people and hold our leaders accountable. Kindly have a look and even try it and if you can contact us with your feedback it would be highly appreciated. We are looking for ways to have peoples opinions to be used in holding our leaders to the task and mantles to which they assume.

  • ahmed hanad

    Is Raila the panacea for the Luos as he tries to suggest.

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