Nokia posted a stunning $1.2b loss for Q1 today. We were on hand to discuss the news with Al Jazeera English. The discussion was quite frank; can Nokia even survive in a world that is increasingly dominated by iOS and Android?
Nokia’s household name status, most prominent in Europe, is rapidly fading away as consumers purchase more popular devices from Apple, Samsung, and HTC.
Their flagship Lumia device is not doing as well as hoped, either. One aspect of the problem is that it runs Windows Phone 7, which is a mobile OS that has failed to inspire around the globe. Reuters reports that a representative for a European mobile carrier says, “No one comes into the store and asks for a Windows phone.”
Will Nokia remain relevant? Perhaps only the success or failure of Windows Phone 7 and the upcoming Windows RT can decide that.