Samsung Adds Insult to Injury for Nokia

Samsung has now unveiled the world's first Windows Phone 8 smartphone, beating even Microsoft's biggest Windows Phone partner, Nokia. Samsung also recently beat out Nokia as the top mobile-phone maker in the world, so this unveiling adds insult to injury. At a time when phone makers may be re-evaluating their Android strategies due to Apple's big legal victory, Windows Phone 8's chances just got a little better. Nokia's own event is scheduled for early September, so investors won't have to wait long to see what the Finnish company has up its sleeve.

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  • Report this Comment On August 30, 2012, at 11:37 AM, wilsantiago wrote:

    As said by Nokia, "Every great show needs a warm up act"

  • Report this Comment On August 30, 2012, at 11:39 AM, wilsantiago wrote:
  • Report this Comment On August 30, 2012, at 11:43 AM, ajaykc wrote:

    Shouldn't it be an insult to Google's android? Samsung got so scared that they unveiled WP8 phone which was random like hell. I am not sure if they are allowing anyone to touch it as WP8 is still not ready.

    This is a desperate move from Samsung?

  • Report this Comment On August 30, 2012, at 1:27 PM, TMFinept wrote:

    It's an insult to nobody. It's simply the largest player in the mobile phone industry staying diversified and catering to customers of all colors. As long as there's profit to be made, Samsung will be there to try its hand.

    If you can profitably sell a million phones on a dead-end platform, that's still a million phones sold for profit. Samsung is in the business of making money.

    All this does is demonstrate that Stephen Elop's assertion that Windows Phone would help Nokia differentiate its product is as ridiculous now as it ever was. In the Windows Phone ecosystem, Nokia still competes against all of the same players as it would have in the Android ecosystem. All the big brands are in the WP ecosystem and Samsung specifically still has all of the same competitive advantages against Nokia. Plus Samsung also has profits from Android to power it and likely halo effect brand recognition from its hugely popular lineup of Android products.

    The only difference between the Android and Windows Phone ecosystems from an OEM point of view is scale. Nokia chose to compete just as hard for a vastly smaller market that looks likely to be a dead end.

  • Report this Comment On August 30, 2012, at 5:04 PM, tweenthelines wrote:

    Differentiate=what makes it different? Seems to me there's a boxing ring here somewhere. All capable players trying to knock each other out. Excuse me, I got things to do and people to see.

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