Nokia reported a 39 percent year-on-year drop in the number of smartphones it sold in the second quarter, to 10.2 million, while its net loss more than trebled. - Peter Sayer for ARN
Nokia has been struggling financially as it tries to keep up with the smartphone industry currently dominated by Samsung’s mobile devices running on Google’s Android platform, and Apple’s iPhone, which is rumored to release the latest version, iPhone 5, next month. The company faces challenges in its transition to the Windows Phone operating system from the previous Symbian OS. Only in the US has Nokia’s Lumia 900, created to compete with the Android phones and Apple’s mobile devices, has sales been good. Demand for the Lumia phones are still uncertain despite a 2% percent increase in feature phones sold.
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Talk about tech-savy countries and you have to include Japan. Over the years, the Asian nation has not only developed one of richest economies in the world, but also the most conducive environment for technological advancement. From complex humanoid robots to innovative green homes, Japan’s high level of ingenuity has created a technological boom that translates to some of the world’s most advance gadgets.
Despite this, it’s interesting to note that on a global scale, it’s South Korea’s Samsung and the United States’ Apple that has taken a huge share of the smartphone market. Where are the Japanese companies?
In this special feature by Patrick Budmar, we take a look at why Japan’s smartphones never made it on a global scale. Are their mobile devices simply too advanced, and thus, too niche for the Japanese market? Consider this with the fact that as a society, Japan’s people are also very open to the latest emerging mobile technologies. Here we get a view on why the smartphone industry in the country never dominated key markets in a global level.
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