After dismal earnings, eyes are on Nokia World in September
Hopes are for a Windows Phone 8 Lumia launch at Nokia's trade show
Computerworld - Nokia's dismal earnings report announced Thursday has left smartphone industry observers looking for better news at the Nokia World conference Sept. 5-6 in Helsinki.
There are hints that Nokia could launch Windows Phone 8 on its Lumia smartphone line at the event. A banner outside Nokia's flagship store undergoing renovation in Helsinki seems to mark the re-opening of the store with something big, using the words, "Something amazing is coming" on Sept. 7.
A picture of the banner is recorded on the My Nokia Blog, posted Wednesday.
There are further references to a "Nokia Graffiti" website that suggests returning next week to find out more about what's coming.
It could be that Nokia is only directing customers to its renovated Helsinki store, but analysts say something bigger involving Windows Phone could be in store for early September.
CEO Stephen Elop called the second quarter a "difficult" one. At the same time, Elop said Lumia smartphone shipments in the second quarter reached 4 million units, adding: "We believe the Windows Phone 8 launch will be an important catalyst for Lumia."
Lumia phones are sold by both T-Mobile USA (the Lumia 710) and AT&T (the Lumia 900). Both phones run Windows Phone 7.5 and will get an interim upgrade to Windows Phone 8 (WP8) with WP7.8. Because the phones have single-core processors, they can't be upgraded to WP8 for optimal video and graphics performance, analysts have said.
Strategy Analytics said smartphones running the Windows Phone operating system captured 3% of the U.S. market in 2011, and will rise to 4% of the 123 million smartphones sold in the U.S. in 2012. Nokia, HTC and Samsung all make devices using Windows Phone.
He said WP8 needs to support multicore processors and should run on an expanded number of smartphone models from Nokia and others cellphone makers.
Jeff Kagan, an independent analyst, said Nokia's second-quarter report and Windows Phone's niche share of the smartphone market continue to be disappointing. "We hoped Nokia's partnership with Microsoft would help them restart their engines. It didn't," he said.
Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about Mobile/Wireless in Computerworld's Mobile/Wireless Topic Center.
- Best iPhone, iPad Business Apps for 2014
- 14 Tech Conventions You Should Attend in 2014
- 10 Desktop Apps to Power Your Windows PC
- How to Add New Job Skills Without Going Back to School
- Slideshow: 7 security mistakes people make with their mobile device
- iOS vs. Android: Which is more secure?
- 11 sure signs you've been hacked
Red Hat Enterprise Linux - The Original Cloud Operating System
Linux adoption is growing against a number of measures, such as the
number of supercomputers that run Linux and the size of the contributing...
- OpenStack Hype vs. Reality: CIO Quick Pulse Open-source architecture can enable IT departments to build infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) clouds running on standard hardware.
- Building a Bridge to the Next Generation Data Center Selecting a widely adopted operating system is a foundational component of a standardization strategy.
- OpenStack and Red Hat: IDC White paper Most OpenStack deployments are by public cloud providers that are early adopters of technology and use OpenStack in a do-it-yourself deployment and support...
- Webinar: Building a Big Data solution that's production-ready Big data solutions are no longer just a nice-to-have.
- Meg Whitman presents Unlocking IT with Big Data During this Web Event you will hear Meg Whitman, President and CEO, HP discuss HAVEn - the #1 Big Data platform, as well... All Windows Phone White Papers | Webcasts