Nokia, Nokia: Who's There?


I find it hard to get my brain around Nokia. It's an immensely important company: a leader in the mobile world, and a pacesetter in the adjacent world of mobile internet devices (MIDs if you like that acronym). Its Internet tablet runs on the Maemo operating system, which is based on Linux. And to top all that, Nokia bought Symbian, and announced that it was open-sourcing is mobile phone operating system - a great move.

Clearly, then, Nokia is a major player in the world of free software. And then it goes and does something like this:

After more than 25 years as a pioneer and leader in the mobile industry, Nokia will bring its rich mobility heritage and knowledge to the PC world with the new, Windows based, Nokia Booklet 3G.

As explanation, the press release says:

The Nokia Booklet 3G will widen the Nokia portfolio, satisfying a need in the operator channel, and bringing another important ingredient in the move towards becoming a mobile solutions company.

Maybe; but it also makes Nokia's product line up – and me - even more confused. Would the real Nokia please stand up?

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