Sailfish to china
It has been a while since the divorce between Nokia and Meego, the mobile OS for Nokia smartphones. I have previewed the new mobile OS called Sailfish developed by the same company who built Meego for Nokia before.
I first heard Meego when I was trying to get myself a new mobile last year. It is not a popular mobile system. Nokia is a well known brand in China. It has been in Chinese cellphone market for many years, earlier than many others brands such as the Taiwanese brand HTC, Chinese brand XIAOMI, etc. As far as I can remember about ten years ago, we have these mobile brands in china, Nokia, Motorola, Sang-sung, Konka, Bodao, TCL, etc.
Before the smartphone era, Nokia has been the top cellphone brand in China for long time, in the high end, middle end or low end mobile phone market of China. The mouth to mouth word of Nokia is very nice of this brand. I have heard my friends say how great their Nokia phone works, how they are physically strong, etc.
Nokia has been a great success in china before with their phones before Samsung and Apple. Now the later two cellphone brands are probably much successful than Nokia. Samsung is very well known for beautiful design, appearance and the Android OS in china. Apple is very well known for their high end branch impression, and partially for the iOS and the many apps in App stores.
Many mobile users know Meego because of they know Nokia in china. However it has not been a popular mobile operating system in China, at least not as popular as google Android, Apple iOS, or even the second class OS like Microsoft Windows for phone. Nokia has chosen Microsoft Windows as its smartphone system, this however might not improve its market situation in China, as this OS is not popular at preset China. When I was considering buying a Nokia N serial phone, my friend told me that he is using one which is running on Microsoft Windows for phone and he find the OS is no good. The OS for mobile is really a deal breaker.
However it takes time for the new mobile OS, Windows Phone, to grow. Microsoft has introduced the Surface tablet. We are interested in this new tablet and the new OS.
Nokia’s own Symbian operating system might not good for high-end smartphones, Meego may not be the best choice for Nokia, as they have been proved by their poor performance in the market.
How about Android for Nokia? Samsung has captured the lion’s share in the Android market. Google’s own brand Motorola is also very big. There are many others as well, HTC from Taiwan is an example. If Nokia follow these mobile brands and vendors, would it be too late? Another prominent factor we need to worry about is the long term relationships between the hardware and software. Google is becoming more and more dominant in many fields including the mobile hardware and software, they are likely to impose more and more constricted terms on their contractors or partners over time in terms of what you’re allowed to do and what you’re not. On the other end, Microsoft is eager to expand its business to the mobile market which is huge but competitive at the same time. So Microsoft may work harder to get the business with Nokia. Nokia thus may get better offers and more freedom in future development as well.
Sailfish want to come to China? There is a great cellphone market in china. It can make your business very successful, as the huge market and demand for variety brands and OS systems. Good luck, Sailfish!