Nokia, the world’s largest phone maker, is hoping to sell more than 500 million handsets this year – despite the fact that analysts predicted it would only sell about 458 million units.
According to Reuters, Rick Simonson, Nokia’s mobile phone unit chief, declared that the company will sell 500 million phones “across three platforms” – most probably meaning Symbian (new Symbian: Symbian^3, Symbian^4 etc), S40 and Maemo (it’s said that there will be only one Maemo-based Nokia device in 2010).
Although it will sell more phones than this year, Nokia’s market share in 2010 will probably remain roughly the same – that’s because the other handset makers (Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, HTC and so on) will also sell more devices.
What’s interesting is a comment made by Nokia’s Simonson, who said that “there is definitely not enough room for more than 4-5 operating systems.” Hm, let’s see: we already have Symbian, Maemo, Windows Mobile, Android, iPhone’s OS, WebOS, and Samsung’s yet-to-come bada OS. A bit crowded, right?
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