Nokia sold more smartphones than ever in Q3 2010; plans to “unify environments for Symbian and MeeGo” and cut 1,800 jobs
Nokia has published its financial results for the third quarter of 2010. The Finnish giant reported net sales of €10.3 billion (a 5% increase compared to Q3 2009, and a 3% increase compared to Q2 2010).
110.4 million Nokia handsets were sold during the quarter. 26.5 million of those are converged mobile device (aka smartphones and mobile computers) – that’s 10% more than the number of converged devices sold in Q2, and it’s an all-time high for Nokia.
The company’s operating profit in Q3 was €403 million. Detailed info can be found in this press release.
Nokia has also announced it plans to cut up to 1,800 jobs this year (from the Symbian and Services departments).
Moreover, in order to bring “simplicity in its developer offering”, Nokia is unifying the environments for Symbian and MeeGo with the help of Qt – which will be Nokia’s “sole application development framework.”
Qt supports HTML5 and will allow developers to create apps and content for both Symbian and MeeGo.
Here’s Nokia’s CTO, Rich Green, explaining the company’s new strategy regarding application development :
Speaking of Symbian (which now has a new executive director), Nokia “will no longer refer to Symbian^3 or Symbian^4” – there will be no more version numbers. According to Nokia, this way consumers will receive “a constant improvement in the experience of their Symbian-based Nokia products.”
“We’re making strategic technology decisions that will accelerate our ability to offer the strongest possible opportunity for developers and the richest possible experience for consumers. For developers, it will open up a huge installed customer base for their applications. For consumers, it means a more compelling engagement with their Nokia product in terms of access to the best applications in the marketplace and a constantly improving product experience. We firmly believe that the choices we have made will not only mean significant opportunity and success for our developer partners, but for Nokia as well,” declared Rich Green.
Well, as long as Nokia believes consumers will be able to enjoy an improved experience, giving up on counting Symbian versions can’t be a bad thing, right?
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