As Jon Carmack notes elsewhere, smartphones are charting a rapid increase in popularity, grabbing much of the popularity typically enjoyed by dedicated gaming handhelds. But not everyone in the industry is benefitting.
While Apple’s iOS platform has become more and more of a serious competitor for Nintendo and Sony, and Google’s Android OS is grabbing a large slice of the market for itself despite perceived problems with hardware fragmentation, poor Nokia are currently wondering where it all went wrong.
A leaked memo from their CEO, published by Engadget (via Gamesindustry.biz) shows Stephen Elop’s frustration at the company’s fall from grace, with their Symbian OS struggling to retain any significant market share and their handsets almost eclipsed by Apple and Google’s fame.
How did we get to this point? Why did we fall behind when the world around us evolved? I believe at least some of it has been due to our attitude inside Nokia. We poured gasoline on our own burning platform. I believe we have lacked accountability and leadership [...] We haven’t been delivering innovation fast enough
Elop is due to present a new strategy for the company on Friday 11th February, where he plans to take up the ‘huge challenge’ of changing Nokia’s fortunes.