Nokia Plan Z (part 2)

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Earlier this year (some time during August), I had created a post called Nokia Plan Z. While I could not yet complete and publish this post but the very essence of this post is now already known to all, in forms of:

  • The Nokia Z Launcher
  • The Nokia N1

So, I guess, my part-fiction “story”, which I had in my head then, was not wrong at all. I just hope the rest of it also coming true, very soon.

Some of them being:

// # 1

Nokia might still be working on a “Kick Ass Android Phone” which would be launched on the very next day they are allowed to make mobile devices again (as per the MS agreement). This phone might have the best specs to date, a good UI and UX. Or it is quite possible that they are doing something of their own?

// # 2

Heard some rumours some where that Nokia N9 (MeeGo) is not dead. So, I assume it is going to come back in some form or the other. May be like a cloud OS or a major uplift to first the software and then, the hardware? Who knows, but changes of software + hardware combo is still remote. I would still bet on something cloudy.

// # 3

Here Maps going mainstream, leaving Google Maps way behind. Guys, I have worked in the team that used to develop Here Maps. And let me tell you, they are an awesome team. Right from the designers to developers to managers. So, this product is going to go very far and bring Nokia “BACK”

Some more still, but I guess, that is all for today. It wouldn’t be wrong to tell that Nokia is definitely going to make another 150 years in history. Once again, I have to say, kudos to an awesome team at Nokia.


Jolla problems

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Why I will stop using Jolla for a while:

  1. 6 nights in a row, the phone has switched off over night and then, stuck in reboot loop (yes, the battery was charged at about 50% and for 2 nights, the phone was even plugged to the charger). To be able to start it again, press the power button a couple of times (and get annoyed by only seeing the Jolla logo and red led) and finally, I need to pull out battery, put it again. And yes, I think its overkill for getting my laptop every-time and trying to get the phone out of reboot loop by reseting it using telnet. Also, my TOH has become little loose on the corners because of this exercise.
  2. Problem with connection: I have just moved to a new address and don’t have an internet connection. So, I am using wireless tethering a lot. But apparently, I see this problem with connection (for data connection) a lot and this annoys me again. I need to switch off the data connection from settings and turn it on again for the whole thing to work again.
  3. MMS: I sent an MMS about 30 days ago. Its still sending!
  4. Yellow thing (like burnt screen) on one side of the screen.

I get annoyed by these “small” issues and would rather prefer a working stack of things. I have liked Jolla from day one and support their eagerness but guys, be realistic. You people are shipping a CE hardware. These issues will reduce your credibility in the market.

And as an end user, I think every person (including me) will get annoyed with the above mentioned problems. At this moment, I will switch back to my precious Nokia N9. Will eagerly wait for the software  updates for Jolla and will make a #switch when they are fixed!

Can the community point me to any (reliable and not hack-ish) fixes, please? Or should I give my device to Jolla HQ for debugging? What should I do? Please suggest on my twitter handle @aseemshakuntal.

The Final Nail in the Coffin

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With Microsoft firing 18000 employees, 12500 of which are ex-Nokians, this was the final nail in the coffin of Nokia, a company that once used to manufacture 12 phones per second. I seriously doubt that these reductions have any thing to do with being more agile or setting the focus. I think that this was all a part of a plan.

A plan that was so well executed that most of the world thought that all the employee reductions, closing of sites, killing of technologies etc. were merely a part of trying to keep the shareholders happy, trying to keep the profit and trying to build an ecosystem. In all this hussle-fussle, so many things were lost! And what the f*** is a burning platform? To this date, I still don’t understand the need of a burning platform memo!

Look at all of it in this way: Nokia was growing fast,  very fast with its revolutionary work for Linux based mobile phones and given the outcomes with Nokia N9, upcoming MeeGo and Qt based ecosystem, its partnership with Intel, and a massive portfolio of Symbian phones (including Feature and Smart phones) it was getting tough for other competitors like Google, Samsung, Apple, Microsoft (who was yet to create a mark in the market with its meagre 1% share). People say, everything is fair in love and war and in this war of winning the market shares, there was quite a bit of money laundering and foul play orchestrated by Nokia’s rivals/competitors to bring down their biggest competitor. It not only meant to just kill all ambitions of Nokia as a mobile phone company, but to also disrupt exclusive talent that Nokia had retained since long. All of this was smartly lead by Mr. Stephen Elop.

As of today, I have officially given a middle name to Stephen Elop and that is: Mr. Stephen Fucking Elop. Look at this man’s credentials, aren’t they <sarcasm>IMPRESSIVE</sarcasm>!

<me>coming up with another post, Nokia Plan Z very soon!</me>

Kudos to Nokia

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I personally want to congratulate Nokia for their android phone adventure. I think that the execution team at Nokia should be given credits for this.

Just thinking..

  1. Nokia killed MeeGo and pushed their first Windows Phone within 6-8 months
  2. Nokia is “almost” acquired by MSFT, yet they managed to push an android phone

Kudos guys! Only if you people could have put all this “valor” for pushing the right innovations from the start?

#qt, #ecosystem, #meego, #nokian9

void, main!

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Last few days, weeks and months have been very crucial for a lot of reasons.

Being an Indian, Cricket has always been in my veins. India has painfully let go some of the stars of Indian cricket in the past. But none have matched the splendour of Master Blaster. This farewell and retirement is going to create a void in the hearts of all the cricket fans from India and across the world.end

Being a Software Engineer for mobile platforms, Nokia has always had my trust. Not only as a consumer but also as an employee. I have always cherished the nokia ways of working things and am really happy to be part of some of the teams which delivered products very fast, for example, the qt team for SuSe based embedded linux, the here maps team. I am also very, very proud to be a part of some of the product programs like Nokia N800, N900, N9. I have also had a pleasure to work with great managers and great minds at Nokia.

On Oct 31st, 2013, this wonderful ride with Nokia came to an end. I beleive, everything that has a start, has an end. And so is my journey with Nokia, as an employee. I also beleive that its a small world. I will surely come across Nokia in future, may be when they start making phones again.. 😉

At work, I have a special respect for a few fellow workers like Raine, Alexey, Kristoffer, Lörre, Lauri, Sebastian, Frank G, Frank V, Stephan B. and a few managers like Venkat, Devesh, Sami and Jens.

I think that a void has definitely been created with these changes but that is the charming part in itself. We will see more and more Sachins coming forward now. Nevertheless, it has been a great journey so far and now, I look forward to complete my masters course and new job at rightware.


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Happy birthday, Nokia N9, my precious!

Though, you were killed on arrival, but you still are the most under-rated smartphone today! Happy to use you and be a part of your development program!

€ 18 million

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And after having sold:
– Nokia’s soul
– Every Finns confidence
– The pride of so many people


Look what he has got? First he was given a joining bonus to cover his losses from previous employer [here] and now, he is being paid a staggering 18mn for having to finish this deal.. (even though this money could be a part of his shares in nokia).

There is only one man benefitted in this whole saga.. Mr. Stephen Elop and I f****ng hate him.

I am sad for Nokia.

Update, Sep 24, 2013: Look what one man has done to a great company! Anybody has any “shame”?? Nokia board of directors?? [here] WTF!!

Who's the winner?

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Forget what has happened in the recent past. Rewind yourself a bit. Combine a few things from the past, present and future. Look what a developer has in offering from Nokia:

  1. A world built around MeeGo, Symbian which captures around 30+ percent of market share
  2. Qt available for Android
  3. Qt available for iOS
  4. Nokia’s QT app store supporting apps also for Android and iOS
  5. Same apps portable also to desktop linux platforms
  6. Qt based UI built across Windows phone with Qt support available for Windows
  7. Qt Apps also available for Windows

One ring to rule them all! As a developer, write code and publish it to Store. Select target platforms and publish them to almost all phone markets.

An “ecosystem” dream come true!

But our the then CEO, Mr. Elop lacked this vision. His definition of ecosystem is pretty much around this 20 second clip (Elop’s idea of Ecosystem) and probably, he has not idea other than it.

Mr. Elop, what have you built? Just an “echo” system I suppose!

RIP #Nokia

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Rest in peace and pieces, Nokia


End of an era

End of an era


In my blog post dated Feb 12, 2011 (here), I explicitly mentioned that “Nokia is just like a hardware store for MS now” and I think that I was quite right about it.

Though, before I talk more about it, few days ago #Feb11, on Feb 2nd, I wrote a post (here), where I was just wondering what are the five elements that could put nokia far above its close competetors, esp apple and android (google)?

Just about 9 days after that, Nokia was “Elopucated” and this guy, killed #MeeGo and #Symbian. Honestly, I always felt that the way the #Feb11 announcements were made was wrong (read more: here). Both, #Symbian and #MeeGo did not deserve being killed. Moreover, #Symbian could still serve as the money maker for a couple of more years for Nokia and #MeeGo was still a #future disruption.

Nokia was never on a f***ing burning platform and not in such a bad situation as Mr. Stephen Elop thought.

I firmly believe that he joined Nokia with a specific strategy and as of today, he has been successful in that. Given his career history, I always believed that he is a MOLE.

[writing more to this post, need a sleep first] [More, Sep 15, 2013]

I have read somewhere that Elop wanted to sell Nokia even before #Feb11 for a price around $21bn. I do not know how true this “fact” is, but one thing is for sure that he always wanted to sell Nokia, to the employer he has always been loyal to. I personally think that there is lot of money laundering involved in it.

It wasn’t until the time when they pulled in the Trojan Horse the Greeks left which led to the destruction of the mighty city of Troy and it wasn’t until the time when Stephen Elop was pulled into the Nokia Leadership Team, which led to the ultimate loss of Nokia own self identity.

Once the biggest mobile phone player of the world, Nokia always wanted to win the US smartphone market (which it never was able to do, despite of all the efforts made). Probably, this was the only reason which might have propelled the recruitment of a Canadian as the CEO or lets say, a NON-FINN CEO at Nokia. In this pursuit of gaining US market share, which was so far, pre-dominated by Apple, Nokia always forgot what it had in share was the rest of the world, a perfectly growing set of economies that could have served as a perfect breeding ground for the future innovations Nokia had planned to bring into.

The “dream” of beating iPhone in US (and also other markets) was a major factor in collapse of Nokia. The situation was never so bad as portrayed by Mr. Elop. We were not on a burning platform. We could have waited a little more to realize this dream. Nokia N9 was one step already in that direction. Another bold step that Nokia already took was the acquisition of Trolltech. With a dream of “Qt Everywhere”, the moment #Qt was scaled to both the mobile platforms owned by Nokia (#Meego, #Symbian), it was the time to give this dream a fair chance.

But we never did. Or actually, Elop never did. His burning platform memo and decision to kill meego, symbian killed the sales for Nokia and from 32.8 percent of market share, we dropped down to 3 percent. Who has to be blamed for that?

Today, look at Qt, it is available for Android, iOS.

Down the lane, I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a WikiLeak cable that says that this Nokia’s downfall was well architectured by some of the biggest players in the market and successfully executed by Mr. Stephen Elop.

98th post

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Being my 98th post and a post, post Sep 3, 2013, here is the most important event that happened on Sep 3rd “Microsoft buys Nokia [all the mobile phone unit + smart devices + related liabilities]

I knew that this was coming, but did not expect it to be so soon! Neither at such a low price. I will write my feelings and more about it soon.. Just got back from a week away from home. And to the irony, I got to hear about the sad news when I was in Finland, the home of Nokia.

The interesting thing is that after this buy-out, what will happen to the “New Nokia”? Will that be sold too? Eventually? Lets take some time to answer that question.

Some tit-bits of this event from my eyes:

oh, my precious n9

oh, my precious n9

what a loyalty, Mr. Elop

what a loyalty, Mr. Elop

all good things come to an end!

all good things come to an end!