It's a damning report of Nokia, accusing the Finish manufacturer of losing ground to both the iPhone and Android platform. However, the real shock comes from the fact that these are the thoughts of Nokia's own CEO. In a memo leaked to Engadget, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, formerly of Microsoft states that they (Nokia) is "standing on a burning platform" and must "change (its) behaviour". The 1,300-word memo that was sent internally goes on to cite both Apple and Google as now being the frontrunners in the smartphone market: "The first iPhone shipped in 2007, and we still don't have a product that is close to their experience. Android came on the scene just over two years ago, and this week they took our leadership position in smartphone volumes. Unbelievable."
Nokia has been linked with producing an Android, or more likely Windows Phone 7 device, and the timing of this memo is interesting in that it comes just days before Nokia's own Capital Markets Day (11 February) and next week's Mobile World Congress. Could we see an official announcement in the next few days? Either way this memo doesn't bode well for either Symbian, for so long Nokia's platform of choice, or Nokia's own MeeGo platform.
Click here to read the full memo at Engadget.