Nokia to Expand in Tablets and Hybrids, Announces 41MP Camera Phone

  • Nokia plans to include tablets and hybrid mobile devices in its future product offerings, Jorma Ollila said in an interview before stepping down as chairman last week. However, a timetable was not provided.
  • “Nokia lost its place as the world’s largest handset maker to Samsung Electronics Co. last quarter,” reports Businessweek. “The company still hasn’t produced inexpensive smartphones with broad developer support to compete with Google Inc.’s Android, more than a year after announcing its shift to Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Phone.”
  • Ollila was CEO from 1992 to 2006, during which Nokia became the world’s largest handset maker. Finnish entrepreneur Risto Siilasmaa will succeed Ollila as chairman.
  • In a related Computerworld article, Nokia announced that it would ship a 41-megapixel camera phone to Russia and India this month. The company says availability of the Symbian-based phone in other countries will be announced in the near future.
  • The PureView 808 was developed with lens-maker Carl Zeiss. Nokia has extended its deal with Zeiss to continue developing PureView for future smartphones.

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