Nokia's CEO: Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo at All Things DS

"Nokia has about 35-40% of the total phone market. 1.1 billion users...I would have said that Motorola was our number one competitor a few years ago. Now, RIM, Microsoft, Apple."

Walt says, "Software is a crucial element in hand held computers. How are you going to deal with this?"
Olli spoke for awhile, about Symbian 60 being open, and that they're buliding on this. In my opinion, he had no answer. Because Symbian 60 has been out of date for about 2 years now. He keeps saying its open and mature, but I interpret this as "past its prime" and "not all that special".

The N97 comes up as a subject. As their flagship, its going to go for $699 without a contract. No US carriers have picked it up.

This is the best device Nokia has ever made as far as their model for connecting people, they say.

We've seen this all before. The hardware is pretty nice, and the active home screen is great. The memory is expandable and it has 32GB of memory to start with. It even has an FM transmitter for outputting music. And text-to-speech for reading emails to you, and dictation for transcribing voice to text. And the browser plays Flash video. There's a lot here. But it's still using S60 and it's looking a bit clunky and its $700 in the US. I guess it's a matter of priorities.

[All Things D]