Nokia Could Have Been Ahead of IPhone in 2004

Speak ill of sites that you’ve been working on is not good thing since life takes many turns and portrays you as an employee, but we are not going to evaluate the behavior of Ari Hakkarainen, but stay with interesting information shared with the NYTimes.

ARI is a former manager (head of marketing for S60 phones) of the Finnish company Nokia, which revealed how in the cited interview with the American media Nokia could have been ahead of Apple with a phone based on the same ideas from the iPhone, back in the year 2004.

The people of Nokia was working on projects that touch screen occupied the entire front of the phone, in a moment in which few sensed the potential of this technology, but the development was left to one side by the high cost that would take it to the market.

“It was very early days, and no one really knew anything about the touch screen’s potential.” And it was an expensive device to produce, so there was more risk involved for Nokia. So did the usual management. “They killed it.”

Another important point in the competition of Smartphones has could have moved forward in those days, since the first proposals were to create an ecosystem around the phone, with an emphasis on an app store, in 2004.

The interviewee criticized the conservative Finnish company during the years that were working together. Others such as Juhani Risku, former interface designer, more than 500 different proposals submitted to Nokia update Symbian, in its 8 years of service.

None was accepted by the almost Soviet bureaucratic system of the mobile phone giant. As an example, they had prepared a 3D interface in 2002 that was not implemented by which assumed a cost of 2.05 dollars for each terminal.

Full touch phone case was logically impossible in 2004, but not in successive years, but the example of the 3D interface was not unreasonable considering that the Nokia N95 was on the market in 2006 and had graphics power to move it without problems, later Samsung and LG took the idea to the market on their phones.

Nokia downplays statements

Nokia has not taken in reply to the statements of this and other former employees, arguing that in all large companies there are trains that are lost and innovations that remain on the road, and that they work to improve with all the changes that have now between hands.

Also inform us that we should not do much if statements, since the roles of the people who are doing them are limited, it is leading small working groups of employees, or with individual responsibilities.

Nokia is a Finnish company, dominated by workers and leaders of the country since it was founded in 1865 until he became the leader of mobile telephony in the world. In recent years they have been starting to have managers and workers important internationally, that it has reached its maximum point with the appointment of a Canadian CEO. Let us hope that new ideas and philosophies of work come well to the future of Nokia.