Friday, April 29, 2011

Nokia Mulls Over An iPad Rival

After dumping MeeGo and jumping on the WP7 train, Nokia CEO Steven Elop has indicated the Finnish company is mulling over a tablet pc to rival the *ahem* iPad. In an interview with Finnish news channel YLE (video is in English), he stated that he believes the success of any Nokia tablet should be able to stand out from the crowd of Android tablets to stand a chance of competing with the iPad.

In this wide ranging interview that touched on subjects like the rivalry with Google, fate of Symbian and MeeGo, the CEO did not make it clear which OS their upcoming tablet would run, whether WP7 or anything homegrown, MeeGo perhaps. He also explained why Nokia is of the view that Android is more a threat to their market strategy than iOS, saying Android has devices to cover every spectrum of the market while the iOS is mainly focused on the cream of it.

He also touched on the imminent layoff of close to 4000 Nokia employees over the coming year and explained the move to offload some employees to Accenture, saying they'll be retrained to work on WP7. You can watch the entire interview (about 20 mins) which is in English for yourself.

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