Nokia and Google Vie for Mobile Web Role

Nokia and Google Vie for Mobile Web Role: "Nokia has 40% of the global handset market and more than half of the smartphone market. That and its software prowess give the company great clout to determine the standards that will be used to access the Internet via handheld devices. 'I don't know if we're in a position to decide,' Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia executive vice-president for markets, told BusinessWeek. 'But Nokia's power position will certainly influence the development of different interfaces.'

Helge: There has been a lot of no-show in Barcelona. We didn't see the Google Phone. It isn't ready yet. Nokia's New Line of Handsets are "traditional" and will become mobile best sellers but the touch me Nokia isn't yet on the market. What did Apple show? Where are the big news? This was a "Mobile Family Meeting" with small gossips, but not real break-through news. Location-based business is certainly an evolutionary thing. GPS is a great tool. I still wait for the post-PC era to start. Let me know when it's coming. High-quality videorecording isn't bad news at all.


Part of Nokia's power comes from its ability to develop a broader array of products than its competitors. That was on display in Barcelona, where much of the mobile industry was gathered for the 2008 Mobile World Congress (BusinessWeek.com, 2/8/08). The company introduced four handsets designed to extend the limits of what a mobile device can do as well as to make wireless Web and GPS functions more accessible to the masses.

At the high end, the $800 N96 is similar to the previous top-of-the-line N95, with features such as GPS and high-quality video recording, but it features a bigger screen and improved ability to play TV programs digitally broadcast over the air or streamed via mobile networks. The N96, due to hit stores sometime after midyear, includes a 'kickstand' allowing it to be prop"
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