The problems have Berenberg Bank Analyst Adnaan Ahmad calling for Nokia's new CEO, Steven Elop, to make some big changes. First and foremost, to kill MeeGo, its other OS and what he called "the biggest joke in the tech industry right now" and adopt Windows Phone 7 instead.
It appears Nokia could be ready to accept that carefully worded advice. Elop said on Nokia's fourth-quarter earnings that Nokia "must build, catalyze or join a competitive ecosystem," hinting that a shakeup is near. Shares in the company have even improved over the past few days as the rumors that it would adopt Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s OS have gained traction. (See Elop Promises Nokia Will Change Faster.)
Nokia is holding an Investors Day in London next Friday, ahead of Mobile World Congress, at which time Elop is expected to outline Nokia's recovery plan. Chances are, WP7 or Android will be the stars of the event.
- Best Buy says the HTC Thunderbolt will have a Valentine's Day debut and the Moto Xoom tablet will follow a week later on Feb. 24, later than anticipated. This teaser ad suggests we'll be learning much more about Xoom on Super Bowl Sunday:
- AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) confirmed that the Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) Atrix will be open for orders on Feb. 13 for $199 on contract or for $499 paired with the Laptop Dock. The Dock alone will also cost $499.
- AT&T also said that its mobile hotspot app, available for select phones -- excluding the iPhone -- will go on sale in stores on Feb. 13 (the same time as the $99 High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) Inspire) and support 4GB for $45 per month on the AT&T Data Pro plan. (See AT&T Offers HTC Inspire 4G for $99.)
- The Boy Genius Report blog suggests that the HTC Desire 2 for Vodafone Germany will get a MWC unveiling.
— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile