Nokia leads the world in cell phone shipments, but they're not the first manufacturer that comes to mind when shopping smartphones. Companies like Apple, HTC, Motorola, and Samsung stand in the smartphone lime light, and Nokia would like nothing more than to join them.
Towards that end, Nokia is gearing up to introduce several new smartphones next week, according to a Reuters report. Among the new models will be the E7, Nokia's new flagship smartphone with a fairly large touchscreen and hardware keyboard.
Another new model slated for release is the N8, the first phone to sport the Symbian 3 platform.
"As the N8 starts shipping and other devices are unveiled, Nokia will be hoping that it can lay the foundation stones for its recovery given the onslaught of competitive products currently hitting the market," said Ben Wood, director of research at CSS Insight. "It has made some big commitments on fixing Symbian and its first flagship product using the refreshed Symbian operating system. Failure is not an option.
Part of the challenge for Nokia will be in convincing developers to create apps for the Symbian platform, which so far hasn't been as easy as one might imagine considering Symbian's dominating mobile phone market share.