Nokia announced a new phonewith 41-megapixel camera on the opening day of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Technically, the camera is amazing and will easily be the best camera phone out there. But strategically, it will fail no matter if it sells well or not. All because Nokia chose to power the phone by their Symbian system.
After a year of claiming to be fully committed to Windows Mobile, releasing a new phone like this is going to confuse the market and partners. Creating a true lose-lose situation where gaining market share with this new phone will further delay Nokia establishing as the prime and committed Windows Mobile maker.
The smartphone market is driven by the wider app ecosystem. It is not hard to notice that most app developers are focused on iOS, Android and then Windows Mobile. Symbian and Blackberry are always last options for completeness. Nokia has to stop looking back on the Symbian platform for smartphones and look at all the numbers confirming day by day that Windows Mobile is the only hope for them to do well if they choose not to play the Android game.