Nokia will always be remembered as one of the flagship companies when mobile phones suddenly started to become commonplace all those years ago – yet it seems the same cannot be said for the fast developing tablet market.
The, let’s face it, the disaster that was the N900 seemed to herald both the beginning and end of Nokia’s attempt on the internet enabled tablet market. It’s also pretty fair to say that competition is stiff, particularly against the likes of Apple’s iPad and Google’s Nexus 10 tablet.
However despite all this, there are whispers that Nokia has yet to hang up its tablet hopes and may well attempt to challenge the market leaders Apple. An analyst at Rodman Renshaw who is rumored to have close links with the Finland based company has hinted that Nokia may well try again but he has also cautioned that “this is a new window, and Nokia had better be at the starting gate if and when the product category takes off”. There is a lot of truth in this warning, if Nokia are going to measure up to the competition there offering needs to be good, fast and innovative.
The Finnish company also has an established business relationship with Intel on the MeeGo platform. The MeeGo platform is essentially an operating system that is appropriate for the crossover between tablets, netbooks and smartphones. There are also the hints from Lee Williams, CEO of Symbian Foundation, that a tablet based on their platform was a realistic expectation and would probably be released within 24 months.
There was no sign that it would be manufactured by Nokia of course, but it is still a possibility. Those timescales would most certainly be optimistic however, should that be the case.