Nokia’s new strategy to regain its stance in the mobile scene involves creating “hybrid” mobile devices. Exactly what it means by “hybrid” devices, however, remains to be unclear as Nokia has not laid out definite plans for where it is heading in the near future. It did make mention, though, that various form factors will be made possible because of the growing significance of the tablet.
Some speculate that the hybrid device pertains to the phablet, or the phone-tablet hybrid made popular by the Samsung Galaxy Note. Others imagine that it is the tablet/PC combination that Windows is also eyeing. A few believe that it could be something like the Nokia 808 PureView phone, a device whose camera has a sensor that boasts of 41 megapixels and could easily be a substitute for dedicated cameras with its image quality. Still others think that it could be a Nokia version of the Transformer Prime or the Padfone, two devices from Asus which had gotten considerable attention because of their innovativeness.
Nokia’s announcement comes a few days after it lost its position as the world’s number one phone manufacturer in terms of volume to Samsung Electronics. Despite the fact that many have come to accept that Nokia was heading downhill, this represented a huge blow to Nokia since it had previously enjoyed this spot for more than a decade. In the smartphone niche, it has also been defeated by Apple and Google with iOS and Android devices when it comes to popularity. These developments have caused Nokia stocks to plummet to as much as 90 percent in only five years, and investors are not exactly optimistic about the fate of the company.
Nokia, however, is trying to get its act together through the so-called hybrid devices. Later this year, it is also expected to introduce a Windows 8-based slate that will mark its foray into the tablet market. Meanwhile, its Lumia line of smartphones is gaining some leverage. Yet, before Nokia reveals its actual plans for the hybrid devices, it will be difficult to predict whether they would be able to propel the company to success or not.