is slashing its smartphone portfolio by half, but will stick with the Symbian
move is part of Nokia’s fight back against 'really fierce
competition' at the high end of the market and rising competition at the
low end, according to Nokia’s new head of its smartphone division, Jo Harlow.
has lost ground to Apple's iPhone and RIM's Blackberry at the high end of the market and increasingly
at the low end from Samsung, which is rapidly increasing its smartphones sales.
latest move to simplify the product range will allow Nokia to put more effort
into fewer products, said the firm's head of smartphones R&D, Antti Vasara.
Nokia is campaigning on a number of fronts. Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasuvo has already revealed plans to push smartphone prices down.
the same time Nokia is putting major resources into developing the Ovi App
Store to challenge Apple’s supremacy.
handset manufacturer is also making Symbian more open to developers by not
charging licence fees.