Samsung outsells Nokia in Finland, opens research centre on Nokia's doorstep

Nokia’s dramatic loss of global market share in recent years has been well documented, and its continued struggle for growth in the smartphone market is ongoing. In some markets, its efforts have been disastrous – sales of its Lumia Windows Phones collapsed in North America last quarter, falling to just 400,000 units – but there are some markets in which it’s seen encouraging results, not least its home market of Finland.

The Finnish handset market is relatively small; according to data from IDC, 587,000 handsets were sold there in the first quarter of this year, with around 428,000 of those being smartphones. It’s perhaps not surprising that many Finns support their ‘home team’, with Nokia enjoying a share of 33% of the domestic handset market.

But you may be surprised to learn that the most popular handsets in Finland are not those made by Nokia, but rather Samsung, which took 36% of the total market there last quarter, as Android Beat reports. In third place, with 14%, was Apple, with other manufacturers making up the difference.

Meanwhile, Engadget reports that Samsung is launching a new research and development centre in Finland, practically on Nokia’s doorstep, in Finland’s second largest city of Espoo, where Nokia is headquartered. Possibly to be called the Samsung Electronics Research Institute, it’s due to open on June 13. 

Source: Android Beat / Engadget | Image edited from an original via Microsoft

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Everyone seems to forget that Samsung agreed with Intel to take over Nokia's role as the main co-developer of MeeGo - now renamed Tizen to remove the "stain" of Nokia's involvement. Since the vast majority of MeeGo developers were in and around Espoo, it's no wonder Samsung are doing R&D there. This has NOTHING to do with Android (RIP).

Same old comments in every Samsung thread it seems. I guess no other company has ever setup shop next to the competition before....like MS has never setup shop next to Apple stores. Well, wait....

And give the Samsung copying crap a rest. It is funny that they lost in the US but Apple had to publicly apologize in the UK but yet that never gets mentioned. Wait, I forgot...Apple never copies or has been accused of doing so...

Yea gees their are a million and one Android phones, no one is making money off them besides Samsung, the Android phone market is completely saturated. Nokia would fold as a company within 12 months if they went Android only.

At least with WP8 Nokia is offering SOMETHING different to the market, it is good for consumers to have choices and Nokia is offering that. The way some people think they'd prefer everyone to own an Android phone, no choice of everyone just have one issued at birth.

I take it with "Research Center" Samsung means renting a room across Nokia headquarters where they can set up their tele-lenses and interrogate Nokia employees.

Oh my god. Again with this Android crap on Nokia phones. Give it a rest already, there is no more room in Android market besides Samsung. Everyone besides Samsung has a one digit marketshare and the second biggest player (HTC) is in the same shape Nokia was last year. Android is no answer to anything.

What is the draw with Android over Windows Phone - app quality or app quantity? (That is a serious question.) My beef with Android is that too many apps are hardware-specific or, at best, hardware-type specific - unless Android addresses that (which requires that Google actually enforce their own policies for Android apps on Google Play), I won't have anything to do with an Android-based smartphone.

There's no doubt that Samsung is a beast. But they're also the only company doing well with Android. HTC is number 2, I believe, and they're not in a good shape. Android isn't the magical answer to gaining marketshare for Nokia. At least with Windows Phone, they're unique so they can stand apart from all the other Android smartphone makers.

Anaron said,
There's no doubt that Samsung is a beast. But they're also the only company doing well with Android. HTC is number 2, I believe, and they're not in a good shape. Android isn't the magical answer to gaining marketshare for Nokia. At least with Windows Phone, they're unique so they can stand apart from all the other Android smartphone makers.

Samsung is beating the other OEM through strong marketing, large devices, fancy gimmicky features, carrier choice, phone choice, size choice, color choice, country availability. All which Nokia could have easily done as well.

Go for a Chinese replica of Lumia 920, it will be the closest thing. It may lag, but it would also lag if Nokia had done it on the actual hardware.

Choto Cheeta said,
Windows Phone seems to be denting Nokia, I felt they should have dumped S40 for their Asha series and packed Android into it..

For the 50000th time, Android would do more harm than good. Nokia are unique with WP, they have a big assed partner and are actually getting back off the ground now.

ingramator said,

For the 50000th time, Android would do more harm than good. Nokia are unique with WP, they have a big assed partner and are actually getting back off the ground now.

If Nokia had a a couple of Android phones I would have probably never switched from Nokia after my N95.

A lot of people know Nokia make quality hardware, and its pretty fair to say Android has built up a massive following in the tech world.

I personally think a lot of these people buying the latest Galaxy phone would happily own a Nokia, especially the more tech savvy customer.

ingramator said,

For the 50000th time, Android would do more harm than good. Nokia are unique with WP, they have a big assed partner and are actually getting back off the ground now.

False and I can prove otherwise. Nokia lost most of its Symbian usrs to Android. Symbian like Android is more open vs limited options like Windows.

Android has less cost associated with it as it doesn't require licensing which would make phones cheaper. Android would have offered suitable replacements for Nokia services until Nokia could port them over. An since Android is a lot more like Symbian as far as the UI, the transition would have been easier for users vs switching to Windows Phone which is totally different.

At least with Android, Nokia would have retained most of its original market as they could have continued making cheap smartphones and they could have used Windows for fancier models. For example, the N9 which ran Meego could have went Android and the Lumia could still be running Windows Phone. At leats give us an option. Android being more popular vs Windows Phone would have garnered Nokia far more money in sales even if they were top dog. They would still make far more cash vs using Windows. Even if they are 80% of the Windows Phone market. That eighty percent is having them sell 5M devices per quarter when with Android they could have been selling 5 times as many at the least.

Especially consider the US where Nokia has never been popular at all. Having a popular OS would have helped vs using one that isnt. Even tho HTC and Motorola dont make as much money from Android as Samsung does, at last Nokia would have 2 options for making money and not just one.

Samsung is beating the other OEM through strong marketing, large devices, fancy gimmicky features, carrier choice, phone choice, size choice, color choice, country availability. All which Nokia could have easily done as well.