In the lull following the shipment of the Galaxy S4 and before Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference in June, two former market share leaders will reveal their next move in contending for establish the #3 smartphone ecosystem. I’ve written before about the contrasts between Nokia and BlackBerry, nee RIM, in their battle for the bronze.
BlackBerry has already says that its Z10 and Q10 will be their flagships for some time while it fills out the lower end. This would be in keeping with the R10 rumors that have been circulating. However, at the launch of those handsets, the company said that it was committing to the screen resolutions on those devices to facilitate development and that it wants to aspire to be an aspirational brand, so it will be interesting to see where the cuts go downmarket.
On the other hand and from half a world away, Nokia will be throwing its own party rivaling the BlackBerry Live confab being held in Orlando this week. Given that it has been nine months since Nokia’s last flagship, the Lumia 920, was introduced In New York, and that the company has just rounded out the low-end with the 520 series, we may be seeing a new assault on the high-end.
Both companies barbs against the current shortcomings of Android may be short-lived, however, as Google will almost certainly reveal details about Key Lime Pie, the next version of the world’s most popular mobile operating system, later this week.