Nokia cuts 1800 jobs simplifies app development

Nokia will cut 1800 jobs as it simplifies its application development and services activities.

The company will move to a common development platform, known as Qt, for products based on the Symbian and Meego operating systems. Nokia will add support for HTML5 to both platforms.

Future improvements in Symbian will be developed in Qt and will be compatible with the current Symbian platform release, which will evolve over time rather than eventually being replaced with a new release.  

"We're making strategic technology decisions that will accelerate our ability to offer the strongest possible opportunity for developers and the richest possible experience for consumers," said Rich Green, CTO of Nokia. "For developers, it will open up a huge installed customer base for their applications. For consumers, it means a more compelling engagement with their Nokia product in terms of access to the best applications in the marketplace and a constantly improving product experience."

Nokia is also changing its services organisation, to focus on delivering compelling Ovi services across all its devices.

The news was delivered as Nokia announced third quarter sales of €10.3bn, down 2% on the same quarter last year when measured at constant currency values, total mobile device volumes of 110.4 million units, and smartphone and mobile computer volumes of 26.5 million units.

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