Samsung makes inroads on Nokia territory with new Espoo facility

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Plenty of companies involved in the smartphone game can be referred to synonymously with the turf they occupy; when we talk about big news coming out of Cupertino, Mountain View, or Redmond, it should be readily apparent just which entities we mean. That’s what we call a “metonym.” Certainly, it’s just as true for Nokia and Espoo, Finland, which is why we’re finding it just a bit cheeky to learn that Samsung has set up its first R&D facility in Northern Europe right in Nokia’s backyard.

Indeed, of all the places Samsung could choose to set up camp, it decided to move on in to Espoo. The cynics in us would love to believe that this is a power play of sorts, with Samsung rubbing its success in Nokia’s face, but the truth is probably much less interesting; Samsung credits the encouraging state of Finland’s tech development climate for its decision.

While this facility will work on all lines of Samsung products, there’s going to be a concentration on open source software, which strongly suggests a more than passing focus on smartphones. We wonder if this new opportunity might encourage any Nokia employees, frustrated with their company’s focus on Windows Phone, to jump ship for Samsung.

Source: TechCrunch
Image: -Majestic-

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!