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.