On March 1st I joined Nokia as Senior Product Manager, Internet Handhelds. I’m based in Helsinki. In Nokia’s org I work in the Convergence Products Business Program, which is part of the Multimedia group.

I’ll be responsible for the development of new Nokia products based on the open source Linux software architecture developed for the Nokia 770 internet tablet.

Analysis on Nokia’s Convergence Products act in Business Week last month:

One way or another, the 770 is a sharp break from Nokia’s past that points the way to a dramatically different future.

Here’s a link to the article.


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March 17th, 2006 at 6:46 am (#)

Exciting stuff! Congratulations.

Henriette Weber Andersen
March 17th, 2006 at 10:41 am (#)

Congrats Jyri ! they are going to be very pleased with you.. is the PHD finished then .. ?
and if you start hiring, you know where the coolest questioness in Denmark is.. *s* – I would love to work for Nokia..

Howard Rheingold
March 17th, 2006 at 2:12 pm (#)

Congratulations, Jyri! Good for Nokia!

March 17th, 2006 at 6:22 pm (#)

This is great news, Jyri — very pleased for you. Exciting all round.

March 17th, 2006 at 6:52 pm (#)

Jyri, that is great news. Congratulations!

March 17th, 2006 at 8:04 pm (#)

Heh, congrats :-) It is the most exciting Nokia product line…
It will be interesting to see how Maemo devices will relate to the (Symbian) smart phone products. Complement or replacement? ;) I wonder how long until we’ll see software like Nokia Sensor for 770…

Aidan Roe
March 18th, 2006 at 7:42 am (#)

Congratulations! So will Nokia now being talking to Apple for a hybrid Nokia-Apple iPhone to sit along side your Tablet? Generator research recently made the point that, “The mobile content side is interesting but you could also offer knock-out voice service with this approach – Apple could offer free WiPod to WiPod calls, using a Skype-like software application. A lot of people in the mobile industry will be worried when this starts happening.”
Enjoy the new job and great to see that Nokia have the wit to employ sociologists in work like this. Regards, Aidan (URBACT)

March 18th, 2006 at 11:16 am (#)

Uh. Oh.

Jyri, who held a wonderful, rather abstract speech on my Metro Media panel at DLD06 (video), now officially joins Nokia to develop tangible things: I’ll be responsible for the development of new Nokia products based on the open source Linux…

March 18th, 2006 at 7:46 pm (#)

This is very good to hear. Congratulations!

Vinay Rao
March 19th, 2006 at 10:38 am (#)

Happened to come here from Marko’s page. I am from India, and have a fundamental personal and professional interest in mobile devices. Nokia is one of the few companies that just seems to get it, for want of a better expression, as far as most world markets are concerned. However I sense that there is going to be a major shake up in the next 6~10 months because of some killer applications ported on some killer products, including some that may have been originally directed towards emerging markets like where I come from. We may be (or may even NEED to be) looking at an altogether new product archetype for the next gen of handhelds, and this is not just about convergence.
I’ll be back later to discuss more.

March 20th, 2006 at 5:49 pm (#)

Vinay: Earlier I concluded in my blog –
http://icct.blogspot.com/ – that the 770 could be a hit on emerging markets (certain areas in places like Poland, Russia, India and China). It is much cheaper than a laptop and much more powerful than a smart phone. I figure it would appeal to the IT-savvy, young population segment in these countries. Wireless networks like WLAN or WiMAX could be the norm of connectivity in these places as there is little existing infrastructure and these networks are cheap to deploy.
Once the technology begins to spread from these moderately developed areas, there will be needs which are hugely different from what exists in the highly developed countries. For example one would probably have to create completely graphical user interfaces – no text, but just icons and images. For example your phonebook/contacts would be a collection of thumbnails, you will tap/click on the person you want to contact, then select the image of tape(?) for voice messaging and the image of a telephone for calls…
For my part I’m rather interested to hear your views on the future of handheld devices/applications and what role emerging/developing markets play in them. :-)

March 26th, 2006 at 11:13 am (#)

Cool, congrats! Good for Nokia indeed!

Mike Butcher
March 29th, 2006 at 7:35 am (#)

Congratulations, I look forward to seeing some decent wireless in Helsinki then, as Nokia gets its act on VoIP phones together ;-)

March 29th, 2006 at 7:43 am (#)

Go Tricoders!
Voi hyvin.

Jan Michael Hess
April 9th, 2006 at 6:45 am (#)

Hi Jyri – wishing you lots of success in your new open device job. Nokia is a super successful company and they seem to stay cool and open while leading the market like nobody else.
I guess you are now making up your mind which dream device you want to push first from the inside.
Here are some ideas for the open dream device I would like to build:
– Imagine a community hardware development process for a device similar to open source software development.
– Start to coop with the consumer and developer community from day 1 when key features and rough target costing are defined.
– Define an open device with WLAN/Bluetooth AND 3G.
– Sell the open device directly to consumers over the Internet after having it tested thoroughly in all 3G markets you want to target.
– Thumbboard for faster text input is mandatory for a data device.
– Think about a build-to-order approach where devices are manufactured after the consumer has ordered and prepaid the device.
– Tell consumers about the rough cost effects of building in better hardware components (e.g. 4 instead of 2 Megapixel camera, 1 GB NANDFlash instead of 500 MB, 600 MHz CPU instead of 300 MHz CPU …).
– Make a contest for new exterior device designs in the developer community.
– Think about hiring external product designers to come up with new concepts as done by KDDI with the au design project.
– Make the Linux version running on the device 100% open and document all APIs such that reverse engineering gets easier.
– Cooperate with MNOs and MVNOs that offer inexpenisve 3G data plans to make the open device programme a real success.
– Launch a new brand for the open devices if you think that the core business with closed MNOs will be jeopardised by Nokia’s open device strategy.
– Think about a radio module that can be upgraded when new WAN technologies hit the market, e.g. Mobile WiMax. It would be nice to plug in a new radio module instead of buying a new 500 Euro device.
– Do the maths: If you can sell 100.000 pre-ordered build-to-order devices online at a cost per device of €300 and you calculate a margin of 25% (online retail price of €400) then you are able to develop cool devices with a €30 million development and production budget and €10 million profit for micro segments. That will be key to very individualised device-powered lifestyles.
– Think about how to change every parameter in the art of device making when you go from closed to open.

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