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Nokia cracks on KitKat

Even though Microsoft recently purchased Nokia’s Hardware and Services division for over $7 billion, that isn’t stopping Nokia from ribbing its larger, more lucrative competitors.
Following the news that Samsung is set to soon release a device based on Android 4.4 “KitKat”, Nokia Germany tweeted a picture of a Samsung Android smartphone snapped in half with the notation "Have a break, have a..." implying have a Nokia device instead.

Clearly, the image is making fun of Samsung and trying to bring to mind the KitKat candy bar commercials that show someone snapping one of the chocolaty cookie wafers in half. And in case you were wondering, the widely rumored “Key Lime Pie” alias for Android 4.4 was voted down because it wasn't a popular enough dessert. 

For even more amusement, be sure to check out Google's KitKat video which pokes fun at Apple and Jony Ive:

Source: Twitter

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By YearOfTheDingo on 9/5/2013 10:34:16 AM , Rating: 2
The OS should have been named something else whose name starts with the letter K.

By drycrust3 on 9/5/2013 12:06:55 PM , Rating: 2
King Canute? King Kong? Kremlin?

By Brandon Hill on 9/5/2013 12:13:04 PM , Rating: 4

By YearOfTheDingo on 9/5/2013 12:20:41 PM , Rating: 2
You got the polar bears. What 'bout the Germans?

By ClownPuncher on 9/5/2013 12:41:52 PM , Rating: 2

By zero2dash on 9/5/2013 1:04:05 PM , Rating: 2
Kardashian? [rolleyes]

By Devilboy1313 on 9/5/2013 6:32:23 PM , Rating: 5
Is that for phones with large bottoms and can't actually do anything productive?

By ClownPuncher on 9/5/2013 7:19:31 PM , Rating: 3
They can shit out baby phones that will never be productive members of society.

By StormyKnight on 9/6/2013 5:00:37 AM , Rating: 1
No, silly boy. That OS is for Android phones, not iPhones...

By mackx on 9/5/2013 1:52:59 PM , Rating: 2
ok, i had to google what the hell that was. guess they wan't something that people outside of NA would recognise?

By bill.rookard on 9/5/2013 2:48:20 PM , Rating: 2
Klondike! I like that one... ;)

By villageidiotintern on 9/5/2013 2:27:26 PM , Rating: 2
King cake.

By Reclaimer77 on 9/5/2013 2:14:04 PM , Rating: 2
Who cares? Does anyone care? This is the lowest form of trash talking Nokia could think up I guess, but it doesn't doesn't help anyone figure out why they should pick windows phone.

By ClownPuncher on 9/5/2013 3:11:33 PM , Rating: 2
I'm a Mac. I'm a PC.

By troysavary on 9/5/2013 5:33:30 PM , Rating: 3
You care, or you wouldn't be getting so worked up. Easy, Google isn't your girlfriend.

By Monkey's Uncle on 9/5/2013 9:05:47 PM , Rating: 2
Is Steve Ballmer yours? @.@

oh rly
By sprockkets on 9/5/13, Rating: 0
RE: oh rly
By drumsticks on 9/5/2013 11:35:08 AM , Rating: 4
R&D stays in finland. I doubt microsoft will have a TON of influence when it comes to the mobile phone development... they know where the expertise is and they didn't just buy somebody who is an expert in hardware to say "no our way is better." Even Ballmer isn't that dumb, and with Elop as a potential CEO, or even somebody else, I imagine they'll give devices the autonomy they need to still create quality hardware.

RE: oh rly
By Mitch101 on 9/5/13, Rating: 0
RE: oh rly
By Reclaimer77 on 9/5/2013 3:28:25 PM , Rating: 2
I think Elop will be the next CEO of Microsoft and what he did with Nokia is position them to be where they needed to be. Lean and Mean with a great product lineup and excellent exclusives.

Oh my god...

Dude Elop positioned Nokia from a near market leader to a company on life-support from Microsoft. Now they don't even own their own phone division.

THIS is the measure of a good CEO to you? Someone who runs companies into the ground!

RE: oh rly
By Mitch101 on 9/5/2013 4:30:18 PM , Rating: 3
What your saying was Symbian was superior to Android/IOS and could have held its own? Somehow especially coming from you I don't buy that. Nokia running with Symbian would be like RIM/Blackberry is now an eco system looking for a lifeline that nobody is interested in. Sadly Microsoft might buy them but I hope they dont. If they do its for the patent portfolio.

Anyone who thinks Symbian could compete is delusional and change doesn't happen overnight so Elop made the right move by picking the OS the others weren't focusing on properly and running with it. Same way Samsung decided to release a premier device with Android and it paid off for them. Now you cant say Android without saying Samsung and you cant say Windows Phone without saying Nokia.

Nokia is also on the comeback just getting out the devices needed to bring them back. Its the perfect time for Microsoft to buy them right at the cusp of the growth line. Nokia isnt like Samsung they don't make the parts like Samsung that others need so Nokia doesn't have a cash cow to fall back on. However now that Microsoft owns them they have a huge cash cow of support. You can thank Elop for that he saved Nokia from being the next RIM/Blackberry.

If anything Samsung is worried about this they cant kill Nokia now and Google is going to work on Motorola wanting a return. Where does that leave Samsung, HTC, Huawai with Android? They would be dumb to think Google/Motorola doesnt eventually spell disaster for them. Samsung is making their own OS to compete with Android as a result because they see it coming. They should probably buy HP's WebOs because it wasn't bad.

RE: oh rly
By Reclaimer77 on 9/5/2013 4:40:02 PM , Rating: 1
I'm not saying any of that. I'm not saying anything. I'm just stating a fact, one that's been accepted by pretty much EVERY tech website out there: That Elop ran Nokia into the dirt and suffered from the same complacent attitude that RIM did.

I'm shocked that you, someone who's so pro-Microsoft, wouldn't be terrified at the prospect of Elop being CEO. Hell I don't even want to see him running Microsoft. Balmer was at least competent.

RE: oh rly
By nikon133 on 9/5/2013 7:39:33 PM , Rating: 4
Nokia hit the dirt under Elop, but I do think Nokia's collision path (with the dirt) was pretty much set in stone well before Elop took over.

Maybe Symbian was still looking strong back then, but it was in it's Indian summer, and deep. There was no tomorrow for Symbian. And Nokia's next gen was pretty much stillborn.

Looking at Nokia today - smaller but back to profitability, with growing sales and wide, dynamic range of Lumia products - I think they are on a good path. Would they be better with Android? Hard to say. They are brand with tradition, but looking at HTC... and to some extend other Android OEM (except for Samsung), it doesn't look like it is easy to make it there either.

RE: oh rly
By Reclaimer77 on 9/5/2013 4:51:07 PM , Rating: 3
If anything Samsung is worried about this they cant kill Nokia now and Google is going to work on Motorola wanting a return. Where does that leave Samsung, HTC, Huawai with Android? They would be dumb to think Google/Motorola doesnt eventually spell disaster for them. Samsung is making their own OS to compete with Android as a result because they see it coming. They should probably buy HP's WebOs because it wasn't bad.

And will you stop with this? It's such a hack piece of speculation you guys keep repeating. They are not going to break away from Android. And they are certainly not scared to death of Nokia. Where do you guys get this stuff? GoogleRola spells "disaster" for Samsung?!

You guys were saying this exact same doom and gloom when Amazon forked Android for the Kindle Fire tablets. Oh no, it's over for Google!! Just come on, stop.

RE: oh rly
By sprockkets on 9/5/2013 5:34:47 PM , Rating: 2
You are right. Thanks to elop, they pretty much devalued Nokia to crumbs and let them be overtaken by apple and samsung.

Way to go Elop! If there is anything a good CEO does is declare your own products suck, rid anything non-windows that was working and cause billions of dollars of financial loss!

By Dribble on 9/5/2013 12:36:47 PM , Rating: 3
People will look at it and think, yes I will have a break, eat a kit-kat and play with my samsung phone. Both having a break, and eating chocolate make people feel good so paints the phone in a positive light. If nothing else it raises brand awareness.

By ClownPuncher on 9/5/2013 5:34:06 PM , Rating: 1

Is it just me...
By augiem on 9/5/2013 7:55:32 PM , Rating: 2
...or does it seem like Google's OS code names just keep getting more ooey-gooey sweet dripping with honey cuteness rolled in saccarine every time. Makes me want to BARF! Just who is running their marketing department, Hello Kitty?

RE: Is it just me...
By geekman1024 on 9/5/2013 9:23:13 PM , Rating: 2
I would guess: Cookie Monster.

By jiffylube1000 on 9/5/2013 2:14:02 PM , Rating: 2
Considering the Google ad is brand new and nobody has seen it yet, that's a pretty obscure reference for Nokia to make. But, they may as well swing for the fences and try anything to gain mindshare.

As for the Kit Kat video - I think it's really funny. Go watch any Jony Ive explanation video from Apple and you'll see that they NAILED their choice of actor - he's got the exact same accent and sounds like a young Jony Ive.

Kit Kat
By cditty on 9/5/2013 3:29:55 PM , Rating: 2
I honestly am not a fan of the cross promotion Google did with this. I won't deny that it is a clever attention getter, but I, PERSONALLY, am irritated by it.

Now, many have commented on Samsung. I like Samsung hardware. I'm using a wonderful Samsung Laptop with Windows 8. It is well built and I am happy with it. BUT, much like my Samsung phone, they have went WAY to far with the bloat and customization. I had to blow my Windows Installation away and start over. I had to root and flash a GPE ROM to my S4 to really make it work like I want it. If Samsung forks Android or goes forward with their own OS, Moto can eat their lunch, because hardware is leveling out. Software is the differentiation and I think Samsung just tries to have the most, where Motorola tries to make quality features.

Yeah, but...
By Monkey's Uncle on 9/5/13, Rating: 0
By Zingam on 9/5/13, Rating: -1
RE: Hahaha...
By themaster08 on 9/5/2013 10:44:13 AM , Rating: 2
Care to elaborate on why?

RE: Hahaha...
By Samus on 9/5/2013 10:58:09 AM , Rating: 5
You can't reason with a troll :\

Especially a backstabber that claims to have used Nokia products happily for a decade then for no implied reason abruptly stops using them and goes to a competitor that couldn't be any more different.

If his family did this to Nokia, they probably all stopped buying Fords over one small hickup (maybe My Ford Touch) even though they were happy with them for decades, and went to a competitor like Kia...

Or maybe they were happy Target shoppers but then they heard you couldn't tip at Target-operated Starbucks locations and decided to shop exclusively at Walmart from now on...

The analogies of hypocrisy are endless.

RE: Hahaha...
By troysavary on 9/5/2013 5:42:17 PM , Rating: 3
I see no particular reason to be loyal to a company. I keep using a companies products as long as I am happy with them, but if something better comes along, I'll gladly switch. They don't care about us, why should we care about them? I have favorite products, like everyone, but I don't give a free pass just because I used them in the past. I am equally baffled by Tony Swash and his desire to defend Apple's every move and reclaimer77 and his attacks on anyone who uses something other than Android. Both are too attached to one company to be healthy, in my opinion.

RE: Hahaha...
By Argon18 on 9/5/13, Rating: -1
RE: Hahaha...
By troysavary on 9/5/2013 5:43:27 PM , Rating: 1
If they had adopted Android, they'd be like every other Android phone maker who isn't Samsung.

RE: Hahaha...
By StormyKnight on 9/6/2013 5:14:00 AM , Rating: 1
That is actually, a very good point. They also wouldn't have those $250 million infustions from Micro$loth as well...

RE: Hahaha...
By Reclaimer77 on 9/6/2013 7:18:01 AM , Rating: 1
Non-Samsung OEM's are still in better shape than Nokia was before the selloff.

RE: Hahaha...
By retrospooty on 9/5/2013 10:59:17 AM , Rating: 2
"For over 10 years me and my family have used exclusively Nokia"

I bet if you stacked your bezels end to end you could pave your driveway ;)

RE: Hahaha...
By ertomas on 9/5/2013 2:12:53 PM , Rating: 2
At least that driveway would outlast mankind :)

RE: Hahaha...
By kleinma on 9/5/2013 11:14:30 AM , Rating: 2
You didn't hear that Nokia sold themselves to Microsoft specifically to get you and your family to stop using their products? They hated you as a customer so much, they sold their entire company...

RE: Hahaha...
By Jeffk464 on 9/5/2013 12:49:29 PM , Rating: 3
I'm a 4 year android user and I'm starting to warm up to the new nokia/windows phones.

RE: Hahaha...
By Jeffk464 on 9/5/2013 12:46:23 PM , Rating: 2
Why bash samsung for the kitkat name? It is the product of google.

RE: Hahaha...
By Monkey's Uncle on 9/5/2013 3:09:20 PM , Rating: 2
Shhhhh! Nokia doesn't know that.

Their head is buried too deep in Microsoft's back orifice to notice.

Nokia will get it eventually, but until then we can watch them make fools of themselves & giggle.

RE: Hahaha...
By troysavary on 9/5/2013 5:44:56 PM , Rating: 2
They had trouble finding a non-Samsung Android phone to use?

RE: Hahaha...
By geekman1024 on 9/5/2013 9:26:52 PM , Rating: 2
Nope, they just wished they are Samsung.

Look at the market share pie-chart, they sure wished.

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
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