Nokia is a huge Research and Development supporter. Nokia’s own Research Center has brought much of the mobile technology we love today: the first phone in 1987, the first GSM call, the first phone with an internal antenna, the first SMS service, the first mobile web browser, the first 3G call, and the first phone with Wi-Fi connectivity in 2007 (NC). Nokia spends up to 15% of their income in R&D, quite a lot compared to similar companies.
The Nokia research center has also done a lot of nanotechnology research. Remember the Nokia Morph? That was a a nice concept, and one that is still far away to become reality. But there’s other nanotechnologies that Nokia has been working on that are much closer to the market, in fact, that are already in the market on competitor’s devices. I am specifically talking about water-repellant nano coating. I saw a Nokia prototype being dropped to an aquarium and survive, but it is Motorola that is giving the first steps with this technology, not Nokia. The Motorola Razr has something similar to what Nokia has been researching: the phone is not completely water proof, but rain drops won’t do anything to it. There’s also third party companies that are quickly advancing on the field. HzO has developed a technology that is much like the one Nokia has developed. HzO’s nano coating allows you to drop your gadget into water without any damage to the internal components.
It’s clear that Nokia is slightly lagging behind. While some companies are giving the first steps, there’s no sight of nanotechnology coming from Nokia. Where is, Nokia, the nanotechnology that has been in development for so long? We would really like to see Nokia Research bring something revolutionary to the market in 2012.