Since my post in June last year Sony Ericsson and Motorola were acquired making the victims list total 14 companies, with Nokia, LG and RIM having joined the “endangered species list”. If the pattern repeats, then RIM and Nokia are in early phases of what promises to be an extended period of pain followed by an exit.
Regardless of their actual financial performance, all these companies have been, to a varying degree, struggling to keep up with the innovation pace and business performance of Apple for over three years. As of today though, I find it difficult to imagine that Nokia will get acquired anytime soon. On the other hand, I can totally see that happening to RIM. Provided that there’s someone who would actually want to buy it. Remember what eventually happened to Palm?