Nokia might give up on wearables

From Engadget - February 15, 2018

But despite the company's confident move into the health market, it wrote down $175 million of goodwill on the business in the third quarter of 2017, which essentially means Withings' net assets were not as valuable as Nokia initially thought. Nokia has tried to replicate Withings' previous accomplishments, but what works for a small French startup has clearly not worked for a conglomerate with expectations of huge success. And, there's less demand for wearables now than when they first landed -- by the time Nokia got involved, Apple already had a firm hold on the market.

It's unclear where Nokia's strategic review will take its health business, beyond the high job losses. In a statement the company said the review "may or may not result in any transaction or other changes". However, it does appear that Withings co-founder Cedric Hutchings has stepped back from his role, as new hire Rob le Bras-Brown now takes the title of Nokia's head of digital health. We have contacted Nokia for comment.


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