Nokia’s disappointing announcement this morning of a “strategic alliance” with Microsoft to create a “third ecosystem” in mobile phones put me in mind of the old Stealers Wheel song Stuck In the Middle with You:
Well I don’t know why I came here tonight,
I got the feeling that something ain’t right,
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs,
Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you.
Nokia, which used to dominate the global mobile phone market when there was hardly any such thing as a smartphone, has found itself in the worst place of all – stuck between cheap phones made in Shenzhen, and the high-margin Apple iPhone.