Nokia April 1, announced its largest flagship store in Shanghai would close. However, April 1 being Fools Day no one took the firm’s announcement serious, but it wasn’t a joke.
Nokia’s Shanghai flagship store, probably the largest the firm still operated is closing down, Nokia closed its London flagship store in 2009 and recently sold over 100 memory flash patents.
Opened in 2007, and the largest shop still owned by the firm, Nokia was likely beaten by the flooding of Android based devices which have sold more than its Symbian phones. Its sales in the country were down by over 70 percent while Android signed up 300 million users.
According to TechinAsia, Nokia’s closure went unnoticed on social media. After the firm posted the announcement on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, only 938 followers reposted the “Goodbye Shanghai” compared to posts that get over tens of thousands of interactions.
As Nokia closes shop in Shanghai, Apple is expanding its line, with now eight Apple stores across the country. Apple began with just three stores in Shanghai.