Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Feb 2011 00:04 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Speaking of Nokia - Engadget got their hands on what is supposedly an internal memo sent to Nokia employees by the company's new CEO. It's... Brutal. As in, brutally honest. There's no sugar-coating here, no unicorns, no glitter. "Nokia, our platform is burning." Update: Android is probably out of the question. Will it be Windows Phone 7, after all? Damn; Palm tonight, Nokia Friday - what a week for mobile! Update: The "Communities Dominate Brands" blog published an in-depth analysis of the memo, which claims with sound arguments that it might well be a hoax.
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by Praxis on Wed 9th Feb 2011 00:55 UTC
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And thus rumors of Nokia adopting wp7 gain more veracity. He was equally scathing of Symbian and Meego, but they can't very well drop symbian on the low end since their really aren't any true alternatives yet. Meegos main flaw seems to be its lateness, and I think everyone can agree that that is true. They had a working OS in maemo, did the merger with Intel's moblin really set them back that far, one have to wonder if that was a mistake. The memo does not give me much hope for the long term prospects of either.

However wp7 is not a perfect savior. Its more a less a closed platform and there is little Nokia can do to it on the software side to differentiate themselves from other OEMs. The strongest innovation Nokia has on the software side right now is Qt, which doesn't transfer to wp7 at all. So all Nokia could innovate on is the hardware, and lets be frank here they aren't exactly that far ahead of everyone else. Their stuff is generally slower than everyone elses ,the processor at least, but compensate with a decent sense of design and good build quality ,similar to apple really. Both good traits but nothing that other manufacturers can't replicate eventually. The decision to join Microsoft ecosystem is also on fraught with compromise. Join an existing ecosystem may net them some new customers (if Microsofts ecosystem take off) but also remember that only Microsoft will be directly profiting off that ecosystem, same with Google and Apple. This isn't a bad thing really. Its the same position all the other oems find themselves in, but its not what Nokia would find ideal.

I guess what I'm saying is that if Nokia does switch to wp7 its not something I would get excited about (unless your a Nokia stockholder) or really consider a huge win for Nokia. Rather its an admission that they couldn't hack it in the software business and going back to take their places among the commodity hardware oems. This might not be a bad thing for Nokia overall, it may make perfect business sense. But its not really very exciting as an observer. Which in the end is all I am.

Edited 2011-02-09 00:59 UTC

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