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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I keep seeing people going "they need to give up their own OS and go with one from outside". The choice is not simple.

* Getting an OS from outside (ie. WebOS) would be useless. They'd spend too much time, resources, money on getting proficient on that OS. Taking a ready-made product in dropping it in is never as simple as it seems to people outside the software industry.

* Outsourcing their OS to another company (ie. Android or WP7) means giving up control and remaining a mere OEM.

An in-house OS means independence and a complete hardware+software stack. That's why Apple will never share iOS with anybody else. That's why we see companies making their own OS.

Android is a reasonable choice for Nokia, given the cross compatibility of Qt and Dalvik between Android and MeeGo. But it would be a shame for all the money and R&D power they have to go the easy way out. It will work on the short term but be a mistake in the long run.

Much of Elop's criticism of the laid-back management of Nokia is entitled. But adopting WP7 or Android is not the answer. The answer is to shape up and start shipping MeeGo products, and to build up an ecosystem of apps and services based off it.

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