Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Feb 2011 09:05 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It's official. Dismissed as a silly rumour by many, Nokia and Micorsoft have just announced a very comprehensive partnership in which Windows Phone 7 will become Nokia's prime smartphone platform. It goes a lot deeper than that, though. Update: Qt will not be available for Windows Phone 7. Qt will remain the development platform for MeeGo and Symbian. Update II: During its Capital Market Day event, Elop confirmed Nokia will not make a comprehensive MeeGo product line. It will be a platform to learn from, but it won't become a competitive platform. Update III: Android was not an option because it would be difficult to differentiate there. Update IV: There will be 'substantial reductions in employment' in Finland and around the world. Also, before I forget, thanks Engadget for the live-blogging where I get this stuff from!
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RE[2]: Oh well
by Stratoukos on Fri 11th Feb 2011 09:43 UTC in reply to "RE: Oh well"
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The fact that it was (probably) the right move doesn't make it any less true, or sad.

The fact is that, given the insane delays of MeeGo and that Symbian was not aimed at the high end, Nokia's move was probably right. But this doesn't leave Nokia on a very good place.

Stephen Elop's memo talked about how Nokia needed to move away from the 'hardware-only' mentality and focus on the whole ecosystem around the device. Today's news though seem contradictory. Nokia will essentially become another WP7 hardware manufacturer, with the only differentiating factors being hardware, Ovi and NAVTEQ. Mobile hardware has become so standardized these days (CPU, RAM, Flash, Sensors etc.) that the only thing Nokia can do is slap a higher MP count camera. Ovi will be yet another WP7 app store. I don't know if NAVTEQ is so good that people are going to buy Nokia it, but I doubt it.

So the way I see it is that right now Nokia has nothing going their way. They are simply a WP7 hardware manufacturer, like many others.

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