Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Feb 2011 11:35 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless A lot of people are wondering why Nokia didn't choose to go with Android. How can Nokia differentiate themselves when Android is a lot more open and free than Windows Phone 7? As usual, the key to this is in the details. If you read the announcements carefully, you'll see that Microsoft offered Nokia something Google most likely didn't. Update: What a surprise. Elop just confirmed Nokia has a special deal with Microsoft. Whereas HTC, Samsung, and so on are not allowed to customise WP7 - Nokia is, further confirming my theory.
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Influence over OS development
by qbast on Fri 11th Feb 2011 11:49 UTC
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Nokia would have no influence of Android? Hello, it is open source. Nokia could rewrite half of it if they wished so. They don't need to go to Google and beg for any changes.
Compare that to WP7 - yeah, they may have some say in OS development at the beginning, when they are still biggest player in WP7 sandbox. But it is only as much influence as MS is willing to give them - and can revoke as soon as Nokia is no longer critical to WP7 success. Essentially Nokia just gave keys to their mobile phone business to MS.
It may get them some cash in short term, but in long term they are going from company that shaped mobile market for decades to mere OEM like HTC.

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