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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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.

Wishful thinking. They'd have to rewrite their own changes every time Google released a new version. They'd still have no influence over Android's future. They'd still be at the mercy of what Google does. They'd create a different Android version and bring in application incompatibilities.

With this deal, they get to shape WP7 AS IT DEVELOPS, as an INTEGRAL partner. THAT is the key.

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