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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Good for Microsoft
by wocowboy on Fri 11th Feb 2011 11:57 UTC
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This is the best thing that could happen to Microsoft and Windows Phone 7 System-whatever, at least theoretically. Right now Windows Phone 7 is dead in the water, with the promised software updates nowhere to be seen and everything going against what Microsoft had said at launch: that carriers would not be in control of software and updates, Microsoft would. But as Thom says in this post, Nokia now will have a major say in these software matters, so we will have to wait and see how this plays out.

Nokia will have to come up with some sort of pretty compelling hardware to go up against the iPhone and the dozens of variations of Droids, etc from Motorola and HTC. I am an iPhone user, but I happily used Nokia phones before the iPhone. They were great, but they were not smartphones, just good basic cellphones. This will be interesting to watch.

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