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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They don't get to shape anything. No one is ever an integral partner with Microsoft because all Nokia will be is an OEM. This is a well trodden path.

I'm curious as to why you think they will have some kind of influence of Windows Phone, or whatever the damn thing is called these days, when they can do actual development with Android and at least plough a lot of their own furrow. The apps stores today are also the iPhone first and Android second. Developers and users don't want a third. There's just no point.

I bet Microsoft can't believe it's luck and Nokia's desperation. This will finish Nokia off and keep Windows on mobiles on a little bit of life support.

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