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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Comment by ngnr
by ngnr on Fri 11th Feb 2011 13:46 UTC
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I would prefer Nokia to go with webOS, but choosing WP7 is not bad choice either.

Nokia needed a platform, and Microsoft needed a phone maker, it seems the right moment to make this partnership.

MeeGO is/was promising but Nokia couldn’t wait until the end of 2011 to release a complete product. From an open source point of view is bad for the overall platform, but from a business point of view investing and waiting for MeeGO was even riskier than adopting WP7.

Although I’ve read valid arguments about Android been more convenient for "differentiation" I think the problem with Android could be that they didn't want to develop their own launcher - address book - sms - etc just to see how a few weeks later their modified apk's are posted in forums.

Time will tell.

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