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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Nelson
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2005-11-29

Can we stop saying this as if people don't pay licensing fees for Android? It's a really misleading statement. To get the complete Android experience, you do in fact pay Google for their applications and marketplace. They also get to tell you what to do, and how to do it, or no marketplace.

Also, there is no patent indemnification for OEMs by Google (crickets chirped as HTC was extorted by Microsoft), so that's an additional cost ontop of the supposedly free Android.

Android is developed in secret, with no patches being accepted, and then the resulting source code is dropped onto everyone once Google has had its way with it. What are you going to do, fork Android, and not get marketplace apps?

Everyone needs to get real, this was Nokia's best bet moving forward.

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