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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RE: Influence over OS development
by deppbv78 on Fri 11th Feb 2011 15:03 UTC in reply to "Influence over OS development"
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Even though what you are telling about Android is true, it'd have come at a price to Nokia. It'd still have to maintain an extensive software R&D team for developing Android the way they want it to be. Further, it's easier for other android vendors to copy the design (hardware & UI) that Nokia would have brought in their device as differentiation.

While, in case of WP7 Nokia can reduce much of their software R&D spend and ask MS to develop SW & HW ref in whichever they'd require. This is what I believe as providing direction to MS on future developments. This would easily thwart the competition as 1)they'd not be ready with a phone meeting reference design and 2)they'll not be able to get Nokia specific software customizations, giving them the power of differentiation.

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