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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How long has Nokia been working on Maemo/Meego? Something is very wrong with the company when it takes them this long to get a Linux-based OS to market. It isn't as of they are building an OS from scratch and they spend plenty on R&D.

Then they partnered with Intel who has no experience in mobile phones or operating systems.

Even if they got their one MeeGo phone out at the end of the year it would not have caused a Qt revolution. At current rates it would probably would have had bugs and required another year of tweaking. That would be well into 2012 and it would have to compete with a slew of new phones, all offering more to consumers.

The CEO made the right decision to abandon ship. MeeGo was on track to bomb, Qt wouldn't have saved it.

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