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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Maybe there's something fundamentally wrong with that linux distro inspired development model. I've seen to many companies that announce linux revolutionary products in mobile to eventually come up with nothing but burned milions.

On the other hand Google and HP are basically using heavily customized linux kernel as a HAL slapping own user space over it. Quite pragmatic choice.
For one they are strongly discouraging end devs from accessing the native system layer.
I think nothing stops the two from dumping linux in the long term (the Alien software seems like a prove to that).

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