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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Nokia, Goodbye!
by Not2Sure on Fri 11th Feb 2011 19:23 UTC
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Let me get this straight. Symbian is a horrible OS because it's old. WP7 is good because it is new. What an insightful analysis of "strategy."

You realize Nokia just traded "up" to an OS with no copy/paste, no multitasking, single-closed developer platform with a rather junky toolchain all for a UI experience that seems not to really click with end users but hey, its got kinetic scrolling so it must be good! Oh and a app store with fewer apps of generally lesser quality than Ovi.

No it's good because Nokia will be able to customize it! What? They have full control over Symbian/Maemo customization too. This is just backtracking spin.

WP7-based phones sold so few units in the US not even MS will talk about it and despite a rather heavy marketing push. We're talking Kin numbers here. No one wanted it. No one is going to want a nokiasoft version neither US nor abroad and certainly not in Latin America or Asia.

As a long term third party developer for Nokia, all I can say is, end of Nokia. Goodbye. It's too bad RIM isn't positioned to attack those markets aggressively atm.

P.S. Thom you really have no clue in the mobile space. Sorry. Worst possible strategy for Nokia, pretty much dismantles half the company when it should have been aggressively expanding and innovating either via development or acquisition ala RIM and QNX.

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