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[2]: Nokia, Goodbye!
by dsmogor on Fri 11th Feb 2011 20:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Nokia, Goodbye!"
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Please note that WP7 is not a savior for them this year anyway.
Unless they are finishing their customizations now (which can't be possible given short time from their former strategy announcements and short presence of the system itself) and are ready to put some hardware to market in the coming weeks they will continue to loose marketshare in droves, additionally fueled by developer stir and uncertainty. Obviously can't just release vanilla WP phone quick, that would be branding subsidence.
Next year they'd better come up with full lineup of hw that sweeps all the competition of the floor (incl. IPhone 5) or their prospects in mobile space are quite bleak.

They may have not any meego gear in store for this year but they have nothing with WP7 either.
So the comparison of the outcome should take into account the situation in 12 months, not now:
- MS with ??? market share (struggling) and a somehow more complete WP7 + some nokia customizations that are meant to bring the WOW factor back (after 12 months the platform will have come off headlines)
- Meego with 0 market share, some loyal dev following and potentially nice UI concepts coming from their freedom to shape the platform.

If we assume they weren't competent enough to pull anything (better that WP7) off with meego next year that they, well, deserve their fate, but I simply don't want to accept that.

Edited 2011-02-11 21:02 UTC

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