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[3]: Nokia, Goodbye!
by nt_jerkface on Sat 12th Feb 2011 00:36 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Nokia, Goodbye!"
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The wouldn't be able to create an OS as good as WP7 in 2 years and I'm sure that was factored into their decision. Try WP7 out for yourself, I'm still shocked that it is a MS 1.0 release.

MeeGo has the Qt dev advantage but the .NET community is larger.

But more importantly MeeGo has been in development for years and still isn't ready. Like I said before I'm sure it would take another year after release to get the bugs out and they don't have that kind of time. They also wouldn't have much to offer consumers since to them it would look like Android but without the software library.

They had to partner with another platform and using Android just feeds the beast. Partnering with MS gives them a chance at breaking up the market to prevent a duopoly and makes it easier to enter later with their own OS. It's a better strategy than creating a second rate Android. MS can also be leveraged, Google probably laughed at the idea of helping Nokia.

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