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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As if Microsoft would let Nokia help to develop WP7.

They had a good smartphone platform (Hildon/Maemo), they had even some tablets (N700, N800 and N810) and a phone (N900) manufactured with this platform. But what did they? Did they churn out other ones and fine tune it, slap a market on it and start get appealing for the crowd?

No they changed the platform to a new toolkit (QT), after a year or so they integrated the changed Maemo with another platform, which used the previous toolkit (GTK+) they used for Maemo and the Clutter toolkit, which integrates in GTK+ from Intel (Moblin) and it became Meego. After a another year they still hadn't released a phone with this triple changed platform.

What are they, dummies?

Maemo was good enough platform when it was released with the N900, it could easily compete with the early Androids. They lost the momentum by taking years to rewrite it instead of gradually change and improve it while churning out sexy smart phones.

They are dumb! If Microsoft is wise they will not let them near the WP7 code.

When the N800 came out, I thought it was a missed change, because they left out a SIM chip. That was four years ago. They could have ruled the smart phone world, but they didn't dare it when the time was right, so Apple blew them out of the water.


Edited 2011-02-12 15:29 UTC

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