Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Feb 2011 23:02 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "There's just one problem, though: the 'nine young investors' don't really exist - according to the last tweet on the @NokiaPlanB Twitter account, it was all a hoax perpetuated by 'one very bored engineer who really likes his iPhone'. Ouch."
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RE[3]: I like WP7
by _txf_ on Thu 17th Feb 2011 16:14 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I like WP7"
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MeeGo is still not ready for prime time and it is uncertain when it will be ready. Betting on it could be dangerous.

According to some, the platform was ready last year as it was harmattan/meego. What nokia feared was that there wouldn't be any apps ready for it. They also had no confidence in their ability to attract talent to the platform (despite the ready willingness of thousands of Qt developers and a couple of companies).

They chose the easy way out by leaving MS to do the hard work of attracting developers. They could have chosen to scrap it out with meego.

Choosing Android would give them a popular platform, but they would be just as much at the mercy of Google as all the other Android vendors currently are.

But now they are at the mercy of MS. Not only is the development environment completely closed, but they also have to pay to have access to the OS.

They said that they didn't want become a commodity hardware maker but inevitably that is what they will have to become even with WP7 in order to compete on price against android phones. Unless of course MS find some way to justify any premium one would pay for WP7 phones.

I do however agree that they could have handled the annoucement better. It looks like Symbian is still going to be the basis for the lower end phones, so scaring off developers is probably not a good idea.

Indeed. I still fail to see what they are going to use to replace symbian. They can't stick WP7 on lower end phones and S40 sucks. If they do stick WP7 on cheap phones then they also lose any premium appeal they need if they don't want to become a commodity hardware maker.

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