Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Jun 2012 21:28 UTC, submitted by Radio
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "One of the casualties of Nokia's latest cuts is Meltemi, the company's effort to create a new Linux-based operating system for low-end smartphones. The project was aimed at offering smartphones at prices that neither Android or Windows Phone could easily reach, but also would have required Nokia to try to woo developers for yet another operating system." I've said it before and I'll say it again: it's Elop's job to make Nokia as miserable as possible, so that when Microsoft finally makes its move, it can be seen a saviour rather than a predator. Everything that can be cut has to be cut to dive the price down.
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Nokia wasn't particularly well positioned... it was and is entrenched in, and depending on many established, old (~obsolete and hard to bring to modern times) product lines. A classic innovator's dilemma, more or less.

Nokia as an Android shop would be likely squeezed out by the likes of Huawei or ZTE (analogously to the old PC makers giving way to ~Asian manufacturers; BTW, ZTE is already the 4th largest mobile phone maker, soon 3rd), and by Samsung (who actually makes stuff from which mobiles are made; look how that squeezes out some other "western brand" Android makers).
And Nokia knew it, wanted preferential treatment in early Android negotiations - something which wasn't in the interest of Google. Now, it seems Nokia perhaps found that, in MS.

But if you think Cyanogen even enters the equation WRT the dynamics, the scales here...

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