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PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless A perennial question that revolves around Nokia is: why didn't it choose to go with Android to replace Symbian when it decided to kill that as its smartphone operating system in late 2010?
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Nelson
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2005-11-29


Did he really believed that with the death announcement of Symbian, after making Symbian developers believe that Symbian C++ was dead and the way forward was Qt/C++, developers would bet the farm again on their products?!


I don't think he cared. Qt/C++ still is a while away from being a viable ecosystem in and of itself.

Symbian, Metelmi, MeeGo. They all basically said the same thing: Time, time, time.

Windows Phone devices from Nokia hit the market eight months after the announcement. That wasn't going to happen with any alternative.

This whole "Osborn Effect" thing is overblown, Symbian sales were collapsing a full quarter prior to the Windows Phone announcement.

Allow me to provide you with a quote:


but even in its worst period, never did Motorola lose a quarter of its market share in any six month period. I don’t mean this is the end for Nokia, but the signs are very dangerous, if two quarters have already gone like this, the cause is no freak accounting error or component shortage, it is a major systematic problem that has to be corrected immediately before Nokia finds itself ranked 3rd or 5th or – like Motorola which went from 2nd to 9th in all mobile phones (smartphones and dumbphones combined) in only 4 years. Right now the Nokia market share is not in decline, it is in a dive.“


Who am I quoting? Tomi Ahonen, the hero of many Nokia haters here. This was in January 2011, before Stephen Elop announced the Windows Phone deal.

As far as developers are concerned, Nokia didn't need developers. Not a single Symbian developer needed to cross over. Microsoft had the .NET army. Nokia needed to provide the operator relations, manufacturing foot print, and phone hardware support (along with mapping IP and other stuff).

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