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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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Not a hard question
by jeffb on Tue 16th Jul 2013 00:04 UTC
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2005-07-19

It isn't a hard question.

Google turned Elop down on any sort of special deal. So had Nokia gone with Android it would have been competing on equal footing with Asian manufacturers. With a higher cost of financing and higher parts costs it likely wouldn't have been successful. With the heavy restructuring costs Nokia was going to face even if it was moderately successful, given the margins, it likely still would have gone bankrupt.

Microsoft offered Nokia flagship status. They offered them exclusive advantages. And they offered them a lot of cash.

This wasn't a hard choice.

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