Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Sep 2013 23:56 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

A team within Nokia had Android up and running on the company's Lumia handsets well before Microsoft and Nokia began negotiating Microsoft’s $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia's mobile phone and services business, according to two people briefed on the effort who declined to be identified because the project was confidential. Microsoft executives were aware of the existence of the project, these people said.

Another person said the idea of Nokia using Android wasn't a part of Microsoft’s discussions with the company about an acquisition, even though that was widely recognized as a possibility.

Windows Phone never fit into Nokia's DNA. It's too closed, too external, too controlled; Nokia had little influence over its own destiny with Windows Phone. It's not surprising that many of the brightest minds in the company left in the wake of the Windows Phone announcement (such as the team now at Jolla).

Nokia should have gone Android.

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The problem is not android.
the problem is that both Nokia and windows just threw all the work they had out the window.
Ms completely killed off windows mobile 6, if the would have included some kind of legacy support in the system, they would have had no problems with programs. Instead apple bragged about the app store, when windows phone had thousands already. There is no excuse when I can run opera 10 in windows phone 7 just fine. Or the fact that windows phone had gpu drivers for mobile 6. They didn't know how to transition your their base.
Nokia completely bombed all their base smart phone users by killing off support without a transition in place. What is the upgrade path for n93? Or an Samsung Omnia or HD2? There was nothing but android and ios.

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