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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RE: Android is NOT magic!
by bert64 on Sat 14th Sep 2013 10:49 UTC in reply to "Android is NOT magic!"
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At the time Nokia were a significant player, symbian was huge and their dumbphones were even bigger... They had plenty of manufacturing clout thanks to the huge number of dumbphones they sell so they could have competed on price had they wanted to, plus they were a known brand with a good reputation so they could also have competed at the higher end with apple...

As it happens, their lumia series are basically being sold at fire-sale prices in order to shift any units at all, they are pretty much *only* competing on price and only really selling to former dumbphone users who have never used android or ios before (ie phone shops see them as suckers).

They do not differentiate with windows phone, other windows phones are exactly the same, the only reason to buy a nokia over an htc or samsung windows phone is the price. Android manufacturers actually differentiate a lot more through custom frontends and the like, although arguably most of these actually make the device worse than stock android.

Nokia could easily have been where samsung are today, had they embraced android.

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