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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by reduz on Sat 14th Sep 2013 13:28 UTC
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My beloved Z10 died of overheating last week ;) So I went back to the Lumia while waiting for the replacement. So far it's been several days of displeasure. I can't believe it's been a year and Microsoft barely fixed the OS.

It still feels green, cumbersome and most of the applications can't multitask properly. I'm glad Windows Phone is doing better, but the OS still feels five years behind everything else.

The Z10 probably has less apps, but they are of much, much better quality than the Windows Phone counterparts.

So, I'm afraid that since they own Nokia now, they'll sit on their laurels and start focusing even less on Windows Phone, because it's been a year and the OS is still terrible.

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