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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Exactly. I had my pile of cash all saved up to by the N900's successor for Christmas in 2010, when it was supposed to ship.

I would have happily bought it warts and all, and waited for the beautiful UI release in summer 2011 when the N9 finally shipped.

Instead, they deprecated the N9 even before finally selling it, and switched to an OS (and partner) of which I'm quite un-fond. When the Edge failed to win enough funding, and Jolla decided not to ship to the USA (yet), and with my old N900 finally starting to come apart from 4+ years of hard use, I broke down and bought a Nexus 4 on fire sale.

Nice phone, but I'll still pursue an alternative to Android and iOS - perhaps load Ubuntu Touch on it when released. Even a relatively open OS like Android needs good competition to innovate.

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