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[3]: Comment by Nelson
by VistaUser on Sat 14th Sep 2013 16:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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They wouldn't have needed to - they had a product pipeline that they didnt have to scrap.

That would have brougth them more time.

They also had halo phones which they dare not publicise in fear that it would counter the propagada pushing them towards microsoft.

A modicum of success in those products would have brought them time to either move to Android or complete their own platform, which they were developing on the N9xx range.

Nokia's marketshare was declining, but it didn't tank until after Elop declared that "all our platforms are shit and have no future. wait til next year til we move to another platform", followed a year later by "here is our new platform! but remember this also is dead end, our new new platform will be available next year!"

Edited 2013-09-14 16:48 UTC

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