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[2]: Android is NOT magic!
by bassbeast on Sun 15th Sep 2013 08:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Android is NOT magic!"
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And compare that to Android where even the prepaid phone companies are giving away Android phones and how is Nokia supposed to compete with that?

In my area the Straighttalk prepaid is becoming crazy popular and You can have a Galaxy Precedent or a Huawei Ascend Y for...drumroll...$0. That's right, nothing, just buy a phone card and they'll hand you an Android phone. The best price I've seen for the Lumia? $99 and that was for a 2 year contract, my friend's wife looked at them and went for a Motorola Droid, why? $0.99 with 2 year contract. again how is Nokia supposed to compete with that? And let me just leave this here, the #2 OEM is reporting yet another quarter of losses, if they couldn't compete with Samsung, what chance had Nokia?

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