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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Android did not fit in Nokia DNA
by double_s on Mon 16th Sep 2013 08:20 UTC
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I will reserve my opinion about Windows Phone, but I can say Android as provided by Google was more than anything not fitting into Nokia's DNA, with its sometimes chaotic and often inconsistent interface, geeky target audience (contrary to Nokia's audience), and Google-Services rooted more and more into the OS which would had to fight with Nokia's own services.

Android would need a significant change "a la Samsung" to make it suitable for Nokia, and I guess that is exactly what this secret team was doing, and it is unknown how far they managed.

But the numbers are speaking, the current growing rate of the LUMIA family and the shareholders support is showing that Nokia made a good bet (with an unpleasant 2 years that scared the hell out of them), and the outcome of any other OS bet is guesswork.

That Nokia decided to try Android seems to me more a response to the circumstances and pressure from the press, and not than the OS would fit in their DNA, if so it would have been their former choice over Windows Phone.

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