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: Nokia Android? Heck no.
by modmans2ndcoming on Tue 17th Sep 2013 00:29 UTC in reply to "Nokia Android? Heck no."
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Get over it... Nokia was in a nose dive. The N9 was built to compete in a Windows Mobil/BlackBerry world, not an iPhone world. By the time Nokia would have come to market with anything relatively close to as mature as ready as Windows Phone 7 would have been another 2 years and we see how poorly the just-barly-late-to-the-game Windows Phone has done. Nokia went with them because they provided Market differentiation, a solid development pathway and a strong potential to execute on a good app market given their past relationship with developers and their commitment to quality tooling.

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