Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Feb 2011 09:05 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It's official. Dismissed as a silly rumour by many, Nokia and Micorsoft have just announced a very comprehensive partnership in which Windows Phone 7 will become Nokia's prime smartphone platform. It goes a lot deeper than that, though. Update: Qt will not be available for Windows Phone 7. Qt will remain the development platform for MeeGo and Symbian. Update II: During its Capital Market Day event, Elop confirmed Nokia will not make a comprehensive MeeGo product line. It will be a platform to learn from, but it won't become a competitive platform. Update III: Android was not an option because it would be difficult to differentiate there. Update IV: There will be 'substantial reductions in employment' in Finland and around the world. Also, before I forget, thanks Engadget for the live-blogging where I get this stuff from!
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Differentiate?
by bert64 on Fri 11th Feb 2011 10:44 UTC
bert64
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2007-04-23

In what way is it more difficult to differentiate with android than with windows phone?

With android, nokia would have been in control and would have been able to make any changes they wished...

With windows, they are limited to what changes ms will allow them to make... And if ms favour nokia over other resellers then those other resellers are likely to move closer to android.

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RE: Differentiate?
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 11th Feb 2011 10:45 in reply to "Differentiate?"
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2005-06-29

With windows, they are limited to what changes ms will allow them to make... And if ms favour nokia over other resellers then those other resellers are likely to move closer to android.


Yeah seems like a weird response to me too...

...unless Microsoft knows something we don't. I mean, HTC and Samsung etc. aren't exactly pushing WP7 as it is, so maybe Microsoft is betting these companies simply aren't enough to get WP7 out there. Maybe they'll give Nokia a lot of say in how WP7 develops - something Nokia wouldn't get from Google.

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RE: Differentiate?
by arpan on Fri 11th Feb 2011 11:48 in reply to "Differentiate?"
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2006-07-30

That was exactly my thought too.

With Android, Nokia could replace entire parts of Android (replace launcher, phone & sms apps, browser etc), add support for QT, add their own marketplace etc. They can use their own processors and different phone sizes etc.

With Windows Phone, they basically have to use what MS gives them. They can't even differentiate much with hardware since they have to use only the processor & screen resolution that MS supports.

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RE[2]: Differentiate?
by arpan on Fri 11th Feb 2011 13:27 in reply to "RE: Differentiate?"
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2006-07-30

Update: http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/11/nokia-will-be-able-to-customize-...

Looks like MS is going to allow Nokia to customize WP7. Nokia says they won't make too many changes, but I guess this may have been a part of the deal.

Upto now, it looked like Nokia had been unable to get MS to make any concessions. Which was kinda odd, since Nokia has other options for an OS (read: Android), while MS really needs Nokia to make their OS successfully, since it looked like a commercial failure until now.

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