Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Feb 2011 11:35 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless A lot of people are wondering why Nokia didn't choose to go with Android. How can Nokia differentiate themselves when Android is a lot more open and free than Windows Phone 7? As usual, the key to this is in the details. If you read the announcements carefully, you'll see that Microsoft offered Nokia something Google most likely didn't. Update: What a surprise. Elop just confirmed Nokia has a special deal with Microsoft. Whereas HTC, Samsung, and so on are not allowed to customise WP7 - Nokia is, further confirming my theory.
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Nokia would have no influence of Android? Hello, it is open source. Nokia could rewrite half of it if they wished so. They don't need to go to Google and beg for any changes.

Wishful thinking. They'd have to rewrite their own changes every time Google released a new version. They'd still have no influence over Android's future. They'd still be at the mercy of what Google does. They'd create a different Android version and bring in application incompatibilities.

With this deal, they get to shape WP7 AS IT DEVELOPS, as an INTEGRAL partner. THAT is the key.

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segedunum Member since:

They don't get to shape anything. No one is ever an integral partner with Microsoft because all Nokia will be is an OEM. This is a well trodden path.

I'm curious as to why you think they will have some kind of influence of Windows Phone, or whatever the damn thing is called these days, when they can do actual development with Android and at least plough a lot of their own furrow. The apps stores today are also the iPhone first and Android second. Developers and users don't want a third. There's just no point.

I bet Microsoft can't believe it's luck and Nokia's desperation. This will finish Nokia off and keep Windows on mobiles on a little bit of life support.

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segedunum Member since:

Oh, and if all you are is a hardware producer you don't really want to be competing with cheap far eastern manufacturers who are slapping Android on their phones at a dime a dozen.

Once again, if you don't at least have some form of control over the platform code-wise then you have and are worth nothing.

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flanque Member since:

Microsoft will buy Nokia.

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qbast Member since:

With this deal, they get to shape WP7 AS IT DEVELOPS, as an INTEGRAL partner. THAT is the key.

Now that's wishful thinking.

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makkus Member since:

As if Microsoft would let Nokia help to develop WP7.

They had a good smartphone platform (Hildon/Maemo), they had even some tablets (N700, N800 and N810) and a phone (N900) manufactured with this platform. But what did they? Did they churn out other ones and fine tune it, slap a market on it and start get appealing for the crowd?

No they changed the platform to a new toolkit (QT), after a year or so they integrated the changed Maemo with another platform, which used the previous toolkit (GTK+) they used for Maemo and the Clutter toolkit, which integrates in GTK+ from Intel (Moblin) and it became Meego. After a another year they still hadn't released a phone with this triple changed platform.

What are they, dummies?

Maemo was good enough platform when it was released with the N900, it could easily compete with the early Androids. They lost the momentum by taking years to rewrite it instead of gradually change and improve it while churning out sexy smart phones.

They are dumb! If Microsoft is wise they will not let them near the WP7 code.

When the N800 came out, I thought it was a missed change, because they left out a SIM chip. That was four years ago. They could have ruled the smart phone world, but they didn't dare it when the time was right, so Apple blew them out of the water.


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TusharG Member since:

Wrong!!!! They can fork the current version of Android and move on with own changes with new name for OS! They have nothing to do with google once they fork the current android branch and create a new OS like Nokidroid!

With WP7 they should not expect to penetrate the upper smart phone market as that market has big boss sitting like iphone and galaxy S and many LG,Samsung, Htc WP7 phones. They need to show they are different in that segment!

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