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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RE: Influence over OS development
by dagw on Fri 11th Feb 2011 11:59 UTC in reply to "Influence over OS development"
dagw
Member since:
2005-07-06

Nokia could rewrite half of it if they wished so. They don't need to go to Google and beg for any changes.

Only if they are willing to give up getting their phone blessed by Google and thus willing to give up access to the Google Android apps like Maps, Mail and Market.

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qbast Member since:
2010-02-08

So? They have Ovi maps, Ovi store, etc. There is also community port of Qt to Android which already works quite well. If they finished it and installed on their phones by default, Symbian/Qt developers would have path forward. Sure, it would segment Android ecosystem, but it would be Google's problem, not Nokia's.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

The N900 get's it's travel directions from Ovi or Google already. It seems the could provide mapping and navigation already let alone in an alternate future where they chose Android.

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maethorechannen Member since:
2009-09-03

if they are willing to give up getting their phone blessed by Google and thus willing to give up access to the Google Android apps like Maps, Mail and Market.



Nokia already have thier own Market, Maps and Mail (have a look at ovi.com). They could have ported them to Android.

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Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

What if they could get someone else to pay for the porting, because they have been signed on as the software partner?

I feel odd about this deal. Not particular fond of Microsoft, and used to consider Nokia the Microsoft of the mobile industry (until Apple and Google appeared). But despite my scepticm, this might be more clever than it appears at first. Microsoft needs Nokia and has been willing to sink a lot of money into new business areas before, if Nokia can get them to spend that money on their behalf, I might be worthwhile. On the other hand, they may get screwed like everone before them.

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asharism Member since:
2005-06-30

" Nokia could rewrite half of it if they wished so. They don't need to go to Google and beg for any changes.

Only if they are willing to give up getting their phone blessed by Google and thus willing to give up access to the Google Android apps like Maps, Mail and Market.
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Well this is a good call as if Nokia could actually write a phone OS and thereby its ecosystem, they would have succeeded with Symbian or Meego or possibly both.

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