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 roblearns on Fri 11th Feb 2011 16:25 UTC in reply to "Influence over OS development"
roblearns
Member since:
2010-09-13

It's amazing how ELop stated what he's going to do, but nobody gets it.

He's going to cut Nokia's costs below their sales level, to keep it profitable as it dramatically shrinks in size.

This is not good news to any Nokia fan. Also, what a bunch of wishful thinking this article is - Nokia is the OEM to Microsoft now, hand delivered by the ex-MS exec.

"Influence" my friend - influence to do what, name the thing you think is so important, lets get to the details. Name one thing Nokia needs to influence, and lets examine how that would work with the open source OS.

Android is open source, it could be forked into a completely incompatible OS, if someone so chose - it could be made into a WinPho 7 in that respect, which is also completely incompatible with Android.

To get WinPho 7 on Nokia devices by end of year, they are slapping a stock version on stock phones.

This is a huge "we don't believe in ourselves" move. Why would Nokia be drowned out in an Android world? Why can Samsung do fine, but Nokia wouldn't make it?

Heck Nokia was known for quality - quality build of the phone, they can't hang onto that reputation? But Samsung can? Why??? Koreans are just smarter than Finns?

Give me a break, this Elop has this vision in his head, and he's listening to nobody. His MS experience, is shaping his plans, and he's implementing them, come heck or high water.

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Pretty decent analysis there, and you're spot on.

Nokia will be slashed to the bone and downsized as it seeks to be profitable. That's the lot of an OEM. He's slashing research and development and is going to turn Nokia into a company that really doesn't do anything.

You never, ever give up control of your platforms and your destiny.

Elop is a total loon. Nokia should have recruited Finnish rather than bringing in an ex-Microsoft MBA idiot.

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shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

Yeah, simple vision - not to allow Meego to be successful on Mobile. M$ was dreaded by potential Linux success in hands of Nokia. They are happy now of course - Nokia works for them.

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unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Heck Nokia was known for quality - quality build of the phone, they can't hang onto that reputation? But Samsung can? Why??? Koreans are just smarter than Finns?


Many Samsung phones are just cheap generic Chinese phones with a customised Samsung branded case. They are designed in Taiwan and manufactured under contract in mainland China. They use Taiwanese designed hardware and software.

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