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: So
by nt_jerkface on Fri 11th Feb 2011 17:36 UTC in reply to "So"
nt_jerkface
Member since:
2009-08-26

Microsoft just killed off an up and coming competitor Linux OS, and dealt a severe blow to the most promising application development platform on Linux (Qt)


Microsoft didn't kill off anything. Nokia screwed up by partnering with Intel who has just been experimenting with how far they can take x86.

Nokia should have focused on ARM from the beginning and let another company experiment with pint sized 486 phones. Note that Microsoft had zero interest in pushing a WP7 atom phone despite their history with Intel and x86. I suspect they had concerns over power consumption and went the safe route.

Nokia has also had internal problems. They have plenty of engineers on staff so that usually means management.

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RE[2]: So
by Nelson on Fri 11th Feb 2011 18:02 in reply to "RE: So"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I think it's safe to say Meego is effectively dead, Intel will never get it out of the door. At least with Nokia it at least had a fighting chance to see some form of release.

Qt similarly has been dealt a fatal blow by one of its biggest investors and contributors, Nokia lit a fire under Qt's ass ever since it aquired TrollTech. Now what?

For as independent as many open source projects like to claim they are, they sure are dependent on their corporate overlords. Otherwise they wouldn't be running around like a chicken with its head cut off over at the Meego and Qt forums.

This is quite the spectacle.

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RE[2]: So
by dsmogor on Sun 13th Feb 2011 14:03 in reply to "RE: So"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Well, MS definately had its hand in decision not to enable QT on Nokia WinPhone.
So they may not started the troubles but now they hold the axe.

Edited 2011-02-13 14:05 UTC

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