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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by avgalen on Sat 12th Feb 2011 03:37 UTC
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Apple + Apple: the phone and os everyone seems to love that gets better every version, without actually having to offer anything others don't. Reliable future and vision

"Everyone" + Google: Everyone makes hundreds of phones and adds A version of Android on it. There is no consistency, no vision for the future and quality goes from complete-crap to best-of-the-best. Plenty of choice, but can consumers handle that?

Blackberry + Blackberry: The phones and OS that everyone keeps forgetting to mention but that have somehow made their way to two opposite groups of users: business (best mail) and youth (ping). It seems they have found a nice middleground between "1 phone to rule them all" and "Choice-chaos"

Nokia + Microsoft: Both have entirely changed their product (MS) and strategy (Nokia). The great hardware of Nokia and the greatly reviewed OS of Microsoft will be either hit or miss. The big problem will be that Nokia is still planning on continuing with their current products after seriously messing with their developer community.

On another note, Apple and Google have shown that taking a "Unix based" kernel and adding an entirely non-distro userland on top is a great working combination. HP WebOS seems to be doing the same.
Is there any source that explains why Nokia is having so much trouble adding a modern UI on top of it's Symbian kernel (that I believe is great for phones)
and Is Meego having the opposite problem? A good (QT) userland but problems with the underlying OS for a phone?
I am getting the impression that Nokia is great for very technical things (hardware and low level software) but have lots of trouble making good end-user software. If that is really the problem, partnering up with Microsoft is probably the best possible choice as Microsoft has proven time and time again that they DO know how to build software-for-the-masses

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