Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Jun 2012 21:28 UTC, submitted by Radio
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "One of the casualties of Nokia's latest cuts is Meltemi, the company's effort to create a new Linux-based operating system for low-end smartphones. The project was aimed at offering smartphones at prices that neither Android or Windows Phone could easily reach, but also would have required Nokia to try to woo developers for yet another operating system." I've said it before and I'll say it again: it's Elop's job to make Nokia as miserable as possible, so that when Microsoft finally makes its move, it can be seen a saviour rather than a predator. Everything that can be cut has to be cut to dive the price down.
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Is Nokia still a separate company?
by Priest on Mon 18th Jun 2012 04:19 UTC
Priest
Member since:
2006-05-12

It is amazing that a company as well positioned as Nokia was could be down 60% this year in the midst of a computing revolution to move to mobile phones and tablets.

What has stopped them from building an Android phone? With their size, expertise, and patent portfolio there isn't any reason they can't be competitive.

They could have offered something like a nexus phone, they could have offered CyanogenMod on the non-pure phones instead of developing a TouchWiz from scratch since nobody seems to want to sell pure Android. They could have used some of their developers to sell applications in the app store since that is a pretty big growth area.

At the rate they are going they soon won't exist and what's left of the husk will be sold off to patent trolls and lawyers to hold back the industry.

Sometimes multimillion dollar a year CEO's aren't any better at making strategic decisions than the $10/hr employees. I'm glad I'm not a Nokia stock holder but the rest of the industry is going to suffer from this stupidity anyway.


The real reason Nokia isn't selling Android is because if Nokia were to sign a licensing agreement to sell Android phones it might hurt the future patent war Apple and Microsoft are planning to launch against Android when they buy out Nokia's portfolio in the bankruptcy sale.

You can bet the Nokia brass has a golden parachute lined up for when that happens but it's unfortunate for the lowly Nokia employee and stock holder who don't.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Nokia wasn't particularly well positioned... it was and is entrenched in, and depending on many established, old (~obsolete and hard to bring to modern times) product lines. A classic innovator's dilemma, more or less.

Nokia as an Android shop would be likely squeezed out by the likes of Huawei or ZTE (analogously to the old PC makers giving way to ~Asian manufacturers; BTW, ZTE is already the 4th largest mobile phone maker, soon 3rd), and by Samsung (who actually makes stuff from which mobiles are made; look how that squeezes out some other "western brand" Android makers).
And Nokia knew it, wanted preferential treatment in early Android negotiations - something which wasn't in the interest of Google. Now, it seems Nokia perhaps found that, in MS.

But if you think Cyanogen even enters the equation WRT the dynamics, the scales here...

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