Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 22:17 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Nokia board chairman Risto Siilasmaa went on a Finnish television show, and stated that while he is confident in Windows Phone 8, the company does have a back-up plan if it doesn't work out. Speculation aplenty - what is this backup plan? The answer's pretty easy, if you ask me.
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I doubt it is Android...
by tbutler on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 23:17 UTC
tbutler
Member since:
2005-07-06

Nokia should be smart enough to know that simply joining in the Android fray, when Samsung is the only one doing well there, wouldn't really help. I'd put my money on either a WebOS phone (which would make a lot of sense, if HP's first Open WebOS edition is decent) or Tizen with the beautiful skin the N8 version of Meego enjoyed.

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RE: I doubt it is Android...
by Bengar on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 23:32 in reply to "I doubt it is Android..."
Bengar Member since:
2009-07-30

Why would they use lesser unknown mobile OS? Nokia Windows phones don't sell. It is not because people hate the Windows Phone OS and it's not because they hate the hardware. They are do not sell because the phones are not Android and they're not iOS. People don't want to buy into small, unknown and poorly supported ecosystems, in 2012 the established markets are too entrenched. Switching to another alternative OS would just place Nokia in exact the same position as they were before the switch to Windows Mobile.

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No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

I think there's room for one more ecosystem. iOS was doing great even when it was very small compared to today. The problem with WP7 is that even though it by all accounts has a good UI, the OS underneath it is shit, and depends on various limitations to run well. Although it has loud fans on the internet, anyone with half an eye can see that neither software nor hardware is nearly as capable as the competition (even the cameras of the WP7 phones are distinctly third-tier): you simply get much, much less for the money. Add in the dependency on Zune to sync with a computer, and it just doesn't seem very tempting.

WP8 should do away with most of the limitations. The developer base is there (with good tools), and developing for smartphones is a bit like playing a lottery anyway: it's low investment, low return, unless you get a winning number. It might become a success.

Then again, what do I know, I own an N9. Perhaps all the consumer wants is 600 000 fart apps and Words With Friends.

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tbutler Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, if Samsung is essentially the only OEM making money off of Android, which is the current state of things, why would Nokia want to move more phones without profit? It is something akin to selling standard Windows PCs... a race to the bottom. Dell and HP move a lot of volume, but their PC businesses aren't what is keeping them afloat.

Striking a different course, something less commoditized is the key to making money, unless Nokia is certain it can out Samsung Samsung... and I doubt that they can. Frankly, the fact that Nokia has continually labeled its MeeGo project as an experiment may yield credence to this too... they know they have something there that everyone was in awe over. Nokia could be quietly lining up major names to support a mass market push, not unlike how Samsung viewed bada before merging it into Tizen.

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