Linked by David Adams on Sun 14th Jul 2013 17:49 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless A perennial question that revolves around Nokia is: why didn't it choose to go with Android to replace Symbian when it decided to kill that as its smartphone operating system in late 2010?
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RE: Leadership and business sense
by Fergy on Sun 14th Jul 2013 19:21 UTC in reply to "Leadership and business sense"
Fergy
Member since:
2006-04-10

For the obvious reasons; they would be an also-ran in Android, a market where one competitor owns and controls the ecosystem, another is an 800 lb gorilla, and there are a dozens of smaller competitors, but only the gorilla makes any money.

Windows Phone was a chance to take a leadership role in a new market, and hopefully then being in a position to actually make money. They have entirely succeeded with the first part, and while the second part is pretty shaky they are unlikely to be eyeing for example HTC with much envy on that front.

And in what way would an android nokia prevent that plan from working?
Nokia is btw an also-ran phone maker AND using an also-ran OS.

Edited 2013-07-14 19:22 UTC

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Nokia has to pick their battles, they don't have the financial capacity to simultaneously launch on two ecosystems and support both with sufficient marketing. Especially given the fact that Microsoft matches marketing dollars and subsidized the cost of Windows Phone licenses for a while.

Windows Phone is also a better holistic fit for the design ethos of the Lumia line up in ways that Android cannot begin to rival.

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Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Windows Phone is also a better holistic fit for the design ethos of the Lumia line up in ways that Android cannot begin to rival.

They had a symbian team, QT team, Maemo team. After those were shut down they were fired. They could have used android for 2 years until windows phone was done.

Why can HTC have android and windows phones and nokia can't?

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