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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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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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

"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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Holy fuck. Because HTC didn't receive financial support from Microsoft, which was valued above Android to Nokia. They were on the verge of dying.

Do you not understand this? Nokia receive $250 MILLION DOLLARS A QUARTER. Was Google about to open its purse strings? Of fucking course not, because they tried Android first.

Why do you think the Google exec was so pissed off when they went with Windows Phone? Because negotiations collapsed.

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Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Holy f--k. Because HTC didn't receive financial support from Microsoft, which was valued above Android to Nokia. They were on the verge of dying.

Do you not understand this? Nokia receive $250 MILLION DOLLARS A QUARTER. Was Google about to open its purse strings? Of f--king course not, because they tried Android first.

So because HTC _didn't_ get a fat bonus from MS they could make android and windows phones? (btw Nokia was doing fine until elop stopped all non windows phone stuff. they didn't need that money)

Why do you think the Google exec was so pissed off when they went with Windows Phone? Because negotiations collapsed.

I would be a little bit upset too when a phonemaker wants to be treated better than all the other phonemakers. Dick move.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Do you not understand this? Nokia receive $250 MILLION DOLLARS A QUARTER


So basically it went like this:
Microsoft: Sure, we'll save your sorry ass from extinction but in return you'll have to ditch all this Maemo crap and don't even think about Android. You're a Windows Phone maker, period. Deal?
Nokia: Sure thing!

Very little to do with business analysis of Android scenarios or Lumia design or whatever.

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Tractor Member since:
2006-08-18

Do you not understand this? Nokia receive $250 MILLION DOLLARS A QUARTER.


This is highly inaccurate.
Nokia received a "voucher" of up to $250 million dollars to be spent only on MS Windows Mobile license, and MS Windows Mobile advertisement.

So basically, they received Windows Mobile License for free during their first two years. When compared to Google's Android cost, which is open source, is that really such a great deal ? I doubt it.

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