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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Maybe it was just pride?
by reduz on Mon 15th Jul 2013 13:55 UTC
reduz
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2006-02-25

I think the problems within Nokia didn't really start with Elop.

They tried for so long to put Linux on a phone, tried so many things and even released the first tablets that got nice market adoption (long before Apple).

They decided they badly wanted their own phone platform after the iPhone came out, and went ahead and purchased Symbian and Trolltech to compete.

But then, everything became about Apps and turning your phone into something closer to a full operating system. Symbian didn't really cut it, and Nokia started working more in Maemo, which had abandoned most development before.

I can understand that they ignored Android for a long time, they had their own technologies and Android was truly crappy until ICS, and when it became good and widespread, they had far too much invested in Meego.

In the end, going with Windows Phone seems like it was more about pride than anything else. To consumers, Nokia is a brand that makes top quality phones, visually beautiful and with the best manufacturing processes.

They would have no doubt made the best Android phones had they switched, but this move to Windows Phone sounds more like an attempt to die with pride.

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