Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Jul 2013 21:19 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Nokia's vice president Bryan Biniak: "We are trying to evolve the cultural thinking [at Microsoft] to say 'time is of the essence'. Waiting until the end of your fiscal year when you need to close your targets, doesn't do us any good when I have phones to sell today." Later Biniak adds: "As a company we don't want to rely on somebody else and sit and wait for them to get it right." There was a simple solution to this problem.
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The sad truth is that Nokia found itself without the suppliers to greatly expand N9 production nor build on the N9's success. Nokia simply ran out of ways to keep making its old phones.

According to

"In October 2008 Texas Instruments announced that they would stop investing in smartphones’ baseband modems and that they were looking for someone to purchase the wireless department ... For Nokia this meant the end of the TI OMAP path for MeeGo, because the company had decided to buy the smartphone chipsets, that is the application processor and the baseband modem from the same vendor."

The lifespan for Nokia phones based on TI OMAP was not going to be long, especially since:

"TI expects revenue from baseband to come to zero by the end of 2012."

Note the above article was written in August 13, 2009, more than a YEAR before Elop was hired at Nokia, and the article is talking about how TI expected to zero out it baseband business by the end of 2012. Nokia was simply going to be cut off. Nokia could not have greatly expanded N9 production even if it wanted to because its fab partner had clearly indicated it was exiting the baseband business by the end of 2012.

At the time of 2010, the only alternative that met Nokia's requirements of a vendor who could supply all of what Nokia wanted was Nokia's mortal enemy Qualcomm, a company Nokia had only recently made a massive $2.3 billion USD payment to settling multi-year litigation perhaps more heated than today's Apple vs Samsung struggle.

Sampsa Kurri claims that Qualcomm did offer its chips for Nokia-based OSes, but "Qualcomm would have offered to do the hardware adaptation, that is the lowest level of the software that connects the operating system to the chipset, but wouldn’t help developing the operating system ... however Qualcomm probably had not prioritized MeeGo very high compared to other projects such as Android and Windows Phone."

But another complication had arisen for Nokia continuing by itself. Verizon's adoption of LTE had forced AT&T to launch a similar effort.

According to CNET, by 2010 AT&T was demanding support for LTE, even forcing Microsoft to greatly accelerate its schedule for LTE support:

"AT&T was looking for a unique device suitable for its customers, but its principal hang-up was the lack of 4G LTE support, which was a dealbreaker."

Nokia's failure in the 2000s to invest in either a modern ARM SoC like Apple did, an integrated LTE baseband chip like Qualcomm did, or another fab partner to replace Texas Instruments resulted in Nokia's being unable to even continue its status quo of selling older phones, let alone have a path for selling more advanced smartphones.

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Meego on snapdragon:

Its Linux, it runs everywhere with little work :-)

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jphamlore Member since:

Last I heard the successor to Meego, Sailfish/Jolla, was going to use ST-Ericsson chips:

"Jolla had announced a chipset deal in November with ST-Ericsson, the joint venture that Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and STMicroelectronics agreed to shut down in March."

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