Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Sep 2013 23:56 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

A team within Nokia had Android up and running on the company's Lumia handsets well before Microsoft and Nokia began negotiating Microsoft’s $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia's mobile phone and services business, according to two people briefed on the effort who declined to be identified because the project was confidential. Microsoft executives were aware of the existence of the project, these people said.

Another person said the idea of Nokia using Android wasn't a part of Microsoft’s discussions with the company about an acquisition, even though that was widely recognized as a possibility.

Windows Phone never fit into Nokia's DNA. It's too closed, too external, too controlled; Nokia had little influence over its own destiny with Windows Phone. It's not surprising that many of the brightest minds in the company left in the wake of the Windows Phone announcement (such as the team now at Jolla).

Nokia should have gone Android.

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Nokia Android? Heck no.
by ronaldst on Sat 14th Sep 2013 00:22 UTC
ronaldst
Member since:
2005-06-29

Personally, I would have loved a proper successor to the N9. I've played with one and it's got a much better UI than Android. Too bad pre-Elop Nokia couldn't see the incoming tsunami that was the iPhone.

Nokia is in a good place at Microsoft. Better than being sold off in parts to various holders.

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RE: Nokia Android? Heck no.
by No it isnt on Sat 14th Sep 2013 10:27 in reply to "Nokia Android? Heck no."
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Me too. But having actually used one for a year, I disagree that the UI is all that superior to Android's. Android's notifications are much better, and I think that's very important for a phone. But WP8 isn't an improvement, and is still lagging behind on pretty much everything else (the notable exception being the browser, which absolutely sucks on the N9).

The N9's multitasking and integration of services is still better than all the others, of course. Sms, Google Talk, Skype messages, whatever, all integrate into the same messaging UI (they're extensions to telepathy, IIRC). Voice calls are the same whether they're via phone, Skype or Google. You don't need an app for that, just add the proper account.

Also, the low power AMOLED mode used for displaying the time and notifications was really really useful.

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RE[2]: Nokia Android? Heck no.
by Lennie on Sun 15th Sep 2013 18:57 in reply to "RE: Nokia Android? Heck no."
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I don't think notifications is such a big problem at first. If I'm not mistaken both iPhone and Android eventually changed their notification system in later releases.

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RE: Nokia Android? Heck no.
by modmans2ndcoming on Tue 17th Sep 2013 00:29 in reply to "Nokia Android? Heck no."
modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

Get over it... Nokia was in a nose dive. The N9 was built to compete in a Windows Mobil/BlackBerry world, not an iPhone world. By the time Nokia would have come to market with anything relatively close to as mature as ready as Windows Phone 7 would have been another 2 years and we see how poorly the just-barly-late-to-the-game Windows Phone has done. Nokia went with them because they provided Market differentiation, a solid development pathway and a strong potential to execute on a good app market given their past relationship with developers and their commitment to quality tooling.

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