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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RE[2]: Android is NOT magic!
by _cynic_ on Sat 14th Sep 2013 13:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Android is NOT magic!"
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WP and Android are not magic. They compete in the same market for the same customers.

People talk about WP as if it was a market apart.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:

Yes, that's what Apple bloggers do with iOS too; they segment the market arbitrarily to make it look better. E.g., Apple bloggers will often only focus on the US, ignoring the fact that iOS isn't doing well anywhere else. WP advocates tend to do the same thing.

If you need to arbitrarily exclude important markets to look good, you're not doing good.

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modmans2ndcoming Member since:

Though, WP has a point... they do really well in the other large phone markets....Google knows WP8 is a good platform for users and that is why they make using their services difficult.... I am an android fan boy but I would certainly have bought a Lumia 521 for my son rather than an Optimus F3 had Google services (especially music) been officially supported with native apps.

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