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[4]: Comment by Nelson
by glarepate on Sun 15th Sep 2013 18:17 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Nelson"
glarepate
Member since:
2006-01-04

"They are welcome in our world."

Great comment! Whose world is it now, Steve?

And Nigel Clifford relies on the 'too many choices' meme to dismiss Android.

The best of both schadenfreude and lessons of history.

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RE[5]: Comment by Nelson
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 17th Sep 2013 17:25 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Nelson"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

That video right there should be the legacy of Balmer. He couldn't see competitive threats for what they are. The reactions to changes in the market were too late and too terrible. It used to be that you waited until the third version of a Microsoft product, then it would be good. Well, Apple, Google and others are so good now, no one is waiting for Microsoft's third attempt.

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