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 played it pretty smart
by dagw on Mon 16th Sep 2013 10:35 UTC
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By Going with WP Nokia not only got a big cash infusion up front, but also managed to 'force' MS to buy its failing phone business for probably a lot more than it was worth. Nokia not only walks away with a big pile of cash, but is now free to focus on the potentially more profitable sides of it's business.

Remember this is a company that used to make wood pulp and rubber boots, so it's not like they're completely alien to drop product lines and changing directions.

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They lost over $9 billion dollars during the 'turnaround' which seems to have ended with selling off the still unprofitable handset division. And that after getting $1.5 billion up front and $250 million per quarter from msft.

Could it have been even worse if they hadn't been so "smart"? Maybe.

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