Nokia; from a burning platform, to a sinking platform

I’ve been thinking a lot about this decision to use WP7 from Nokia, as I’m sure many people have, but I’ve wanted to wait for the dust to settle down before blogging, so here’s what I think; it doesn’t make any sense from any point of view.

Technically, there is nothing that can compare to the linux kernel, which works on everything; supercomputers, mobile phones, TVs, routers, web servers, desktops, refrigerators, etc. Not only does it work, but it works well, much better than everything else. As an example, the work that has been done to scale linux’s vfs to many processors (64) does benefit embedded, because some operations are more granular. Or the work on power management lead by embedded helps web servers, where decreasing power consumption is also very much wanted. This creates a environment of synergy never seen before, where even competitors work together. Linux won the kernel race, and its use would only increase; the ones that try to fight against it would only fail miserably.

Sinking

WP7 is only the last iteration in Microsoft’s attempts to come up with something that has any market in the mobile arena; all the previous attempts have failed. What makes anyone think that this time it would work? And how many companies have successfully partnered with Microsoft? There’s no reason to think that WP7 has any future.

If you look at the list of mobile phones running WP7, you would see that it’s very small, and you would also see that there’s only one hardware platform supported: Snapdragon. To make WP7 work on a wide variety of platforms, even Intel, on a relatively short amount of time, is simply impossible. It can only be done with linux.

And why would phone manufacturers, such as Samsung, find this platform appealing? Before, it was marginal, and now it’s hijacked by Nokia with the “exclusive deal” with Microsoft. Phone manufacturers should know by now how difficult is to work with Microsoft and its technologies, and how exhausting must be to try to differentiate. As Nokia colleague puts it: “Where is Nokia’s brand in ‘Windows Phone'”.

It’s a sinking platform, and most likely others would jump away from it soon. But Nokia is now stuck to the death. Thanks to Stephen Elop, there’s no plan b.

Balance

Android is not perfect, manufacturers are finding it increasingly difficult to differentiate, but Google has the last word. Now, Android is the #1 platform, and the market share would surely keep increasing if nothing drastic happens. That’s not good.

Other phone manufacturers have to look into alternatives to Android, if only to increase competition and thus make Android continually improve itself, and not left unchecked. So what are the options? WP7, MeeGo, or a new platform from scratch.

I already listed some of the disadvantages of WP7, and starting a new platform from scratch never looks too appealing, so, ironically, MeeGo might seem now a viable option. It wasn’t previously, because the fight for balance was against Nokia, now it’s against Android.

Intel is going to continue to work on MeeGo, and there’s already many other companies and people working actively on it; that’s not changing. Moreover, Nokia will continue working on it, in fact, nothing changes before the first MeeGo product is released. So MeeGo is still pretty much alive.

What if

What if other phone manufacturers join MeeGo, and continue without Nokia? What if Nokia’s first MeeGo product becomes a bomb (as is the plan)? What if WP7 fails?

It’s hard to guess the future, but I’ve had good luck in my previous guesses, so here’s my foretale; Windows Phone 7 is going to be significantly delayed, and then fail, badly. But that would be too late for Nokia to do anything else; all the confidence in the company would be lost, from consumers, share holders, developers, parters, etc. Elop would probably blame it on Nokia’s execution, some managers would get fired, and Microsoft would buy Nokia for cheap.

That’s a lot of guessing, but what is clear is that linux will dominate the market one way or the other.

Personally I’m still committed to Nokia’s first MeeGo product, which I firmly believe is going to be remarkable in many aspects. After that nothing is clear, but unless Elop and the Board of Directors gets fired, I’d say the future of MeeGo in Nokia is very dim, as well as the future of Nokia itself.

Update: Motorola is confirming my thoughts so far; can’t ‘envision’ using WP7, and hopes for more competing platforms.

Update: Intel is officially looking for phone manufacturers as partners,

Update: Motorola is not satisfied with Google’s Android

Note: Everything written here is my personal opinion and has nothing to do with my employer. Also, I have not used any internal information to form my opinions; everything is available publicly.

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34 thoughts on “Nokia; from a burning platform, to a sinking platform

  1. Well, Elop has said on Tuesday in an interview with engadget that MeeGo is where Nokia works on the “next generation” of things to come and they want to be at the front with defining that generation. If he really meant this the way he said it, he more or less sees Windows Phone not to be the complete future, but a step on the way, which is interesting in its own regard, I think.

    That said, my first reaction to the NO(kia)-WIN(dows) deal was that we as a community need to lobby for device vendors to jump onto the MeeGo train as now is the perfect time to do that – and you also mentioned this: http://home.kairo.at/blog/2011-02/device_vendors_think_meego_now

  2. Having played around a bit as a user and a developer, WP7 is pretty great. It’s definitely a huge step forward from previous MS mobile OSes and is in many ways nicer (though less mature) than Android and iOS.

    I have had a lot of hope for Maemo/MeeGo, but it hasn’t eventuated. The state of things there is frankly quite embarrassing.

  3. @Robert In order to work on the next generation, you need a surviving company, I doubt Nokia would be in any shape to make anything happen if/when WP7 fails. If Nokia was pursuing both WP7 and MeeGo and see what works best, sure, there would be hope, but right there’s only one platform.

    @Ian Well, MeeGo means many things. I would still wait to see Nokia’s MeeGo phone before deciding if there was/is potential or not.

    Anyway, I’m not saying WP7 is bad, although as you said it’s less mature than Android and iOS, and as time goes by probably iOS and Android would advance much faster than WP7. What I’m saying is that WP7 works only on one hw platform, and it would be very difficult to make it work on other platforms, and I’m also sure it would be difficult for Nokia to adapt hardware to it, fine tune power management, high quality camera, etc. as it currently does on linux. Not to mention the difficulties of partnering with Microsoft.

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  5. As everyone is saying that WP7 90% bad choice for nokia . as everyone know that windows OS always a Memory hunger and not reliable. for symbian or android they dont need special attention once it is installed on the device but Windows alway need hotfix security and blah blah….
    I love to have Nokia best phone but never with a Windows OS. Nokis should go for Meego . i have read review for meego and trying to install it at my end .. but it was awesome .. and hope i could installed it in my devices and it has future of nokia.
    Sorry Nokia but if you really wanted to change the plate form you could go for Android . however if every company will have one plate form then thee will be no competition and single plate form manufacturer may misuse of its wealth
    Nokia should develop MeeGo so it will help nokia to make his own plat form and give competition to Apple RIM Google , Windows is not stand anywhere if we talk about the Smart Phone’s worlds.

  6. @Robert: the problem with MeeGo is: Nokia intended to bring MeeGo to market with an established ecosystem of apps and developers, by allowing it to run all Qt-based apps previously written for the Symbian market – thus avoiding the “great new platform, shame about the lack of apps” issue. This plan has now been destroyed by the decision to essentially terminate the Ovi store and render the Qt-migration strategy obsolete.

    No matter how good any future MeeGo-based Nokia device is, it won’t have any significant body of apps available to it – MeeGo has been neutered from a Nokia perspective.

  7. I’ve developed for Maemo/MeeGo for two years and I like this platform. So aim of my question is just to clarify your logical steps. There are plenty of mobile linuxes: Bada, LiMo 4, WebOS. Do you think some of those platforms is going to become a bomb?

  8. I bet Elop was promised millions from Microsoft for his decision. He’s still working for Microsoft but at Nokia. If Nokia can have confidence in WP7 why can’t they have confidence in MeeGo?!!!. How sucking an NSeries would be under WP7, yuckkk.
    Elop must have a deal with Microsoft on the side.

  9. My view is I don’t believe WP7 was a good choice, not that it can’t work as I have played with it and it is interesting, but it is behind in a lot of areas from both a developer and user stand point, so it has a lot of ground to make up and the core platform and UI is vastly different from anything out there so it has an uphill battle in both developer and user adoption and it OEM backing is weak so I don’t see a lot of adoption in either area to keep it alive given BB QNX and hp WebOS are coming at the same rate. Meego offered the opportunity for familiarity for both developers and users due to the OEM’s ability to hide what they want visible or to allow it to be as complex as developers or users want.

    Elop is not going anywhere though not in the short term. This is a board backed choice at nokia so given the radical shift they have to give it at least 3 years to become profitable.

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  11. @Matt Vogt Sure, the MeeGo mobile ecosystem has been destroyed, but the Nokia MeeGo phone can still be a relative success in many other aspects.

    I still hope it will be a revolutionary phone that would help pave the way to a new open mobile platform to compete with Android.

  12. I am sorry too say this but meeego will nevver be a bomb in nokialand. With the Micrrosoft deal its almost ikmpossible. I amj sure Nokia will only ship it in small volumes like n900 and make sure it only get marked as a geekphone…

    but I will probadly buy it just too support the engineers wsorking on it, because I beleive ikn meego like i did on maemo, even if i know they will have a small budget and testteam and probadly not ready for the mass…

    alse dont forget latest rumots says it is not a phone :(

  13. I think you have to look at it from Nokia’s point of view as a business. Whilst the n900 is a fantastic piece of hardware, there are quite a few things lacking and so they have nothing to effectively compete with the various high end smartphones from other providers. They need to get something out the door fast so that they have something high end to sell in large volumes. WP7 might not be the perfect choice, but it makes sense for the moment and if the Microsoft route doesn’t prove to be so great in the long term, they have still kept some fingers in the Meego pie. I think it is really a matter of short term issues and they’ll decide long term once they know what is going on.

    As a programmer who doesn’t use linux, I find that trying to get up and running to code for Maemo is a real pain in the neck and I’ve never had the time to actually get it all working, even with the virtual PC images that are supposed to be preconfigured. Coding for WP7 seems pretty easy by comparison (alright – fair enough, I do have Visual Studio installed already, but anyone can get an Express edition download pretty easily) and I really think that if Meego is going to compete really well, it needs an effective IDE that is really quick and simple to set up on Windows. I believe it should be possible to download and install the IDE and have a quick “hello world” application up and running on the phone in 15 minutes tops.

  14. @Mike I’m not talking about Nokia management; I’m talking about the market. Regardless of what management thinks or does, if the MeeGo device is shipped, as is the plan, it might receive a lot of positive feedback, as did the N900.

    @Wizzard You say Nokia needs to send something out the door soon, however, a MeeGo device is expected this year, when will the first WP7 device ship? Even Elop himself has no idea, as he mentioned in a recent interview, he would know in a month or so, and the public will not know until the device is almost out. From that perspective, MeeGo seems to be more ready than WP7.

    Also, you need to remember that an IDE is irrelevant if you don’t have a good array of phones to run your apps on. You need to have many things; good hw, many phones, multiple phone manufacturers, multiple chips, etc.

    Moreover, by the time Nokia realizes its mistake, all the talented MeeGo developers would be working on another company, and who would trust Nokia this time?

    And finally, you have many IDE’s to write Qt applications on: NetBeans, Eclipse, Qt Creator, etc.

  15. @FelipeC WP7 is already a working OS whereas if Maemo is anything to go by, once the first release of Meego comes out, it will still be missing fairly major features. In all fairness, WP7 is also missing pretty major stuff (eg. clipboard), but they are a few steps ahead with sorting that out and they can shove it in 10 different new handsets by the end of the year. At the end of the day, the old Symbian was aging badly, but I do miss the completeness of it.

    At the end of the day, I don’t believe that Meego is going to be ready to go to the scale of dozens of models across different manufacturers in the next 12-18 months. Not only that , but if Nokia keep so much of their software development resources working on Meego then even when they do bring it out, Ovi Suite will take ages to catch up (again) and people won’t be able to sync with their PCs properly (which still isn’t working completely and reliably with Maemo). WP7 already has a load of supporting software and at the end of the day the software on the phone and on the PC isn’t really their headache – they can work with MS on it and just co-brand it.

    If Meego developers have decided not to trust Nokia, that is up to them. As far as I understand, Nokia hasn’t abandoned Meego completely, and I don’t think that was ever the intention.

    I’ve tried to get Qt Creator working, but I ended up spending about an hour on it, still wasn’t sure exactly what Qt was and then gave up. There is a really steep learning curve to try to work out what everything is that is involved if you aren’t familiar with it and I just don’t have the time to learn it all and work out the quirks of getting everything up and running. If that applies to me, it certainly applies to a lot of other coders out there who could potentially be helping out with development or developing their own apps.

    I didn’t even know that I could use NetBeans or Eclipse (neither of which I am familiar with), and I imagine that if I downloaded either of them, I’d end up spending a good few hours trying to get them set up to build Maemo/Meego apps in Windows and even if I found a nice guide to how to do it then it would be completely out of date.

    Sorry if I’m coming across as pretty negative with all this. I haven’t looked at Meego in any detail yet but I’m sure that there is a lot of impressive stuff in it already. I also really like Maemo and I think it has some really clever stuff in. It is great for me, but it isn’t something that I’d recommend that my family and friends use because I really feel it isn’t mature enough and I really doubt that Meego is going to get to that level in the next 18 months either so I really think that they are making the right decision. I really hope that it does do eventually and Nokia use it on a wide range of handsets (maybe even have the option of which OS on some handsets).

  16. @Wizzard You don’t understand how Linux works; MeeGo _already_ works on dozens of phones, because Linux does. If you can manage to run Ubuntu, Debian, or Fedora on a phone, then you can run MeeGo, because at the lower levels the software stacks are the same. That’s why Texas Instruments was able to run MeeGo on OMAP4 without any help from Nokia, and the same from Renesas at MWC. Scaling to multiple hw platforms has never been an issue with MeeGo.

    All that Nokia had to do, is finish the upper layers; the UI. Then the same software would run on multiple hardware platforms. In fact, it already does. However, Nokia has not shared the latest developments in that area to MeeGo upstream yet, but it will happen. So, before criticizing MeeGo, you first need to see the first Nokia device.

    Sure, WP7 is ready on one hardware platform, but not on any Nokia phone. Will it scale to multiple phones and hw platforms? No.

    And if you take Nokia’s plans, MeeGo’s upper layers will be ready before WP7 even works on one Nokia phone. So the point still stands.

    And finally, if you are a Windows developer, of course you would find easier to develop on WP7, but for the rest of the world, that’s not really an advantage.

  17. What I don’t get is why everybody only mention MeeGo when talking about alternative. As I see it Maemo with QT4 is a much more viable option. I love my N900. Sure it could use a bit of polish here and there. The GUI could be polished to look better, it still jerks a bit because background processes run out of control – but all in all it offers much more functionality than any other phone OS I have seen and much more important – it is there and it would really not take much dedicated effort to iron out the small issues that are still there.

    Nokia should have stayed with Maemo!

  18. @FelipeC I get that MeeGo is more scalable but I think you are oversimplifying. You might be able to get a nice rock solid scalable architecture in terms of the OS and yes, Nokia could stick a UI on that fairly quickly and easily but I’m talking about phone features. I’ve had quite a few examples with my N900 where it hasn’t supported various things that I would expect from a high end phone and although I manage to work around them and I am happy with them, a lot of people wouldn’t. I know I’m talking about Maemo, but I don’t believe that the same won’t hold true. So fine, I can live without voice dialling and I managed to patch up a few features that weren’t inbuilt like adding PBAP support so it can talk to my car kit. I could also get PPTP support up and running if I had the patience, but for the moment I can’t be bothered. The problem is that all this stuff is annoying and whilst some of it may be sorted for MeeGo, I’m sure that there will be other things that aren’t. Frankly I just don’t believe that there has been enough time to get it to that level of completeness so I think that the first MeeGo handsets are going to be best for those of us who are more technically inclined.

    I’m not trying to say that MeeGo is rubbish. I doubt that I will personally use WP7 as it looks unlikely that it is going to be available with phones with a hardware QWERTY keyboard, which I consider essential to me. All I’m trying to say is that I think that WP7 is going to suit Nokia’s short term needs for a mass market OS better. Long term, I have no idea. MeeGo looks a lot better to me in the long term, but I have no idea what MS are going to do with WP8. I’ve got my N900 on a contract for another 11 months so I have no idea what will come in that time. For me personally, I would rather be carrying a decent device with a proper OS on than a cut down OS like WP7, but I don’t believe that is true for the majority of people.

    At the end of the day, a lot of it comes down to the whole difference of philosophy between open and closed source. Open source stuff has made fantastic headway in loads of areas. I think Linux is great for running web servers. I really like MySQL. There is loads of stuff that is really good, but it is mostly designed from the perspective of being technically good as opposed to being designed from the point of view of usability for non technical users. The vast majority of non technical users of PCs don’t use Linux – they use Windows. This is definitely changing but I don’t believe that we’re there yet. Also, MS are definitely becoming better from the technical perspective so the gap is closing. The software that they are shipping these days is far more robust and secure than it used to be and a large part of that is because they have to compete with open source products. I think that the competition is great for both sides. At the end of the day, I’m not particularly sold on either side – I can see the advantages of both and I’m happy to use whatever gets the job done best for me at the time. For the moment that means that I’m happy using Maemo. It doesn’t mean that I’d recommend it to my friends and family though.

    From the programming perspective, yes, of course it is going to be easier for me to code for a Windows phone and that is a fair point, but it should really not be so inordinately complicated to get started developing for Maemo (in all fairness I haven’t tried MeeGo). I’m not a complete Linux newbie – I have been running a Linux dedicated server online for about 7 or 8 years which has about 150 websites on it. I’ve been coding for 23 years and I have worked in a range of different languages. If it is a pain in the neck for me to get it up and running, it will be for a lot of other coders. End users want lots of apps these days and the only way of giving them that is to lower the barriers to development.

  19. @Wizzard N900 was not intended to be a mainstream phone, the first MeeGo device was/is.

    Even then Maemo 5 has some radical features that WP7 most likely will not get any time soon, like true multitasking, and copy/paste.

    Also, in the mobile arena, most people use open source; Symbian and Android, not Windows. You say people don’t care, but they do, not because the software is open, but because it’s good. And there’s a lot of applications, people have no problem developing for Android, so I don’t buy your argument that Windows is somehow better in that respect, in fact, far more people are used to develop in Java than in C#.

  20. @FelipeC I know that the N900 wasn’t supposed to be mainstream. Maybe I’m being unfair on MeeGo, but I suspect from the announcement that Nokia don’t think so.

    I entirely agree that Maemo 5 is better than WP7 for me personally (although I believe WP7 has copy and paste now).

    Unless I’m very much mistaken, Symbian didn’t start off open source and Android was actually one of the ones I was thinking of when I said that things were changing. Android has been out for well over 3 years though and they have had the full force of Google’s money behind it (that said, I have no idea of relative funding levels of Android vs MeeGo). I don’t know why Nokia chose WP7 over Android or Symbian. I wasn’t really trying to say that WP7 was necessarily the best choice – just that I think that Nokia are right to use something else as a stopgap.

  21. For me it is clear. I will not buy a phone with WP7. My next smartphone for sure will be MeeGo (and if not available – then Android). I do not care who will produce the hardware.

  22. According to all the pieces from the press conference/releases, it will be a “device” from the “MeeGo computer” department. I am quite sure that it will not be a MeeGo smarthone but a tablet or something else. Very likely, the contract between Microsoft and Nokia does not allow for news Nokia smartphones on platforms besides WindowsPhone and Symbian. If something like this is not integral part of the contract, MS would not have paid a couple of billions of Dollar.

    Anyway, I will NEVER buy a Nokia Windows Phone. Android does not fit my needs as MeeGo does. Hence I will wait a bit more and hopefully another manufacturer will partner with Intel, soon…

  23. Well i am not a developer or programmer at all,I am technically inclined, and I have used all OS exstensively.All mobile platforms are always continuesly evolving so wether it has a million apps or only a few as long as it has the basic needed apps it all comes down to functionality and I can tell u as a end user the N900 is the best damn phone ive ever had and Meego is the only thing that can match it. It handles media the best,documents the best,browser that nothing can match… Apps is a relatively new craze for the moment is important,but to a end user as myself once the novelty of a million apps wears off you only really want those that u need. Nokia was stupid to waste even a cent on wp7 as it will never be what meego can be…..

    I know im saying a lot of things but from a ‘mass’ user meego looks amazing and with some work I know that the it will definitely be the best OS…

  24. Hello..
    Just thought to share/agree my thought with you.
    I have been reading a lot blogs about Nokia’s shifting to WP7.
    I personally see that, if a radical change needed to rescue Nokia’s economy then
    the answer is not wp7. Nokia should have considered open source. also symbian 3 all what it needed is a new UI, as WP7 is, a new UI based on WinCE.
    The speculation for Meego are high..i am waiting desperately to lay my hands on their
    handset, and to support it’s ecosystem. As you mentioned Android is the leader but not perfect.
    As a result nokia must support Meego since we never know the future.
    My other concern is Qt. I dont want to see it fadding out. Althoug Nokia said they will keep investing on it. I hope that.
    Regarding Wp7 and hardware. No mobile OS can do without ARM.
    Even snapdragon is not ARM but takes a lot of it.
    Hence Microsoft started directing to ARM.

    http://www.gadgets-reviews.com/microsoft-wp7-arm-cooperation.html

    thanks

  25. @ Lars Thomsen

    I totally agree! Maemo could be the BEST! Actually for me Maemo still does not have an alternative.
    I used almost all major nokia phones(and of course other brands too). I have been a fan of symbian with the innovations it brought to the mobile world. But after making some marketing mistakes Nokia was beaten with it’s own innovations from another company that “ONLY KNEW” how to market and advertise.

    I am not that negative about the WP decision. Because of iphone, Americans finally got educated about mobile technology. When people was using 6600 in Europe, in the states side people were using cellphones that had nothing interesting(was huge in size and heavy! etc.. etc…)

    I personally think if Microsoft and Nokia plays right.. There will be no iphone and android left in the mobile universe. (maybe the fan guys will only use it) Because Americans now educated, they now look for alternatives, other options… And when they look for alternatives there Nokia can come into play. I believe that if Nokia can go back to it’s innovative phase(6600, N95 8GB etc…) The other devices simply cannot compare to the devices that Nokia will produce.

    Is the WP answer?
    Even though it can be successful (if played right by Nokia and Microsoft) I personally think it is a longer road to reach the success by Nokia.

    Maemo was like adopted son for Nokia. With only a little bit of attention and resources Maemo simply could become the BEST OS of choice.

    I personally have hopes for WP of course just because of Nokia!
    But I DO NOT think that Maemo should be abandoned!
    Maemo has great potential!
    Nokia! I can “easily” pay up to 2000$ for a developed Maemo device
    which has physical keyboard, 12mp cam, 1080p video, nice sleek design, improved batt life, superior CPU & RAM etc… etc…

  26. Thanks Felipe. Great article and comments.

    I’m totally excited about MeeGo other time.

    About Nokia: I think tere are two possible futire situations:

    The worse is it may end being bought by Microsoft for a few cents as its stock market value get very low if WP7 Nokia phones fails to sell in great number (for usual Nokia phone sales, not for Winodws phone sales). The worse WP7 and injured-Symbian sales, the best (cheaper) for MS to buy Nokia.

    The best would be if Nokia, after WP7 phone fails, abandoms WP7 exclusivity and it sells other platforms movile devices, including Android for mid-range and MeeGo for hi-range. I hope Finish or EU authorities take a role to prevent Microsoft from buying Nokia.

  27. If wp7 bombs, Elop still can replace all employes with lawyers to rise the share price. Ending up with a nice SCO-style patent troll (with or without MS backing), this however however with a powerful patent arsenal.

    The various lawsuits between smartphone manufacturers (incl. Microsoft) show that there’s a huge “market potential” for such an IP troll :(.

  28. @davidg

    You forgot the third alternative: WP becomes a success.

    No matter if we like Nokias decision or not (I don’t like it), it’s arrogant to assume that Nokias WP strategy will be a failure. It is a huge risk, but I’m not seeing why it cannot work at all.

    In a previous blog post Felipe links to an article explaining that Nokia concluded it could no longer afford the financial costs of MeeGo development. With that as a basis the decision of Nokia to move away from MeeGo (that was likely made by the board half a year ago) and to move to WP makes sense to me.

  29. @Adrian Bunk

    You are right: it is possible WP7 be a success (for both, Nokia and MS).

    What I see incorrect and incredible risky is to bet all on WP7. If WP7 fails Nokia would be in a extremely bad situation. With the size, name and know-to-do of Nokia, I think it would be better to use multiple platforms like Samsung does. For nokia it could be to use WP7, Android and other own system (totally or partially owned or promoted) like Symbian or MeeGo.

    If Samsung works with Android, with WP7 and at the same time they develops its own Bada platform, I don’t understand why Nokia can’t do that.

    I wasn’t aware about Nokia could no longer afford the financial costs of MeeGo development. I’m looking for that post to read it.

  30. @davidg

    I was wrong with the “previous blog post “, it’s actually an update Felipe made to this blog post here. Read the article linked at “Intel is officially looking for phone manufacturers as partners,”.

  31. @Adrian Bunk Another possibility is that Symbian regains it’s strength, another one that Google files for bankruptcy, and that Apple opens the source code of iOS.

    Sure, it’s possible that WP7 becomes a success, but not likely.

    And regarding “Nokia could no longer afford the financial costs of MeeGo development”, I say ha! Nokia is spending way much more in Symbian, even though that platform is going to disappear. See.

  32. just been watching the nokia wp7 launch.its rubbish there are so many bad things about wp7 no nfc as microsoft does not support it.the n9 is the best phone nokia have ever produced the os has so much potential.it would have killed wp7 thats why elop stopped the release in most of europe.

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