We haven't been covering the Nokia "will they or won't they" rumors about them adopting Windows Phone 7 to either replace or augment their Symbian/MeeGo lineup, but in the case we will because we find it quite definitive.
In an interview with CNet Asia, Niklas Savander, Nokia's executive vice president and general manager for Markets, said this about using other platforms:
Sure, maybe he's just being coy on the issue, but we have a feeling that this is pretty legit. It would have been nice to have Nokia on board, but we'll survive without them.
Source: CNet Asia
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The real question is can Nokia servive without going WP or Android at some point?
Very good question! Me thinks...no.
Here we go with the notion that only a select few mobile platforms are acceptable, first it was just apple and android now WP7 is thrown in. How about them licensing WebOS? Nokia still has meego, there is no rule that says all smartphones have to run only the "chosen' OS's. Nokia needs to get a competitive OS, no question but joining the herd and becoming another anonymous OEM running a 3rd party OS is not the way. I suspect its actually people's personal desire to see Nokia hardware running their favoured OS that drives such discussions rather than any interest in Nokia's fate in the smartphone market.
So you actually personally care about Nokias fate in the market? The fact is Meego is going nowhere and last I remember their head guy on the project left. We don't need yet another linux based mobile system, we already have one and it works fine. They also have their own OS, and Symbian^3 doesn't look half bad, but does that help it at all? The answer is NO. There could be 20 mobile platforms out there for all I care, but that's missing the point, all 20 don't sell like the "select few" at the top do, it's a fact.
There's a place in the market for both Symbian and Meego. Symbian focuses on the low to mid end while Meego works the high end. It's a solid strategy and i really don't know how you'd have an OS that could scale well given the range of hardware Nokia sells. Problem is, they're iterating at a glacial pace in the face of strong competitors. And i think they're also experiencing some of the problems Microsoft experiences with legacy software given the sheer number of Nokia devices out there. Whether or not they'll eventually license a competitor's OS is difficult to say, but i wouldn't even think it unless Meego bombs hard.
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I am not a huge fan of what Nokia does, with this many manufacturers: Good riddance
" It would have been nice to have Nokia on board, but we'll survive without them." Oh, the irony today.
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