Nokia kills Symbian – Suicide?

As you may have read, Nokia just announced that they will be killing the Symbian OS and start using Windows Phone 7 for its smartphones. 

My question is obviously: Why not go Android? From the Washington Post article: 

At a briefing in London, Elop told reporters that Nokia also considered Google’s Android but didn’t think it could differentiate its phones from all the other Android hardware on the market and on the way.

Wait a minute… Wasn’t the problem to start with that Symbian was so vastly “differentiated”?

Although Windows 7 reviews have been favourable, If Nokia wants to “catch up” it could ride the wave (tsunami?) of an Open Source platform that has a large & growing developer and user base. 

I would think that many of today’s Android developers started out being Nokia users & developers and would continue to use & promote Nokia’s excellent high-quality hardware.

What do you think?

 

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “Nokia kills Symbian – Suicide?

  1. Ya I think it was definitely a risky move, though to me it makes sense to want to differentiate yourself from all the others. Maybe Nokia is going ‘all or nothing’: no risk no return. I must add that I don’t think that Symbian’s problem was being too differentiated; I believe it was more due to not being ‘open’ and hard to develop apps for. Apparently Ovistore is a joke compared to the multitude of apps available to Android or iPhone users.I’m not an industry guru or anything, but I think this could be a very exciting move – hopefully Nokia and Microsoft have got a few cards left up their sleaves (and I believe they do), it’s not impossible. Look at Microsoft’s very successful Xbox user interface and, dare I say the obvious-that’s-fallen-out-of-fashion, their prowess at PC operating systems. C’mon, something’s gotta give!

  2. hi,i read your comment on tertia’s website about your children and their eating habits. i have two boys, 5 and 6 , and i have turned them into picky eaters. i would love to hear your experiences about this.thanks so much

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