Friday, February 11, 2011

On the Burning Deck

Just a day after writing this blog post about Nokia, it seems Question 5 has finally been answered:

5. Why the OS schizophrenia?

Nokia has been venturing into various different operating systems (MeeGo, Maemo) when Symbian's dominance has long been shrinking. Given Android has clear dominance among Linux-based mobile OSes, why not bring out an Android device? Or even Windows Mobile. Interestingly, new CEO Stephen Elop previously headed Microsoft's business division.

Looks like Nokia plans to do both:

Nokia has joined forces with Microsoft in an attempt to regain ground lost to the iPhone and Android-based devices.

The deal will see Nokia use the Windows phone operating system for its smartphones, the company said.

It means that Nokia's existing operating systems will be sidelined.


"We reserve the right to introduce tablets using other platforms, including ones we may be working on internally," [Nokia CEO Stephen Elop] said.