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October 04, 2012



With hindsight, it seems the Nokia board, or controling share holders, "sold" their Symbian users to MS as WinPhone users. The price were a few billion $ plus support and MS stock etc.

Elop was hired to finish that job.

It failed due to the incompetence of MS and Elop, and obviously due to WinPhone.

Explains most facts to me.


If someone is interested: The story of Nokia MeeGo,10


Yes, that article was interesting. It confirmed everything that I suspected about MeeGo, in my position as a complete outsider, and added some more interesting details.

What I suspected:
1) Partnering with Intel was a mistake.
2) As the project became more important, it acquired more corporate overhead and slowed down.
3) From a Time to Market perspective, dumping GTK+ for Qt was a bad idea.
4) The Symbian people feared for their jobs and interfered. How ironic.
5) Qt was not ready on Symbian when it was put to that purpose.

What I learned:
1) Intel was supposed to be an equal software partner and major hardware supplier, and it was neither.
2) The UI went through 2 time-consuming redesigns as the executives shifted around. The first Harmattan UI was hideous.
3) Ironically, the Burning Platforms helped MeeGo to actually ship.
4) Elop actually did try executing at Nokia properly, before he did the burning platforms style execution.
5) The different Maemo and Symbian developments of Qt UI reminded me of the fiasco around Symbian, back when Symbian was supposed to be multi-vendor. How fitting that Nokia, which was a leader in destroying Symbian's original purpose, should succumb to the same practice, when applied internally.


The data in this post was the basis for a rather poor Business Insider column which suggested that the 59% of people who buy feature phones and ultra-low-cost phones (cumulatively, phones under $80) would be unable to afford a smartphone. I don't think that's a correct analysis at all - there are already a bunch of Android smartphones available for under $80 and I think we'll see an explosion of devices that category in the next year. My guess is that in 2014, low-cost phone buyers will be spending the same amount they do now, but they phone they'll be getting will be a smartphone.

[As an aside, data is also a lot cheaper in the developing world than people think. In India and Sri Lanka, you can get a prepaid broadband package that costs about $1.50/month for 1GB of data]

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