Reading this thread & looking @ my NOKIA N8 with Belle, I've got to ask "burning oil platform"?
True, Symbian was a little long in the tooth, but, my N8 simply suffers from being two years + old - it does everything else & Symbian Belle brought an Android-like UI which is smooth, despite being underpowered. There are some niggling little issues, but overall it does what I need it to do ...
my whole issue is needing / wanting more screen real estate - If the N8 had a 4 to 4.5 " screen, I'd be good to go for the next 2-3 years ...
with a Symbian phone, which could have smoothly transitioned NOKIA to MEEGO (w Marketing, it coulda been a contender)
informed/intelligent comments are welcome.
Some people just can't be reasoned with, jjprusk is one of them.
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The word 'Pentaband' means '5 Bands', from the Greek word 'pente' meaning '5'. For a phone to be pentaband it has to support 5 bands. If the phone has AWS support, it doesn't automatically mean that it is pentaband. The reason Wind and Mobilicity users like pentaband phones is because the reverse is true. We're not the only ones who like pentaband phones though, so please stop referring to phones that work on Wind and Mobilicity as pentaband. It causes unnecessary cofusion.
MS' strategy is very strange. They obviously couldn't wait till now to release Windows Phone, but in doing so, they did screw up Nokia pretty bad. Lumia just started gaining traction before MS stopped that and announced no upgrades/backwards compatibility to these current market devices.
Also, what's with MS trying to pick off the carcass' of every dying OEM. Danger, Nokia, now RIM possibly? :-S
MS has far too much money to burn obviously.
In the extreme case, look at what Amazon did with the Kindle Fire. It is Android under the hood, but it sure doesn't feel like an Android device, and doesn't even use the Android market.
It remains to be seen how the bet on Microsoft pays off, but the omens don't look good.
"I didn't get fat by accident. This was a personal choice. " - Kevin Gillespie
Nokia couldn't have done what Amazon did. They already tried building their own ecosystem with Ovi, and that flopped. They had to join another ecosystem, with WP they could leverage their own assets. With Android, they'd have to give up all their investments into Maps. That would be disastrous. With the WP partnership, if Nokia decides to do their own platform again in the future, they've got the Maps that they've continued developing. With Android, they would have had to sell it off, or only rely on it for S40.
So it's like MS has a fixed bet and a deal with several devils, and the omens look good because their soul is sold.
I can't help but think the fiasco of no current WP phones being upgradable to WP8 is a disaster. Alienate your customer base and risk driving them to seek other solutions. That's exactly what Nokia did to me years ago. Lack of North American support finally forced me to look at other platforms and I ended up with BlackBerrys for a decade. I never would have looked if my N95 didn't need a firmware update that never came (while euro-verisons got multiple updates).
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/...8610NP20120702, which is yet another milestone on the march to $0 OS. It is for "feature phones", but as with all technology these phones will eventually eat away at the high-end market very quickly. The days of M$ controlling the OS space and collecting their exorbitant fees for their junk software are coming to an end - and none too soon!
More competition is good for all of us. The current Android/iOS duopoly isn't a good thing. A world with several a few viable smartphone OS platform alternatives would be a good thing.
It will be interesting to see if Microsoft gets pushed out of their pretty much exclusive position in the enterprise space. They offer a compelling cohesive toolset, and most companies just hand over a blank cheque to Microsoft every year rather than explore cheaper alternatives. Their IT folks have a vested interest in maintaining their MS investment. Many of their skills would become useless in a world dominated by free/open source software. In the unlikely event this happens, this would kill Microsoft's biggest cash cow, and might well spell their doom.
For every Android smartphone sold, M$ collects royalties from the vendor for certain proprietary (hardware / software ??) solutions included.
NOW, as far as Nokia, they "have a contingency plan" ...
Have to wonder if that includes Android (or Meego or Tizen ??)
Picture an Android 4.1 (JellyBean) OS (because we don't need no ICS) in a Lumia 900 package ! Oh, the shell of the Lumia 900 is a tad small to accomodate the dual processors, LTE radio & NFC ... so let's re-tool & blow the housing out to a 4.5" display & we'll need room for the SDcard slot & ... We'll make it in RED for Verizon, BLUE for AT&T, MAGENTA / PINK for TMob - because after all, we're trying to save our a$$e$ !
and we'll still produce some Win8 phones, until M$ screws us again ... then plan B!!