Talks with Microsoft Begin
Nokia is in trouble. They are down in profits and having no success making an impact on the crucial US smartphone market. Worldwide, customers are turning to iOS and Android in ever greater numbers, while Nokia fumbles every shot at redemption.
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MeeGo won't save Nokia. Quite frankly, it isn't ready for the big times. And it won't be for a while. Nokia needs a savior now. Something to lift their flagging profits and market share out of the muck.
And that "something" is Windows Phone 7. Eldar Murtazin, famously accurate industry insider, claims that Nokia has started talking with Microsoft about the launch of a line of Nokia WP7 devices. This may be Nokia's best shot at gobbling up some US smartphone share.
Unfortunately, Windows Phone 7 hasn't proved a hot seller yet. It's doing well enough in Europe though, and any turn-around is probably quite welcome at Nokia HQ right now.
The near-future impact on Nokia's fortunes isn't the most interesting part of this news. The fact that the new management is willing to seriously consider launching Nokia smartphones with someone else's OS represents a epoch-changing shift.
And it's for the better.
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Symbian can't compete with Android and iOS. MeeGo probably won't. Nokia needs safe bets. Windows Phone 7 is at least safer than an unproven OS with nearly zil dev support. And, if it works, who is to say we won't see a Nokia "A-series" packing everyone's favorite little green robot?