Nokia CEO: Our first priority is to beat Android


Today at the Mobile World Congress 2011, the biggest event of the year for mobile announcement and exhibitions, Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop stated that “our first priority is beating Android.”

He went on to say that the company had no interest in being the only Windows Phone manufacturer despite some early rumours over the partnership.

The announcement at MWC comes just three days after the official announcement of Nokia’s partnership with Microsoft over its mobile WP7 OS, with news on the same day that the company is the beginning of retirement for Symbian, as they plan to phase the OS in favour of the newly welcomed platform. If that wasn’t enough excitement for one day, Neowin reported that some Nokia WP7 concepts have already leaked, which show us a promising future for the duo.

However, among the excitement of consumers, a large amount of Nokia employees didn’t feel the same energy as they walked out of Nokia's offices around the world, causing shares to fall by 14 percent, resulting in the largest drop since July 16.

The decision to choose WP7 over Android was an easy one for Nokia, which Elop clarified when he later said "We obviously made the decision to go Windows Phone. We made the decision for a whole variety of reasons, but to understand it more, you need to understand how Microsoft viewed this opportunity to make sure there were more than two ecosystems." Which then led him to say "A decision to go with Windows Phone creates a very different dynamic [as opposed to Android]. Windows Phone is a challenger. It becomes a three-horse race."

Although Nokia believe that they will be of huge benefit to Microsoft, they still seem to be thinking about the overall benefit, and what Microsoft are able to contribute to them. "The question is, what's the contribution from Microsoft. They are contributing services like Bing and Xbox. They also -- this is a very important thing to recognize in the balance of the transaction -- they are contributing a dependency. They are placing a very significant bet on Nokia for the delivery of the location-based services. But there's another element that comes out of this: we are also receiving a new source of revenue through advertising."

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"A three horse race" ???

BlackBerry and webOS are further ahead in this 'race' than Windows Phone is right now ... though iOS and Android are the two real contenders for anybody viewing this as a race.

WP7 could beat Android, Nokia cant and they have already kind of shown that.

I think they should embrace Android and WP7 like HTC, that would be brilliant.

Orange Battery said,
WP7 could beat Android, Nokia cant and they have already kind of shown that.

I think they should embrace Android and WP7 like HTC, that would be brilliant.


Let's see. Nokia can't beat Android. WP7 can't beat Android. By joining with MS, Nokia now officially becomes another WP7 vendor. Can't see how this will make any difference, unless Nokia is allowed to chime in WP7 development but I don't see that happen anytime soon.

WP7 could beat Android, Nokia cant and they have already kind of shown that.

I think they should embrace Android and WP7 like HTC, that would be brilliant.

Haha good luck killing open source.... Nokia must accept that it's not dominant in the mobile phones business anymore. I was a Nokia loyal customer for 10 years. Last year I got an HTC Desire HD and I am not looking back. No one stays No.1 forever....

moesalim said,
Haha good luck killing open source.... Nokia must accept that it's not dominant in the mobile phones business anymore. I was a Nokia loyal customer for 10 years. Last year I got an HTC Desire HD and I am not looking back. No one stays No.1 forever....

By your logic, they should not accept that they are not dominant because Google won't stay No. 1 forever

Here in the Philippines Nokia died because of China Phones. Hope this Nokia WP7 phones will be affordable like less than $200?

kazuyenPH said,
Here in the Philippines Nokia died because of China Phones. Hope this Nokia WP7 phones will be affordable like less than $200?

Google has commidtised the smartphone market.. what did you expect to happen

my dads' N97 is 100% POS compared to my 60% cheaper samsung 551 android

i hope Nokia dont make another n97 like wp7 device.

san.W10 said,
my dads' N97 is 100% POS compared to my 60% cheaper samsung 551 android

i hope Nokia dont make another n97 like wp7 device.

SW in N97 is quite awful, but HW is one the best, still.

To All Symbian supporters: I wrote here in neowin long time before Nokia went down to 3rd place after Android and iPhone that the only problem with nokia is Symbian. Having greatest mobile phones design still using such an inferior outdated OS with lots of problem is not something nokia could rely on to maintain the first place. I think implementing WP7 on Nokia was a clever idea from Microsoft and a good chance for Nokia to get back on top.

To Symbian supporters: I wrote here in neowin long time ago just before nokia beginning to fall to number 3 after Android and iPhone that the only problem with nokia is Symbian. Nokia's design is great (just look at the sexy concept design for WP7), but having such an inferior outdated OS is not something they could hold the first place. I think implementing WP7 on Nokia was a clever idea from microsoft and also is a another chance for Nokia to have an OS.

[quote=S3P€hR said,]To Symbian supporters:, but having such an inferior outdated OS is not something they could hold the first place/quote]

Please do explain that statment ...


Please do explain that statment ... [/quote]

I am sorry about syntax errors. I typed it so fast. I could not edit so I rephrased whole. anyways...
I remember the time I had a nokia S60 device and I was so happy with it. that was incredible. but having the same OS (almost the same let's say 90%) with today's technology is like having a dual core pc running windows 98. may be you could do anything with it but it is indeed inferior and outdated

nokias taken too many on the chin to risk going android along so they want the liability of sinking or dragging WP7 and mobile division of microsoft down with it... smart thinking but not a wise one in general... consumers don't care about companies holding each others hands.

if i was nokia my goal wouldnt be to beat another manuacturer, but to make a solid and consistent profit and future.

"for apple to succeed microsoft doesnt have to fail" - steve jobs

Ottos said,
Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop stated that “our first priority is beating Android.”

Only in your wet dreams.

He seemed awake when he said that so obviously that is not his priority only in his "wet dreams" Reading comprehension fail. He is not saying he is going to beat Android, he said that is the priority. There is a difference.

Why don't they make an Android phone as well instead of competing with it like HTC, now they're a company who know what they're doing. I'm honestly surprised its taken Nokia this long to change OS. I honestly hope they do well though, until I bought my HTC every phone I had was a NOkia

I think they made the wrong strategic choice by going exclusively WP7. All eggs in one basket (currently smallest as well) does not seem smart. Of course we don't know all the behind the scenes agreements they made, but for mainly a hardware company, which from this move Nokia inevitably becomes, I can not see this as a wise choice. I don't recall any recent Nokia phone that was pushing hardware specs above competition so they will have to put some real effort in here to make a difference.

HyBry said,
I think they made the wrong strategic choice by going exclusively WP7. All eggs in one basket (currently smallest as well) does not seem smart. Of course we don't know all the behind the scenes agreements they made, but for mainly a hardware company, which from this move Nokia inevitably becomes, I can not see this as a wise choice. I don't recall any recent Nokia phone that was pushing hardware specs above competition so they will have to put some real effort in here to make a difference.

"He went on to say that the company had no interest in being the only Windows Phone manufacturer despite some early rumours over the partnership." read the article

ILikeTobacco said,

"He went on to say that the company had no interest in being the only Windows Phone manufacturer despite some early rumours over the partnership." read the article

Maybe read my comment instead

Google doesn't have all of the best developers in the world. The ones that aren't working for MS or Nokia already are still looking for work and are just waiting to get off unemployment and be a part of the Next Big Thing(tm). There's really no limit to what broke, hungry developers can accomplish

danisflying527 said,
NOES
I seriously can't live without the customization capabilities of android
I don't WP7
Bleh
Is it wrong for me to not want this?

Absolutely not.

Whatever. MS is going to put limitations on Nokia and it still wont be as open as Android. And Android will still be able to do more. Have to wait and see I guess.

techbeck said,
Whatever. MS is going to put limitations on Nokia and it still wont be as open as Android. And Android will still be able to do more. Have to wait and see I guess.

That Android is open source means absolutely nothing since Google still charge OEMs for Google services.

day2die said,

That Android is open source means absolutely nothing since Google still charge OEMs for Google services.

Are you freaking serious dude ?

day2die said,

That Android is open source means absolutely nothing since Google still charge OEMs for Google services.

Not really. Google don't charge OEMs for anything. Google only charge them if they want to use the Android Market. And this is because Google does a quality check on the device to make sure that market apps are compatible with the device. If you don't want the Android market and you know how to make a device, there is nothing stopping you from making one and selling it with Android.

It's going to bomb.

Microsoft made the move to penetrate the market a bit further. They don't have Nokia's best interests in mind. Nokia *needs* a stable, reliable platform to be worthwhile, or else they're toast. But instead of adopting an already established OS--like Android--they put all their chips on one plate and gave them to Microsoft.

Microsoft's mobile department has been a steaming pile of failure for a long time, and this is an extremely risky move for Nokia because Windows devices are far too restrictive. If they would have adopted Android, they would have been another "me too" company, but they would have more freedom over the OS. Now, however, they're completely dependant on the platform's success, which does nothing for Nokia.

Unless Apple produces a cheap, mass-market iPhone, Android will stay neck-and-neck with Apple for a long time. Microsoft is going to need a miracle.

Educated Idiot said,
It's going to bomb.
Nokia *needs* a stable, reliable platform to be worthwhile, or else they're toast.

Totally agree. Nokia needs a stable and reliable platform like Windows Phone 7. If it adopt Android, Nokia toast.

Educated Idiot said,
It's going to bomb.

Microsoft made the move to penetrate the market a bit further. They don't have Nokia's best interests in mind. Nokia *needs* a stable, reliable platform to be worthwhile, or else they're toast. But instead of adopting an already established OS--like Android--they put all their chips on one plate and gave them to Microsoft.

Microsoft's mobile department has been a steaming pile of failure for a long time, and this is an extremely risky move for Nokia because Windows devices are far too restrictive. If they would have adopted Android, they would have been another "me too" company, but they would have more freedom over the OS. Now, however, they're completely dependant on the platform's success, which does nothing for Nokia.

Unless Apple produces a cheap, mass-market iPhone, Android will stay neck-and-neck with Apple for a long time. Microsoft is going to need a miracle.

Wow. All that effort you use for hating on Microsoft and Windows Phone you should just educate others of the benefits you see in using Android. People will be more inclined to take your opinion when you aren't sounding like an arrogant prick.

Educated Idiot said,

Microsoft's mobile department has been a steaming pile of failure for a long time, and this is an extremely risky move for Nokia because Windows devices are far too restrictive. If they would have adopted Android, they would have been another "me too" company, but they would have more freedom over the OS. Now, however, they're completely dependant on the platform's success, which does nothing for Nokia. Microsoft is going to need a miracle.

Nokia has full freedom over their OS right now, they don't need to go to Android for freedom. The whole point of this move is to avoid falling from world leader to a "me too" company.
What do you mean WP7 is established? It's out there and people have WP7 phones, and MS is going to keep putting them out. Developers are piling on apps. Or do you just think established means "currently most popular"? I'm not sure what it is MS needs a miracle to do.

wixostrix said,

Wow. All that effort you use for hating on Microsoft and Windows Phone you should just educate others of the benefits you see in using Android. People will be more inclined to take your opinion when you aren't sounding like an arrogant prick.


So anything or anyone that thinks differently than you and is classified as "Hating on them"
SO he can't have an opinion then is that right?
Get over it, ITS A BRAND

wixostrix said,

Wow. All that effort you use for hating on Microsoft and Windows Phone you should just educate others of the benefits you see in using Android. People will be more inclined to take your opinion when you aren't sounding like an arrogant prick.


Wow hit a nerve there, did he?

burnblue said,

Nokia has full freedom over their OS right now, they don't need to go to Android for freedom. The whole point of this move is to avoid falling from world leader to a "me too" company.
What do you mean WP7 is established? It's out there and people have WP7 phones, and MS is going to keep putting them out. Developers are piling on apps. Or do you just think established means "currently most popular"? I'm not sure what it is MS needs a miracle to do.


The exclusivity claim is total BS. Its not like Nokia are the only ones making WP7 phones.

Educated Idiot said,

Nokia *needs* a stable, reliable platform


What, you mean like Symbian?

Seems to me that what too many people want is form over functionality, a twee touch GUI and an app store.

Symbian is a decent OS, those who claim that it's short of apps aren't looking hard enough TBH.
It's only real failing is back to my first point, where users are more interested in things like pinch to zoom and a million useless apps than multi-tasking and cut and paste - which symbian had been capable of for ages before the like of Apple had to make a song and dance about adding to their device.

danisflying527 said,

So anything or anyone that thinks differently than you and is classified as "Hating on them"
SO he can't have an opinion then is that right?
Get over it, ITS A BRAND

No, my opinion are my opinions and no one elses and I never try to force mine on anyone elses. Anyway, rereading it my response was pretty harsh and I apologize for that. I see what he said wasn't as bad as it seemed to me yesterday.

danisflying527 said,

So anything or anyone that thinks differently than you and is classified as "Hating on them"
SO he can't have an opinion then is that right?
Get over it, ITS A BRAND

The ending on my replay was a little overboard I admit but my opinion is my opinion alone and I don't try to force mine on others. Also, I apologize for that because I read his post very differently yesterday than I did today. However, my point was I disagree with the way he presents his opinions and his claims that WP7 is comparably unstable and unreliable. It obviously doesn't have the marketshare yet, but it has yet to be proven unstable or unreliable. What it does have, which is what Nokia needs, is a solid user experience, large developer interest, and Microsoft's support. Microsoft's support comes in many ways including the consumer services they provide, added marketing, and protection when someone discovers the unauthorized use of their intelectual property or pattents. Google isn't going to help you when a technology in Andoird is proven to be unauthorized and you, the OEM, is getting sued.

I am just wondering what's taking so long for Microsoft to roll out the update.

RTM (build 7004) - September 16, 2010
"January update" (build 7389) - January 24, 2011

day2die said,
I am just wondering what's taking so long for Microsoft to roll out the update.

RTM (build 7004) - September 16, 2010
"January update" (build 7389) - January 24, 2011

Microsoft carrier partners have refused to ok it for release according to Paul T. It's very likely that the update will be rolled out in early March as Neowin reported

gawicks said,

Microsoft carrier partners have refused to ok it for release according to Paul T. It's very likely that the update will be rolled out in early March as Neowin reported


Typical MS, blaming their incompetence on the carriers.

This is good for Nokia and for WP7, got my HTC HD7 yesterday and boy I'm loving it, so smooth and fast!

Ely said,
This is good for Nokia and for WP7, got my HTC HD7 yesterday and boy I'm loving it, so smooth and fast!

i got mines yesterday too, love it! beats dragdroid anytime of day!

I suppose, Mr. Elop, that the fact that you own several million dollars worth of Microsoft shares had nothing to do with it?

Shiranui said,
I suppose, Mr. Elop, that the fact that you own several million dollars worth of Microsoft shares had nothing to do with it?

No it did not, Nokia the board made the decision.

yardman said,

No it did not, Nokia the board made the decision.

lol I know hey! Its not like he decided himself to be the CEO of the company.. He got handpicked by Nokia's Board

Shiranui said,
I suppose, Mr. Elop, that the fact that you own several million dollars worth of Microsoft shares had nothing to do with it?

Sounds like a good thing to me. Now he's got incentive to see that WP7/Nokia doesn't tank. He'll make or lose money on how well things go.

spenser.d said,

Sounds like a good thing to me. Now he's got incentive to see that WP7/Nokia doesn't tank. He'll make or lose money on how well things go.


Exactly. He's got double the incentive to see that this deal is a success.

spenser.d said,

Sounds like a good thing to me. Now he's got incentive to see that WP7/Nokia doesn't tank. He'll make or lose money on how well things go.


WP7 will have minimal effect on MS shares. Now, on the other hand, if he owns that many Nokia shares, then its a different story.

Shiranui said,
I suppose, Mr. Elop, that the fact that you own several million dollars worth of Microsoft shares had nothing to do with it?

From the Q&A session at this event

7:24PM Some dude in the audience just yelled, "are you a trojan horse?" "I'll take that question. The obvious answer is no. We made sure that the entire management team was involved in the process, and of course the board of directors of Nokia are the only ones that can make this significant of a decision about Nokia. They made that final decision on Thursday night."

7:23PM Now we've got a question about the Microsoft shares that Elop allegedly holds. "About me being the 7th largest shareholder in Microsoft: that is not true. That would be a substantial amount of money that I don't have... when I moved from Microsoft from Nokia, I was legally prohibited from selling my shares. As soon as that lifted, I began selling. But when our discussions began, I had to stop selling again -- the laws are very clear. As soon as the legal restrictions lift, of course I'll sell those shares. I have been given an equity position in Nokia" but that won't be disclosed until later in the year for some financial and legal reasons.

OceanMotion said,
We made sure that the entire management team was involved in the process, and of course the board of directors of Nokia are the only ones that can make this significant of a decision about Nokia.

Like Clinton, he did not have sexual intercourse with that woman.

spenser.d said,

Sounds like a good thing to me. Now he's got incentive to see that WP7/Nokia doesn't tank. He'll make or lose money on how well things go.

Exactly! A head at the top with something to lose. Seems to me like he and the rest of the board will do whatever it takes to make sure this deal works out. I like that in a company. I think they'll do pretty good.

Best decision they could have made, rather than just being another android clone. Android phones with dual cores still have lag, WP7 on a single core Snapdragon is "buttery smooth", as stated by numerous reviews. Pardon me if I dont want to spend my time downloading task managers and killing tasks but would rather just enjoy the smooth, responsive OS WP7 is. Cant wait for the first Nokia WP7 device!

efjay said,
Best decision they could have made, rather than just being another android clone. Android phones with dual cores still have lag, WP7 on a single core Snapdragon is "buttery smooth", as stated by numerous reviews. Pardon me if I dont want to spend my time downloading task managers and killing tasks but would rather just enjoy the smooth, responsive OS WP7 is. Cant wait for the first Nokia WP7 device!

efjay said,
Best decision they could have made, rather than just being another android clone. Android phones with dual cores still have lag, WP7 on a single core Snapdragon is "buttery smooth", as stated by numerous reviews. Pardon me if I dont want to spend my time downloading task managers and killing tasks but would rather just enjoy the smooth, responsive OS WP7 is. Cant wait for the first Nokia WP7 device!

+1
LG optimus 7 is awesome! now my gf wants a windows phone because of the pictures of the nokia pink one .. lol

efjay said,
Best decision they could have made, rather than just being another android clone. Android phones with dual cores still have lag, WP7 on a single core Snapdragon is "buttery smooth", as stated by numerous reviews. Pardon me if I dont want to spend my time downloading task managers and killing tasks but would rather just enjoy the smooth, responsive OS WP7 is. Cant wait for the first Nokia WP7 device!

You've used Android phones with dual cores have you? I was under the impression none have been released yet...

My HTC Desire on a 1GHz snapdragon is "buttery smooth" - so much so that I can underclock the processor to save battery life and still get adequate performance out of it.

And you should do a little research.. task managers on Android are useless because Android is so good at managing tasks itself.

efjay said,
Best decision they could have made, rather than just being another android clone. Android phones with dual cores still have lag, WP7 on a single core Snapdragon is "buttery smooth", as stated by numerous reviews. Pardon me if I dont want to spend my time downloading task managers and killing tasks but would rather just enjoy the smooth, responsive OS WP7 is. Cant wait for the first Nokia WP7 device!

Would you please let the "Android clone" argument die already? At least with Android, manufactures get to install their own skin and distinguish themselves. But all WP7 devices' UI looks exactly the same. Say WP7 really does take off (god forbid), what happens then? Samsung and HTC will have phones which look exactly like Nokia's. Will be interesting to see what you have to say about your clone argument then.

efjay said,
Best decision they could have made, rather than just being another android clone. Android phones with dual cores still have lag, WP7 on a single core Snapdragon is "buttery smooth", as stated by numerous reviews. Pardon me if I dont want to spend my time downloading task managers and killing tasks but would rather just enjoy the smooth, responsive OS WP7 is. Cant wait for the first Nokia WP7 device!


funny on my evo running cm7 i dont have to download task managers to kill task i just enjoy my phone would you care to try again ?

efjay said,
Best decision they could have made, rather than just being another android clone. Android phones with dual cores still have lag, WP7 on a single core Snapdragon is "buttery smooth", as stated by numerous reviews. Pardon me if I dont want to spend my time downloading task managers and killing tasks but would rather just enjoy the smooth, responsive OS WP7 is. Cant wait for the first Nokia WP7 device!

except that wp7 is a downgrade for symbian users and a MASSIVE DOWNGRADE at that ..

krustylicious said,

except that wp7 is a downgrade for symbian users and a MASSIVE DOWNGRADE at that ..

Yeah, GOOD ONE.

I had an N97, Symbian was dog awful, as was the phone. I switched and got a HTC Mozart, best move I ever made.

efjay said,
Best decision they could have made, rather than just being another android clone. Android phones with dual cores still have lag, WP7 on a single core Snapdragon is "buttery smooth", as stated by numerous reviews. Pardon me if I dont want to spend my time downloading task managers and killing tasks but would rather just enjoy the smooth, responsive OS WP7 is. Cant wait for the first Nokia WP7 device!

What exactly doesn't this decision make Nokia another WP7 clone ? Care to elaborate. Stop bashing Android if you want other to respect your devices. Funny because nobody has every said these guys are troll but when somebody starts attacking WP7, they are crying: "trolls, trolls".

Lachlan said,

+1
LG optimus 7 is awesome! now my gf wants a windows phone because of the pictures of the nokia pink one .. lol

Agree in pretty much everything!

(Spork) said,


funny on my evo running cm7 i dont have to download task managers to kill task i just enjoy my phone would you care to try again ?

It's good that you can forego downloading task managers, but you should consider downloading a writing handbook. Check out the sections on punctuation and capitalization.

XIII said,

What exactly doesn't this decision make Nokia another WP7 clone ? Care to elaborate. Stop bashing Android if you want other to respect your devices. Funny because nobody has every said these guys are troll but when somebody starts attacking WP7, they are crying: "trolls, trolls".

The small number of available hardware vendors/handsets available today.
Nokia are able to differentiate their brand amongst all Windows 7 phones. There are less than a dozen handsets out there, vs the 100s of Android based sets.

recursive said,

Would you please let the "Android clone" argument die already? At least with Android, manufactures get to install their own skin and distinguish themselves. But all WP7 devices' UI looks exactly the same. Say WP7 really does take off (god forbid), what happens then? Samsung and HTC will have phones which look exactly like Nokia's. Will be interesting to see what you have to say about your clone argument then.

What exactly is Android? There are hundreds of different versions and billions of different looks that everyone has, I can't tell what is what. I hated every device I've played with. I seriously don't know what the real Android is supposed to be and that's what's confusing everyone else too that's afraid of tech but wants a phone that gives them features. At least with iOS and WP7, people know what they're getting.

Skwerl said,

It's good that you can forego downloading task managers, but you should consider downloading a writing handbook. Check out the sections on punctuation and capitalization.

oH DiD iMeSs uP SuMfiN

dotf said,

The small number of available hardware vendors/handsets available today.
Nokia are able to differentiate their brand amongst all Windows 7 phones. There are less than a dozen handsets out there, vs the 100s of Android based sets.


Right, and once more WP7 handsets are released, Nokia will be another "WP7" clone. Care to try again ? At least for Android, there is fragmentation issue but since OEM are allowed to customize their handsets. Your "clone" argument quite amused me. WP7 on the other hand looks exactly the same from devices to devices. The hardware looks the same, the buttons are the same. On a first glance, can't even tell who manufacture the devices. They are simply too identical. Can't believe so many people drinking the MS Koolaid and get so drunk that they can't even snap themselves out of it.

Turion said,

Exactly, over reaching. Setup for failure...how can it be explained better?

Obviously its enough concern that all the droid fanboys have to come here and diss 'em

blahism said,

Obviously its enough concern that all the droid fanboys have to come here and diss 'em

Didn't we hear that about iOS and Android before? Of course we're gonna hear it about WP7 and this deal with Nokia. Now put one of those new Quad-core Snapdragon "AP8064" processors in there and we're happy lol

recursive said,

Actually its just their new CEO.

yes and he won't last long at this rate. There was no reason to drop symbian at this point in time ..

RealFduch said,

Is it any more crazy that 5000 people working on the "Symbian User Experience" (only "experience", not kernel)?
http://www.mobile-review.com/a...05/14945-nokrdbreakdown.jpg

That would be crazy and suck if all those people working on the user experience and kernal lost their jobs. It would save the company a lot of money though. That's 6200 people out of work. I'm sure some will move on to MeeGo and other division so it won't be so bad but a lot will be out of work most likely.

krustylicious said,

yes and he won't last long at this rate. There was no reason to drop symbian at this point in time ..


and why is that? they should have abandoned symbian long ago...

dogmai79 said,

That would be crazy and suck if all those people working on the user experience and kernal lost their jobs. It would save the company a lot of money though. That's 6200 people out of work. I'm sure some will move on to MeeGo and other division so it won't be so bad but a lot will be out of work most likely.


You didn't get my point. What were those 5000 people doing all this time? I bet that much less people worked on the user experience of Windows 7. And what they did improve in symbian user experience?

Jebadiah said,
Wow! That forecast suggests exactly what I suggest here: http://www.neowin.net/news/nok...avor-of-wp7#comment-1321271

That's exactly what I was thinking about the ability for them to be able to edit the OS. They'll be able to break it down and remove all the non-essential ingredients and run a smaller version that can create an affordable version of the phones. I can see us next year having mini iOS, Android and WP7 based devices. I like the idea of something like a 3" edge to edge screen. Even with WP7's requirement to have the 3 buttons, you can make them less than half an inch high off the bottom.

Lachlan said,

If all their phones right now running symbian had wp7 they would be around 42% of the Market share while Android would be 23%...
http://wmpoweruser.com/google-...y-nokia-did-not-go-android/

That's quite simplistic, users just don't follow a brand blindly (even Nokia), especially in this market. Whoever made this "analysis" was way out of their depth or didn't mean it to be serious.

Was the "lol gl" at the origin of those comments btw? That's quite a free interpretation ;-)