* Posts by Funky Chicken

3 posts • joined 4 Feb 2010

Microsoft inks Nokia deal with phones set to fly in 2012

Funky Chicken

Perhaps Nokia is being smarter than anyone's giving them credit for.

Since:

1) They're getting a large wedge of cash from MS, which will presumably pay for the development of the more advanced hardware that WP7 needs.

2) They pay a per handset license for WP7, not a huge up front development cost. If the market is lukewarm to them, or MS don't improve the OS enough, they don't lose much.

3) They've promised "disruptive technologies" (which everyone seems to have forgotten). Suppose that's Qt on Android and iOS, in addition to present and forthcoming Symbian/MeeGo units? That would change the whole game. It would also explain why they've divested only the commercial/licensing arm of Qt, while retaining its ownership, developers and roadmap, and are continuing to develop it for Symbian, while also revamping its UI (its only actual weakness).

It could well be that the whole MS "desperate gamble" is actually a win-win. If the W7 handsets sell, they win. If they don't, they have a competitive Symbian (hell, do some Apple marketing and call it "CuteOS" - all that matters is that it runs Qt under and atop a sexy UI) with an industry-wide programming API that they own, competitive hardware that MS effectively paid them to develop, and legendary Nokia build quality.

If such a thing pans out, Nokia could end up doing to MS, in the mobile space, what everyone thinks MS is planning to do to Nokia.

I'd quite like to see that.

Intel boss searches planet for post-Nokia MeeGo spouse

Funky Chicken

Genius

So Nokia's agreement with Microsoft allows them to do their own "sexy" WinPho UI, in order to differentiate themselves.

It's great that they finally see how important that is, as Apple and Google did 3 years ago.

What's puzzling, though, is why they'd choose to do that for a functionally limited minority OS, that's 3 years behind the competition, that they currently have no experience with or hardware for (unlike numerous competitors), that requires best of breed (and costly) hardware which goes against their longstanding culture of using a lean, super-efficient OS on cheaper/slower hardware, that they don't own or control, that isn't unique to them, and that completely alienates their existing, market dominating, user base.

And, while doing so, throwing away years of work and millions of dollars in the form of the nearly finished Qt on Symbian (phone software and dev tools) that has none of those disadvantages, and everything they need to get their sexy UI out there, on differentiated products that cost less for more, ASAP.

It's throwing the 8.5 months pregnant mother out with the bathwater - truly baffling.

Elop seems to think he's taking drastic action to do things differently from how Nokia's done them before (eg. open sourcing Symbian at snails pace while freezing functionality), thereby regaining what it's been losing. But he isn't, he's making exactly the same mistake all over again - taking the longest, most expensive and most risk strewn way about getting what everyone can see they need NOW.

Intel mobile graphics in 3x boost

Funky Chicken

Argggg!!

When will these people realise that desktop/home server CPU users want these features too??

In 2000 I was banging my head figuring out how to put a mobile CPU into a desktop. I didn't think that, a decade later, I'd still be doing it.

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