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Arne Hess

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In the recent weeks and months, we heard many rumors that Nokia worked on an Android-based smartphone which was code-named "Normandy" and after sources said that this project was nixed after Microsoft announced the take-over of Nokia, The Wall Street Journal said yesterday that the Nokia Asha X, as it is called now, will be definitely unveiled during this month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This rose some concerns if it makes sense for both - Microsoft and Nokia - and I say yes, it makes a lot of sense. If you see the operating system less emotional, it's just a vehicle. In the early smartphone days, Windows Mobile was a vehicle for Microsoft to sell its business proposition to corporate users. And today, the mobile OS is a vehicle to sell apps, and even more important, services to consumers and prosumers.

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The first good and by now best analysis of the situation. You hit the nail and there's nothing to add. A must read. Thanks Arne, more of this. I miss your analysis and comments.


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Thanks for the kind words, appreciated!


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It makes sense to me too. I do think there is a challenge in explaining this to analysts and particularly the media who don't seem to be able to be entirely level headed about it. Everyone just sees Android and goes nuts. An interesting mental exercise is the imagine what the reaction would be if Android was replaced with another OS (i.e. Nokia upgrading Series 40). Of course it does raise interesting questions, but I agree absolutely the value is now in the service layer, the rest is almost a given / price of entry.

The advantage to me is partly about apps (dalvik compatibility), but also the ability to work on the back of existing hardware integration works (drivers and cheap silicon). I think the latter may actually be more important that the former.

There is an interesting discussion to be had around why Windows Phone can't go so cheap... then again you could talk about the quality of a lot of low cost Android stuff versus a potential Asha on ASOP and what makes the most sense from a consumer view point (and that consumer view point is nothing like most of the people writing about this topic).


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