Phones Microsoft is getting owned by Nokia

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by cuzo, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. cuzo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2012
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I wouldn't say they're getting owned by Nokia but I agree. Nokia came out with some wonderfully designed phones, only be hamstrung by the OS and also the volume of apps available.
  3. Oohara macrumors 68020


    Jun 28, 2012
    Well if the 1020 would have been an Android device, I would have been pretty damned tempted.
  4. Shuri macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2011
    I don't really like the Nokia designs. I guess it's the rectangle look, that also bothers me when I see it on Sony, but that's just my opinion. (Maybe I'm just too much into apple and their rounded corners :D )

    I think it's a good idea to stick with Windows, not making the lumia yet another android phone.

    The problem is, that Nokia Phones are just not cool, being seen as not state of the art any more, even if it's not true.. It's a marketing thing, not really a development one. As hard as it might look to return to the phone market, it is the easiest one to step into, as there is no other type of device being bought more frequent.
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    OP have you used WP8? And do we still say owned?
    MS has their OS on the Luminas and depending upon contracts and all that, I wonder if they're stuck with MS. It seems they could move the Lumina over to the Android platform and give people the best of both worlds. That Lumina is the only phone (prior to the HTC One) that really tempted me. If it were on Android, I think I would have already switched.
  6. kenypowa macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2008
    Man, if Nokia 1020 is the next Nexus phone, it would be so awesome.
  7. b166er macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    I love the 920 but there were a few apps I need for school and work that weren't available on WP8 and there are no real signs that they will be. I used the 920 for a few months and aside from app selection and a few little things I really loved the phone.

    If Nokia starts making Android phones it's a no brainer for me. They have always been my favorite phone manufacturer when it comes to hardware.
  8. Sensamic macrumors 68030

    Mar 26, 2010
    Thanks for giving me another reason not to buy a Windows Phone. I don't follow their news but didn't know there were so few updates.
  9. 0dev macrumors 68040


    Dec 22, 2009
    It's a shame Microsoft is being so lazy maintaining their own OS. Same old Microsoft I guess, develop something then half-ass it. At least they used to wait until they actually had a decent marketshare before they got to that stage :rolleyes:
  10. b166er macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    MS should be doing everything they can to entice developers to embrace WP8. That's what will help the platform be all it can be. It requires little input from MS, expands the appeal of the OS, and makes MS more money in the long run.

    It's a great OS in many ways, with a few tweaks and a better app store it would be fantastic. I don't get anything about the way MS has played this one.
  11. scott craft macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2011
    Slow updates is a the main reason I'm fixing to get a note 2 or an S4 to replace the 8X to dropped last week. I'm ok with the app selection since the platform is so small, but I am very frustrated with the rate at which new features are being added.
  12. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    Microsoft is well on their way to getting owned by the very industry they helped to create. Sad, really, to see how the once-mighty has fallen.
  13. Liquorpuki, Jul 30, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2013

    Liquorpuki macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    City of Angels
    They've been paying devs to stick official apps on WP for awhile - anywhere from 60K to 600K. Apps like Yelp and Foursquare were ported to WP8 because they were subsidized. MS also develops a lot of the major placeholder apps in-house - FB, GroupMe, YouTube, etc.

    But yeah the platform still has growing pains

    They got owned a long time ago when their marketshare evaporated. They've been in recovery mode the last few years. US share is stagnant but they're rising in Europe.

    Anyway, Nokia is in a good position regardless. With WP8, they monopolize the platform, and it's slowly growing and should eventually help reverse their operating loss. If they were on Android, they would basically be in the same spot HTC is, getting Samsung's leftovers
  14. Shockwave78 macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2010
    I am going to sell my iPhone 5 64gb and get a lumina 1020 full price and switch to AT&T(so I don't have to use the subsidy in, will wait for iPhone 5s) so the lumina will be free pretty much. is office on the thing? From the little I saw of it it looks great. I a everything big and easy to read? The store demos I have looked a that've office disable for real world use
  15. b166er macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    I don't think what little MS has done with the apps is worth defending. Yes they did create their own facebook app, and it sucks worse than the iOS app ever did. Their YouTube app isn't great, and there are third party apps that work surprisingly well. MS's own Skype app is less than adequate and they own that whole deal now. Given, the way they implement skype being signed in all the time is impressive, but the interface for the app is still crap.

    In order for WP8 to grow, it needs Google's support. And I don't see that happening.
  16. ChrisTX macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2009
    I probably would have pulled the trigger honestly. :cool:
  17. Vetvito macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2012
  18. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    Or they could just accept the fact that there are already 2 very viable platforms on the market and just stop reinventing the wheel and develop for either or both of them.
  19. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    Maybe MSFT should actually try and make their software more feature rich and enticing to consumers and developers.

    Windows Phone looks great and runs wonderfully but they are seriously gimping the software with a lack of features and killer apps.

    Also MSFT is the largest software company in the world. They should act like it and actually make some damn software for Windows Phone.

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