Imagining the six-month internal Nokia/Microsoft review of the Nokia X brings to mind the conversation at CIA Langley headquarters between CIA bureaucrat Chubb and his aid Palmer from the last scene of Burn after Reading.
CHUBB: What did we learn, Palmer?
PALMER: I don't know, sir.
CHUBB: I don't [explicative deleted] know either. I guess we learned not to do it again.
An Android Nokia smartphone has attracted a lot of attention lately, projecting an image of a few renegade Finns standing up against the Microsoft empire. Nokia’s culture is too consensus-driven and conservative to protest. It is, however, a test of Microsoft's mobile ecosystem, independent of Windows Phone.
To catch up, Microsoft could invest in an Android fork that would impress consumers with responsive on-device performance, integration with Microsoft’s mobile ecosystem, and compatibility with the more than 1 million apps available through the Google Play and other app stores.
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