Normally we don’t care much for analyst talk, but in the case of Adnaan Ahmad’s disparaging open letter to Nokia it’s worth taking a look – if only for the advice he dishes out about adopting Windows Phone 7.
The Berenberg Bank analyst Adnaan Ahmad recommends Nokia should strike up an exclusive deal with Microsoft, where they would:
get access to their Windows Phone 7 (WP7) intellectual property scot-free and access to the US market where [their]share has dived to the low single-digit level, and in so doing cut [their]bloated handset business R&D budget by at least 30 per cent.
Just as importantly, he suggests to Nokia that they should:
get rid of [their]own proprietary high-end solution (MEEGO) – it’s the biggest joke in the tech industry right now and will put [them]even further behind Apple and Google.
This is all before Nokia’s even announced a device running MeeGo, their new platform that’s the result of a partnership with Intel. It’s expected Nokia’s going to be announcing something in the next few weeks – maybe a tablet, but most definitely a phone.
You have to admit that a Nokia phone running WP7 certainly makes sense. Nokia’s new CEO Stephen Elop was hired fresh out of Microsoft, so the relationship is certainly there. Nokia’s been quite open in the past about adopting other companies OSes though, with outspoken Executive Vice President Anssi Vanjoki describing companies who jump in bed with Android being like Finnish boys who “pee in their pants” for warmth in the winter months. Short-term relief, in other words.
With Vanjoki having already resigned (due for departure around March, we figure), will Elop take notice of Ahmad’s advice? I think it’s a little harsh to tell Nokia to ditch MeeGo when all we’ve seen is demos of the platform (and videos of other phones running it, too), but we can’t argue against the suggestion Nokia should look at other platforms as well. [All Things D]