Sorry, but no...
Posted Apr 2, 2011 13:15 UTC (Sat) by khim
In reply to: Sorry, but no...
Parent article: How Amazon could loosen Google's iron grip on Android (ars technica)
There is no need why anyone would want to use Nokia on Windows 7 when there are Android and iPhone serving different user bases.
Time will tell. I, too, think Nokia did wrong choice, but I'm not so sure noone will want Windows Phone 7. Previous incarnations of Windows Phone were pretty popular. Not as popular as iPhone or Android, but pretty popular nonetheless.
I have seen plenty of non-geeky people who wanted to change/mod their phones to help them better, look at Cyanogen Mod for instance - it is not just geeks who are using it.
Sure! But the problem here is: only geeks buy things with explicit goal of changing/modding them. When Joe Average buys phone (or any other gadget, really) the "freedom to tinker" is very far on the list of things he looks for. It's when s/he already owns the phone s/he finds out it's locked and can not be fixed. If there are many similar models then may be s/he'll choose the more open one, but if you can buy locked system on each street corner and unlockable one only in a few select shops... it's not even a contest.
When new phone models come out every few months you just don't have any hope of keeping your "community-driven" project relevant: when all new models are not supported and you must buy things which are almost obolescent or even "sold out" (means you can only buy them used)... who will do that except geeks?
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