At the point Elop came aboard, Nokia could have chosen to ship more Meego phones, and coalesce all of their teams around it. Given how the N9 came out (both in time and commercially) I think that it was the safe choice. I don't see why coalescing the company around Meego (an in-house development) should be harder than going with a completely foreign platform. But even building Android drivers for the N9 and shipping a line based on it, I don't either see why they could not have made it in a reasonable time frame.
Both choices seem more rational than committing seppuku with a loser platform (except perhaps if you are a former Microsoft executive and/or a submarine envoy). Throwing out all the in-house expertise built over the years, when you are the market leader in a category is somehow rational? Perhaps you have some knowledge you want to share that says otherwise.
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