Nokia is in a very tough spot with respect to the U.S. smartphone market. If they go with either Android or Windows Phone, they are late to the party and another me-too. But if they stick with MeeGo, then where is the App Store and can they convince apps developers to support MeeGo?
At the risk of oversimplifying, to the consumer who is considering a smartphone purchase, it's all about the apps. iOS leads the pack, Android is becoming a strong competitor, and there is nobody in 3rd place.
I agree with the comments that Symbian is pefect for "my phone is a phone" handsets, which is Nokia's bread & butter. Forget about Symbian for smartphones.
Nokia should aggressively develop their own OS instead of supporting Android or windows. Nokia can make big money in the services which will be the future of smart phones. They should get fast and develop OS and competetive applications like what is available for Android and iOS.
Lets see where Nokia failed and the reason behind it first problem is there HW was not upto what comptetiors are having in terms of 2 things CPU performace and RAM which limits graphics use and that was the main issue with Nokia not able to make changes with there Symbian3 or say not able to bring Symbian4 by end of 2010. This is going to get solved by Mid 2011 with Symbian phone on Stn8500 and will be competative with any mod range phone.
For Highend they partner with Intel for MeeGo which very good idea only as bay can not be born in 5 months and if they will they will die so coming out new OS takes time and it has cost Nokia huge money and reputation but if they are able to stick with MeeGo and can come with highest end HW spec and great differentating UI they will be back and i hope they will be back in 2Quarters.
You need something different then Android else we all will get boared like what we are exp with Windows and rejecting that OS because of it's name.
Nokia joining the Android camp is like signing its own death sentence. The fundamental business model for Google/Android is to make money through services that is offered on Android, which for the most part goes to Google. And Google will do everything to commoditise the HW so that they can increase the reach of Android(Recently they even worked with Huawei to bring a 150$ smartphone,"IDEOS",to developing markets). So if Nokia signs up for Android now, they will be reduced to nothing but a commodity HW manufacturer in future and will have to compete with Huawei/ZTE/Meizu and other umpteen chinese handphone manufactures for market share and margins. Ofcourse there are short term gains like getting market share in the US.
The idea of gaining competitive advantage using proprietary UI overlay which is adopted by other Android phone makers like HTC/Moto/Samsung/LG is fundamentally flawed and is not sustainable in longterm as Google will improve the UI to not fragment the platform and customers wont be having much perceivable difference. So in future these companies will also see their margins erode drastically.
My suggestion to Nokia is to develop Meego to a fully functional OS ASAP and put it on all the low end devices that NOKIA sell in developing markets ASAP to gain market share/attract developers and dump Symbian.
Nokia should move toward Android. As an open system Android is the wave of the future. An open system reduces the cost for all the manufacturers and allows them to focus more on hardware or applications, while simultaneously ensuring they are compatible with customers favorite applications.