The Nokia Windows Phone agreement signed
While scarce on juicy details, the agreement covers four major areas:
1. "A combination of complementary assets, which make the partnership truly unique, including:
- Nokia to deliver mapping, navigation, and certain location-based services to the Windows Phone ecosystem. Nokia will build innovation on top of the Windows Phone platform in areas such as imaging, while contributing expertise on hardware design and language support, and helping to drive the development of the Windows Phone platform. Microsoft will provide Bing search services across the Nokia device portfolio as well as contributing strength in productivity, advertising, gaming, social media and a variety of other services. The combination of navigation with advertising and search will enable better monetization of Nokia's navigation assets and completely new forms of advertising revenue.
- Joint developer outreach and application sourcing, to support the creation of new local and global applications, including making Windows Phone developer registration free for all Nokia developers.
- Opening a new Nokia-branded global application store that leverages the Windows Marketplace
infrastructure. Developers will be able to publish and distribute applications through a single developer portal to hundreds of millions of consumers that use Windows Phone, Symbian and Series 40 devices.
- Contribution of Nokia's expertise in operator billing to ensure participants in the Windows Phone ecosystem can take advantage of Nokia's billing agreements with 112 operators in 36 markets.
2. Microsoft will receive a running royalty from Nokia for the Windows Phone platform, starting when the first Nokia products incorporating Windows Phone ship. The royalty payments are competitive and reflect the large volumes that Nokia expects to ship, as well as a variety of other considerations related to engineering work to which both companies are committed. Microsoft delivering the Windows Phone platform to Nokia will enable Nokia to significantly reduce operating expenses.
3. In recognition of the unique nature of Nokia's agreement with Microsoft and the contributions that Nokia is providing, Nokia will receive payments measured in the billions of dollars.
4. An agreement that recognizes the value of intellectual property and puts in place mechanisms for exchanging rights to intellectual property. Nokia will receive substantial payments under the agreement. “
Both CEOs call the agreement "win-win", although it looks more like a win for Microsoft to us, but if the partnership is very successful, Nokia's Stephen Elop stands to gain up to $20 million, so that's a nice little incentive to look forward to, while beta-testing Nokia Windows Phones at sporting events.
1. Blackspecial (unregistered) posted on 21 Apr 2011, 08:51 1 1
About time somebody stepped up the game. Im tired of android. Apps are not everything. I need a grown man phone besides the iphone. Just please make sure it is 4G! Thats the only problem I see that I am having with windows phones.
3. 7thspaceman posted on 21 Apr 2011, 14:24 0 0
Alright enough with the deals already Microsoft put out that Mango update and Nokia have some phones up for sales by November 1 2011 and make it a good one so I can buy one. People want to see some action not talk. Nokia, you make good hardware and
Microsoft you make good software we consumers know you both have the potential to make great smart phones so get it on guys or Android and Apple will blow you out of the
water. advertise the hell of your products too so people know they exist
7. box (unregistered) posted on 22 Apr 2011, 11:21 0 0
Actually the "Mango" update isn't for some time yet; they recently pushed out the "NoDo" update to most of the WP7 phones.
4. InspectorGadget80 posted on 21 Apr 2011, 15:52 1 1
TIME FOR NOKIA TO GO BANKRUPT. They choose WINDOWS INSTEAD OF ANDROID.
5. derp (unregistered) posted on 21 Apr 2011, 17:00 0 0
You already have Motorola, Samsung, Htc, and LG pumping out Android flavored fecal matter. At least Nokia is giving something else a try.
8. TreyTreyTaylor posted on 22 Apr 2011, 13:22 0 1
Are you serious. Your refering to android as poop. Lets watch Nokia slowly sink into the grave they dug for themselves. Andy Rubin went out of his way to be a part of your company and you spit in his face like that. Don't worry he'll be there at the funeral.
9. KnowItAll (unregistered) posted on 22 Apr 2011, 14:35 0 0
Andy Rubin don't care any more for Nokia than Microsoft does, there's no emotional or personal feelings in this game, it's all about the dollars. You think Andy Rubin is Google personified? Cheeses, wake up already :-)
Actually, Microsoft probably care More about Nokia than Google ever would since Microsoft needed Nokia more than Google needed them to choose Android. In fact, Microsoft also probably needed Nokia way more than how much Android NOT wanted Nokia to fall into the hands of their [Google's] no 1 competitor.
And you must be Really stupid to think that Windows Phone won't be one of the top 3 mobile OS'es in the following years. My guess is that you know very little about how business work, what Windows Phone is about, and that you also don't seem to have the slightest knowledge about how extremely large patent portfolios in hardware and software Microsoft and Nokia got combined. Just the fact that Nokia got the BIGGEST Intellectual Property portfolio - in the whole world - in wireless technology just says it all. And don't even get me started on the potential customer base of the Windows product(s) that will take advantage of the shared ecosystems between phone, desktop and tablet.
You love Android and that's OK, but your ignorant love and passionate hate is really making you blind for what is inevitably coming. Microsoft is coming for you, boy. Better pucker up :-)
10. jbash posted on 22 Apr 2011, 15:40 0 0
loved the final paragraph
6. nghtwng68 posted on 22 Apr 2011, 10:53 0 0
Being a long time Nokia phone user I wish nothing but success to Nokia/Microsoft merger. A hardware king and a software giant spells nothing but success.
For Nokia and how much backlash or no credit at all from the media in the states they get, I see them making a huge stamp in the mobile phone market. Nokia has always had front facing cameras, Carl Zeiss optics are top notch especially when you add a Xenon flash to the mix. So good luck to Nokia, I know you will take WP7 and yourself to the next level.