If the rumors about Microsoft bringing Android to its mobile phones are true, the company can expect a sharply divided developer community.
It's the kind of strategy that might catch iOS and Android developers off guard: a mobile OS platform provider going out of its way to make it easier to publish on its app store.
Nokia's overall handset business reported a drop in sales for the fourth quarter and the company posted weaker smartphones sales in the period than it did in the third quarter, a troubling sign since the holiday season is typically the strongest for smartphone makers. The earnings, which likely will be the last in which Nokia reports handset sales, come just as Microsoft is finalizing a $7.4 billion deal to take over Nokia's devices business and underscore the challenges Microsoft will face as a hardware maker.
What Nokia did to Symbian and Meego app developers this month was the online equivalent to breaking up with someone via a Post-It note. In fact, the closure of the Nokia Store for Symbian on Jan. 2 was accompanied by a Tw eet that would have comfortably fit on a small piece of paper: "That was it; we are officially closed. Thank you all for the past years!" For developers who remained loyal to Symbian, Meego and its long-established community of users, however, it would be hard to see the abrupt shutdown of the app store as a thank-you.
Microsoft envisions a future where it offers fewer versions of its Windows operating system, according to a senior company executive.
Apps for Instagram and Vine are now available on Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, giving the OS a needed boost in the app market. The apps, especially Instagram, have been missing from Windows Phone and long coveted by Microsoft.
Nokia shareholders approved the $7.35 billion sale of the company's devices and services unit to partner Microsoft, according to multiple reports.
Developers compare platforms all the time, but France-based Pfeiffer Consulting recently decided to offer a benchmark-style evaluation of the five major mobile OSes to see how well iOS 7 ranked in terms of mobile user experience.
Microsoft knows it needs to do more to make potential Windows Phone developers happy, and last week the company took two big steps in that direction.
Nokia sold at least 8 million Lumia Windows Phone smartphones in the third quarter, up from 7.4 million in the second quarter and far more than the 2.9 million it sold in the year-ago period, according to a Wall Street Journal report.