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Another end of the line for MixRadio

Part of me thinks that a service that has died so any times just to be brought back to life again can never be considered ‘dead-dead’, but the announcement today that MixRadio is be closed feels much more terminal. Picked up by LINE from Microsoft (who picked it up from the Nokia Lumia team, who picked it up from the Nokia Music project, who picked it up from Ovi Music, who picked it up from the Nokia 5310, who picked it up from a Series 40 test app…), MixRadio is a personalised radio station that worked… offline listening, artist seeding,

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Another commentator notes the ‘Normandy’ name and the hidden message to Microsoft from Nokia

Charles Arthur at The Guardian pitches an interesting idea to Microsoft’s new CEO. Drop Windows Phone and fork Android. Windows Phone was a wonderful project, but it was too late; the benefits of integration across handset, tablet and desktop simply haven’t appeared. The vast majority of people who use a desktop PC don’t use a Windows smartphone, and there’s no chance of that changing any time soon – or ever, actually. AOSP offers Microsoft the chance to remake its mobile strategy so that it exploits all the strengths of its most bitter rival – it’s free, widely available – and

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Would you prefer the Nokia 2014 or BlackBerry 2014 solution

Following on from Reuters report that BlackBerry’s potential buyers would prefer an asset stripping exercise to turn a profit while shutting down BlackBerry, I wonder if the fate of Nokia is preferable to BlackBerry. Yes, Nokia will be out of the phone making business (contractually until at least 2016), but it still has a viable business plan, with income generating divisions, and the opportunity to reinvent itself and provide ongoing shareholder value. Faced with tough choices, the romantic in me prefers the solution the Nokia board has found.

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Let’s dream about a Nokia/Jolla collaboration in 2016

I’ve done some speculation over on Forbes: It’s a long road for Jolla, but if they can make a success of their first handset during the first half of 2014, and work on a second handset for late 2015, then the boutique smartphone manufacturer will become a very attractive property either for an IPO or a buy-out by a larger company who wants to get into the smartphone game. Or a company that wants to return to the smartphone game. At this point this is nothing more than speculation, but it’s speculation that many people are quietly making. Nokia’s Board

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“Two mobile companies, both alike in dignity, In fair Redmond and Espoo, where we lay our podcast”

[audio:http://feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/108699020-rafeblandford-aawp-insight-74-microsoft-and.mp3] The AAWP podcast spent all of yesterday’s show talking over the Microsoft/Nokia deal in some detail, with Rafe lending a lot of detail, numbers, and insight, while I focussed on the conspiracy theories, mad plans, and a bit of Shakespeare.

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