^ Yep I have looked through that memo as I am well active on twitter. I didn't deny that. But I deny the facts around. And I don't accept the capability of Elop being a CEO (no comment on that)
Saying "the facts and figures around" for a long time in last year, I exactly meant the market shares of Symbian, Android, and iPhone. If you read the recent report by Gartners, you will find that was pretty much same to the time when other manufacturers left Symbian and adopted Android.
I don't know why people made this fact a base to say that a Symbian is diving down. Come'on; it's simple that most of the mobile phone users (around the world) would want to live with the brand, they hardly know about the platforms and operating systems. How much do you think the users (like we) are, of course a few if compare to the layman users. They would probably not leave the brand and will not switch to another. That makes it even simpler that Symbian didn't lose the grip. It's the manufacturers who took their customers with them which automatically shifted their user base to Android. That's what made the Android(with a lot of manufacturers) almost nearer to Symbian(with only Nokia). And of course the news like about share loss of Symbian and blah blah blah were well formed to destroy Nokia's share. People do get influenced by these words of news.
Reading and evaluating facts are much different in nature.
Android, no doubt, is a great platform comparing to all but that doesn't make Symbian lesser (to me atleast).
And about iPhone, well I never compared iPhone to any other platform. It's just one man show. Believe me if there was nothing in iPhone, even then Apple would have the same user base for it. Remember the iPhone 1st generation which even didn't have MMS support? Even then it was the best seller ever in America by Apple and people were satisfied with it. errrrr! how could they. Only a few techies bashed about that.
I'll again put my point of view for this whole situation that it's not the war of devices. It's only to gain American market from where the Americans just kicked Nokia off and preferred to favor their own manufacturers. And I am afraid Nokia will still have a hard time to get into there even if Nokia had planned to adopt Android.
It was all clear in the memo as well as Elop mentioned a lot of times in today's press conference. He just was willing to get into the Great United States...
I am just concerned with my attitude. This is all what I believe and I am just a user and will buy what I feel comfortable. For me it's not a good shift. It's also simple to tell that why Nokia might dive even more with this strategy because if I want a Windows Phone, I'll have a lot of options to choose from and not only Nokia. e.g HTC was with Windows Mobile for a long time and now with Windows Phone as well. They have a better experience with Windows Phones.
Any ways.. what I can say.