That's not true and economically Nokia has always had way more space to move, still has. Granted it's also much larger company as far as their 98 000 workers go and owning 9 factories around the globe, plus NSN, so the imminent drop is also more severe. Especially as they used to be much bigger.
Originally Posted by xratola
The key here is Qt. it is the mid layer and serves as the tools for building software and IU. Qt mobile is Nokia's doing and it is used on BB10, why the UI elements and feel is so similar.
MeeGo=harmattan (aka Maemo 6)
Nokia bought the Qt developer, Trolltech back in 2008, but it sold rights for commercial licensing and it's Qt workforce around the globe to Finnish Digia year ago as it moved to Windows Phone.
The Qt components Nokia developed itself are open, it just made very customized version of them on Harmattan (N9 and N950). Plus of course their own set of apps or specific UI patents are not free game, the tools it developed with big money are open. After all for Nokia it was advantage to get other manufacturers to use Qt that it pretty much controlled. Similar thinking with Symbian back in 2001-2008 and Samsung, SE and others using Symbian with Nokia owning 49% of it and later on all the whole thing.
Harmattan is still described as future distribution on Nokia's reports. Naturally at this moment they can't spare time all around like they could back in the day and the Qt development isn't in their hands anymore.
Originally Posted by poken1151
Harmattan code is still being developed right under Nokia's eyes next to their HQ in Espoo, Finland by Jolla that is set to release their device next week. Jolla itself includes much of the Nokia Harmattan workforce (not Qt that was much larger global team). Jolla as a company was a result of Nokia's Gate projects that helped people who were kicked out to start new company by money and by licensing patents for free to these companies.
If Nokia gets up from this mess, I could see Jolla melting back to Nokia someday.