want the real explanation?
why, the go-getter fuckfaces were ru(i)nning the (smartphone) devices platform only the featurephone wing was left with real engineers trying to come up with real solutions(consequently it was/is the wing doing real grunt selling).
the devices(or whatever they want to call themselves this year) wing who did the higher end stuff concentrated always on two things: the next model and infighting about who gets to choose the contracts for it(which is what provided exits for execs, basically turning into a game of phb's raiding the company and not doing what was in the companys best interests).
so there were some people there who weren't stupid still, so they ran(perhaps are still, who knows) a r&d program to get to the market which is going to define who _owns_ the smartphone market for 20 years: sub 100 dollar androids.
600$+ priced phones are not for the long game, because they seriously would need to come up with hologram displays or something to keep them different enough from the sub 100 dollar phones - and even if they do the masses of the world are going to buy the sub 100 dollar phones. because if you're making 600 bucks a month that's what you are going to do.
it's the x86 of the 2016-2030 and many players are going to be churning a lot of phones for that market and whoever has the strongest position and best brand recognition in that market is going to make an absolute killing in sales, like nokia has done in featurephones between 2000 and 2013, so if they had not concentrated on the wrong things, like betting the fucking company on getting one fucking hit model on at&t, nokia would have been in excellent position to own that market, they still pretty much own the sub 100$ brand name phone business even if company helm has been trying to trash it every way they can.
android would have been the perfect choice as platform, in the sense that it would have been the least fail - but the devices section had been ran by failtrain ever since series60 3rd edition, unfortunately - that's when politics entered the realm of doing software for nokia smartphones big time, suddenly it didn't matter how innovative software you could provide for the platform but which gatekeepers you knew that could let you in!(I worked for a company that took 1 year to bring sw to 3rd edition from 2nd because Nokia didn't have a real process in place for granting certificates, instead it was a game of who you knew and who they knew and that game had _nothing_ to do with their paid developer program).