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Nokia CEO alludes to the potential of developing WP7 handsets

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Nokia CEO alludes to the potential of developing WP7 handsets
After reporting some disappointing Q4 results, there have been rumors floating around about Nokia's future and what strategies they need to look into in order to stay afloat in this volatile market. The most  recent earnings report is shaking things up over in Nokia's camp as they continue to struggle in remaining as the world's top dog in mobile phone sales. However, words from their new and current CEO sheds light on the possibilities of what can happen in the near future.

Ex-Microsoft employee and current CEO of Nokia, Stephen Elop, made some startling words about how the once formidable company needs to move faster and have in place better strategies around operating systems. He said, “The game has changed from battle of devices to war of ecosystems. Our industry has changed and we have to change faster.” Although it's hard to gather concrete ideas from his statements, he does suggest that the notion of a dual-OS strategy may be on the list of things to do.

Looking down at it more, Nokia essentially was on that path with Meego, but Elop's statement of “build or join a competitive ecosystem” may spell doom for the up and still coming Meego platform. Granted that he didn't concretely confirm a move to cease Meego entirely, Elop says that Nokia could potentially move to a 3rd party operating system because of the company's strong brand name and carrier relationships.

At this point, it seems that Windows Phone 7 would most likely be the ideal choice since many analysts have mentioned in the past that it would be more of a natural fit for Nokia. Needless to say that Elop's subtle mentions about supporting a 3rd party operating system are inviting, but it's going to really come off as a surprise if they indeed move forward with the strategy.

via AllThingsD & WMPoweruser

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posted on 27 Jan 2011, 14:03 3

1. cannonade (unregistered)


Symbian sucks => Win 7 sucks: surprise = Nokia sucks too.

posted on 29 Jan 2011, 19:53

13. Please (unregistered)


(Did this first comment end up on the wrong thread?)

Moronic comment. You don't know anything about what you just posted, right? And saying that "Nokia {the company] sucks" because their Symbian OS don't fall in your liking is so dumb that I don't really know what to respond. Nokia is so much more than just the Symbian software - you know that, right? And judging by your lame comment, my guess is that you don't have any knowledge about those things at all. Nokia is the key player in the whole damn telecom and wireless communication business, they are not some small-time company you can throw shit on in some random internet comment. The telecom business is dependent on Nokias (and Ericssons) patent portfolios, so go do some research before throwing out useless comments that don't say anything or holds any value. I bet you haven't even owned one of Nokias Symbian phones :-(

posted on 27 Jan 2011, 14:32 1

2. CruT3X (unregistered)


I personally would prefer Android if they adapt a platform outside Nokia Corporation. Srry to say this for you Windows-fans, but I don't really like the look of it, tho I've never tested 1 so my argument can be invalid.

I'm buying my next phone in the summer. If Nokia doesn't have anything interesting to offer (MeeGo, Android?) I'm sure to jump off its wagon till they have.

I'm a Finnish Nokia fanboy myself, so it really hurts to watch what they are doing there :( But summer is still far far away and Nokia should be revealing interesting stuff after two weeks. Getting the hype on!

posted on 29 Jan 2011, 19:51

12. Please (unregistered)


Moronic comment. You don't know anything about what you just posted, right? And saying that "Nokia {the company] sucks" because their Symbian OS don't fall in your liking is so dumb that I don't really know what to respond. Nokia is so much more than just the Symbian software - you know that, right? And judging by your lame comment, my guess is that you don't have any knowledge about those things at all. Nokia is the key player in the whole damn telecom and wireless communication business, they are not some small-time company you can throw shit on in some random internet comment. The telecom business is dependent on Nokias (and Ericssons) patent portfolios, so go do some research before throwing out useless comments that don't say anything or holds any value. I bet you haven't even owned one of Nokias Symbian phones :-(

posted on 29 Jan 2011, 19:55

14. Please (unregistered)


Sorry, replied to the wrong thread. I don't think I did, but it ended up below yours anyway. So, disregard it - the comment was not directed to you :-)

posted on 27 Jan 2011, 16:15 3

3. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 863; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


When are you all going to let this go? WP7 is doing awful in terms of sales. Why the hell would Nokia want to go to a platform that sells even LESS than Symbian does worldwide? It doesn't make any damn sense. The only thing Microsoft and Nokia are working on is probably getting the Office Suite installed on Eseries devices.

The only thing Nokia needs to concern themselves with is moving faster on the new Symbian UI and getting the N9 out the door. That's it. No Android. No WP7. Simple as that.

posted on 27 Jan 2011, 16:44

6. thatdude1 (unregistered)


Couldn't have said it better myself.

posted on 27 Jan 2011, 16:27 1

4. rich (unregistered)


I read the CEO's comments as they "could" join another ecosystem, it doesn't mean they will. The Meego strategy is good, the execution needs to improve, i.e. faster.

posted on 27 Jan 2011, 17:03 4

7. RVM (unregistered)


I hope Elop isn't Microsoft's Trojan horse. I don't really like the idea of Nokia moving to WP7.

posted on 28 Jan 2011, 11:04

10. gregory (unregistered)


Elop- dont even think about this.Win7 is such disaster ...

posted on 28 Jan 2011, 12:45

11. komelo (Posts: 14; Member since: 11 Jan 2011)


7Comments 8nokia fanboys,

posted on 07 Feb 2011, 16:30

15. sillen (unregistered)


IF nokia decides to totally ditch Meego they will severely piss off loyal customers waiting forever for a Meego handset..
To the point where a lot of them simply will choose either Android or stupid fking Apple.
None of them have any real good phones YET. The reason they got so big was a huge market gap left by stupid stupid nokia management dinosaurs...not because of them being so incredibly good.
Look at Apple for example nice looking easy to use BUT shitty camera, unbelievably fragile design, cant take temps below freezing, antenna problems, itunes etc etc

The market is now not wide open unless Nokia brings out something truly groundbreaking both in terms of hard and software. Come on nokia You can do it but not with Wph7..

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