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Nokia chairman says it has a contingency plan in case Windows Phone 8 fails

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Nokia chairman says it has a contingency plan in case Windows Phone 8 fails
Around this time last year, Stephen Elop made it very clear Nokia was all in with Windows Phone by saying there was no Plan B. He said, “Plan B is to make sure Plan A is very successful.” Either things have changed in the last year, or Elop is not privileged enough to know about super secret Plan B.

On an appearance on a Finland-based TV show, Nokia chairman Risto Siilasmaa said that Nokia does, in fact, have a contingency plan in the event that Windows Phone 8 powered products doesn’t meet sales expectations. Siilasmaa, who has only been in position since May, went on to say that he was sure Windows Phone 8 would be a success, which is obviously a bit of a contradiction.

Unfortunately, Siilasmaa did not comment on what Plan B is, but when asked about the initial decision to switch to Windows Phone, he said, “Symbian’s market share has come down close to zero.” Based on that, we think it’s pretty safe to say Nokia is beyond the point of no return when it comes to it considering Symbian its bread and butter.

Could we ever see lines of Android powered Nokia device? We guess anything is possible in the event of a catastrophic failure of Windows Phone, but it seems that Nokia is quite committed to making Windows Phone work in the long haul.

source: YLE.fi via Neowin

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posted on 01 Jul 2012, 20:05 8

1. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


Plan B. Selling the company
because before nokia say, no more linux OS

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 21:43 3

20. windowsRocks (Posts: 153; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


Is it going back to symbian?

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 23:06 10

35. maverick786us (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


Hope they go for MeeGo

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 12:47 1

55. rodex (Posts: 23; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Yupp.. Hope so too..

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 20:06 19

2. Ravail (Posts: 182; Member since: 14 Oct 2011)


My god, i would pay massive amounts of money to have an Android powered Nokia device. Sad to see such a great company use an weaker OS (windowsjavascript:;)

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 21:05 17

11. tuminatr (Posts: 774; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


exactly why not support both. Nokia does make good hardware

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 21:08 16

14. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)


That wont happen as long as elop is there

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 22:04 10

28. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


What makes you think that Elop will be working at Nokia if W8 is a massive fail?

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 21:17 8

17. pegasso (Posts: 279; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


agree.
Nokia should make an android powered phones.
it's the safest move for Nokia if they really want to save their company.

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 22:48 2

32. smartphone (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Android had very fewer chances as a backup, because backup should be available immideatly.
I think its maemo based with QT support, afterall its like a Linux desktop in mobile or a Nokia air type concept.
Either way now WP8 had far fewer chances to fail. literlaly its a windows 8 in mobile.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 04:07

50. DIYguy (Posts: 190; Member since: 27 Feb 2011)


Umm if you don't like java why do you like android...? Android is written in java, it's a bulky stupid language and makes things slow...

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 08:38

53. Ravail (Posts: 182; Member since: 14 Oct 2011)


i didnt add (windowsjavascript:;) to my comment. Somehow it got edited in.

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 20:15 15

3. mercorp (Posts: 1030; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Please make it An android pureview!

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 20:48 6

6. 14545 (Posts: 1608; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Seriously. I actually like the looks of their phones, and that camera seems AMAZING. I would gladly buy one with android and LTE.

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 21:04 11

10. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Plan B Dump WP and Go android

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 12:49 1

56. rodex (Posts: 23; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


they probably have a better bet with Meego instead of Android, its their own OS...

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 14:57 1

59. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


they have no outside support, app development, higher costs from doing it all themselves, and no public demand for Meego. It would be a complete flop.
you guys need to let go of symbian and meego. they are dead.

Plan B is simple.. its either 1 of 2 things.
1) Sell themselves to Microsoft like Moto and Google.
or
2) Start building high end android phones.

Come on.. who wouldnt want a pureview camera with a 4.3+inch HD screen and high end hardware? I could definitely go for that.

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 20:30 15

4. DePenguin (Posts: 22; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)


Nokia just needs to adopt android. Their hardware is beautiful enough to sell.

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 20:36 4

5. Mube1 (Posts: 153; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Nokia u should make hd screens ist

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 20:51 12

7. snowgator (Posts: 3600; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


WP 8 has no reason not to be a success. But, Nokia has no reason not to have a second plan in place.

I have been saying for months moving to Android is always an option.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 01:42

44. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 293; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


I see Android not to be an option, the market is really contended there, if someone would run Porter's 5 forces analysis, they would find Android not to be a very unattractive market.

If anyone wants me to write a brief about the above, i would be happy to do that.

otherwise, here is a useful link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porter_five_forces_analysis

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 20:53 6

8. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Plan B
start a developing new OS with intel based on linux and continue the n9 legacy

but lets be honest here WP 8 doesn't look like it's about to fail

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 21:06 4

12. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)


makes quite good sense, WP8 failing rate is quite low

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 21:16 7

15. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


like tizen OS.

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 21:46 2

22. 12Danny12 (Posts: 20; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


Yea I agree wp8 is gonna be a success on becoming The third most used os in the us. I can see wp8 failure to be quite low because all the carrier support and the enterprise integration between and a of and a wp . adopting android and wp is basically fine by me. But don't count wp out yet.

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 21:48 1

23. 12Danny12 (Posts: 20; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


Yea I agree wp8 is gonna be a success on becoming The third most used os in the us. I can see wp8 failure to be quite low because all the carrier support and the enterprise integration between and a pc and a wp . adopting android and wp is basically fine by me. But don't count wp out yet.

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 20:54 9

9. Johnnokia (Posts: 1104; Member since: 27 May 2012)


I respect windows phone, Android and even Symbian, but I adore Nokia and wish them to come back to the top. They truly have the best hardware.
Please Nokia adopt Android besides WP and you will see that no one will care about Samsung, HTC, LG .. etc.
I even guess that few will care about Iphone if there will be Nokia Android or WP pureview with huge screen resolution and quad -core or Hexa core.

JUST DO IT, and you will see your market share will overtake all other phone's manufacturers.

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 22:01 5

27. lsutigers (Posts: 820; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


I think Nokia is a great company, similar to HTC on the Android side. Not the biggest player (Samsung) but one that builds quality phones with good software and seems to care about their customers.

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 21:07 4

13. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 867; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


DROID!!! I used to be completely against this... until I actually had a few Android phones. Unless WP8 comes a long way, it still can't provide the feature rich environment that Symbian can. Android can cover almost all of those bases though, except for the clock screen saver, which I haven't been able to find a good app for. Nevertheless, Droid is the closest thing to Symbian out there. It's battery life sucks, and nobody makes a great camera for any of the Android phones, so if this was Nokia's Plan B, I would be totally cool with that.

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 22:48 3

31. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)


well if Nokia goes android, they can skin the UI and boom, your screensaver clock will be there

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