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Nokia debunks the Android rumor, sends over a different translation of CEO Elop's quote

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Nokia debunks the Android rumor, sends over a different translation of CEO Elop's quote
Nokia's PR department was quick to react yesterday to what it deemed a bad translation of the CEO Stephen Elop interview with the Spanish El Pais, where his words "anything is possible" on the topic of Nokia going Android made a couple of tours around the globe, or at least the tech blogosphere part of it.

We already thought yesterday that given the context of Mr Elop's answer, he likely meant that with the advent of technologies like HTML5, proprietary platforms, and even Android, might become less and less relevant, and Nokia sent over the correct translation to patch things up and confirm that is indeed the case. It is also not the first time a Nokia-Android relationship rumor surfaces, and is consequently shot down with grace by the press reps.

Not that we expected anything else, given the network of contracts with Microsoft over WP for the foreseeable future, but here's the full redacted quote translation by the Finns' PR spin team:

So, the way I think about it is, in the current war on ecosystems, we are fighting with Windows Phone. That’s what we’re doing. Now, what we’re always doing is asking, how does that evolve? What’s next? What role does HTML5 play? What role does Android or other things play in the future? We’re looking further into the future, but in terms of what we’re bringing to market, and what we’re immediately focused on, we’re focused on Windows Phone.


source: ElPais via Neowin

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posted on 08 Jan 2013, 10:51 19

1. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Man please NOKIA if u really want to save yourselfs. AT LEAST make a few ANDROID hand sets then you see your sales WILL SKY ROCKET.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 11:35 12

19. MeoCao (unregistered)


For Elop and WP fanboys, a Nokia bankrupt with WP is way better than a Nokia topping the world with Android.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 16:07 6

61. rex1213 (Posts: 77; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)


As much as I dislike Elop, I would say I don't think it is Elop. Because even before Elop came as CEO of Nokia, most Nokia veterans already DID NOT consider and NEVER saw Nokia adopting Android as their platform of choice. The culture inside Nokia is responsible for this.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 21:03 3

108. MeoCao (unregistered)


You should know how hard it is for people to admit mistakes. Elop and Nokia board do not want to admit that they were so wrong about Android and over confident about their own ecosystem. I remember they showed contempt to Android by using bad words...

All Elop and the board want is saving their face (and their seats). Nokia survival and success always come in 2nd place.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 21:31 2

110. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


True +1 from. Buy the way who cares Nokia and WP8 public have no interest like how it was before, I, we, everyone remembers back 4years ago there was a big hype for Nokia N series, but now it's faded away from people's heart, even I was a big Nokia fan and I still own the Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 21:52 6

116. drubicha (Posts: 19; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)


No interest? Is Windows phone in decline? Go check your figure (not 4 years ago) before you spew nonsense.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 22:24 1

118. MeoCao (unregistered)


You are very ignorant, if you follow the events you know that WP market share is declining all the time and is less than BB or even Symbian and Bada in some markets

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 23:42

130. drubicha (Posts: 19; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)


Look who is ignorant still reading old news. I give you the current events-

winsupersite.com/windows-phone/report-windows-phon​e-8-usage-surges

wpcentral.com/lumia-920-holds-majority-all-windows​-phone-us

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 00:05 1

134. MeoCao (unregistered)


when more people are buying the total number will increase, that happens to most OSes I guess.

And you should look at non WP sites to have a independent view.

This is latest Comscore report: WP marketshare declined 20% in 3 months

http://www.comscore.com/Insights/Press_Releases/2013/1/comScore_Reports_November_2012_U.S._Mobile_Subscriber_Market_Share

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 00:42

137. drubicha (Posts: 19; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)


You are misleading the public again with your old data. Nov. 12? Nokia 920/others was just introduced near that date. And besides the market is not US alone. MS annouced 5x increase of sale during xmas compared to last. A stunning 11.8% increase in Italy and threatening iPhone in Southern Europe. There could be even more if Nokia is not having trouble ramping up the production of new Lumia 920 according to Kanta Worldpanel results. You haven't heard yet of China market. India is about to open. So you wait for Q1 stat and we talk again.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 02:00

141. MeoCao (unregistered)


The report you have is about only WP

You need to look at the reports about the market share of mobile market in general. Italy is exception rather than the norm.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 07:29 1

144. drubicha (Posts: 19; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)


Just admit that you're being ignorant. This report is enough to refute your claim that WP marketshare is in decline. You don't have concrete evidence either, only speculations from ANAL-lyst.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 22:58 1

120. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Soon WP8 will be an epic fail, look what happened to W1234567 & now 8, look at the time line!

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 04:08 1

142. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4002; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


And you think Android had a runaway success with Android Alpha and Android Beta?? I might not be wrong to tell you that most people don't know shizz about Android before 2.3 happened...
I'm not dissin' Android here, but be reasonable on how you reply.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 11:40 8

22. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 385; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Lets assume if Nokia makes 2 smartphones,1 android & another WP with same specs.Which will sell more? obviously Android.I don't understand why Nokia is not taking a test drive with android,Because stephen Elop is lying as a CEO in Nokia.In android we even get the WP8 launcher,ios launcher etc for people getting bored of same UI.Samsung went from no mobile to top mobile.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 17:22 6

66. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


So what all you android and are saying is that you are so secretly dissatisfied with the current android offerings and/or what you already have that you and others like you would flock to buy a Nokia android with the expectation that it would have the Nokia magic of not having the same problems other OEMs have been dealing with since the platform came out 5 years ago? Yes, its hardware prowess is paramount, but I doubt even Nokia could make android not buggy and problematic, if only because android runs on the Java virtual machine. It would easily be the best android, but it wouldn't be the best overall.

Just give in: WP is the superior OS for most consumers, and sales are picking up.as more consumers realize it and commit to it. Nokia is leading the way on the best overall mobile platform, and unless there is a huge overhaul for android 5, it will keep having frustrated customers who look for something more reliable and easy to use.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 17:48 2

67. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I dont think there is a mobile OS, desktop OS alive that doesnt have issues. You talk like WP is perfect...

Its like this....If Android was sooo buggy and problematic and WP was soo perfect....word of mouth woulda helped WP and hurt Android by now. Doesnt seem to be that way tho, now does it?

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 17:59 3

69. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I have Windows Phone (7.5), and it's far from perfect (HTML5 may be the future but I wouldn't mind Flash NOW, plus built-in FM broadcaster and USB OTG, among others), but it is the most comprehensively satisfying and pleasant mobile OS on the general market. I tried Android on 3 different devices of my own, and numerous of others' more recently, and they have all been unsatisfactory, either with layout, features, bugginess, restarts, or plain unintuitiveness. It's a wide margin better than ios or BB7, and would be my preference if those were the only other choices. Also, it works - quite well - for MANY people, but for most users, I would surmise, they only use it out of ignorance or inability to try something newer and typically better - same reason Toyota and GM sell a lot of cars, not due to quality necessarily, but because they're what are popular and available, while smaller purist companies like Mazda and Volvo, with more innovations and better overall experience, are overlooked.
Android has its place, and better it than ios; personally I hope/predict WP and Android will be the mainstream duopoly ASAP, with BB in third and the top five rounded out with Sailfish and Tizen or bada.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 18:38 2

78. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


And the reason the old WIn Mo disappeared when Android came on the scene?

Like I said....word of mouth woulda helped WP alot more and hurt Android alot more if Android was so buggy, problematic. Funny....cuz each Motorola Android phone I got has been better than the previous one. Samsung and HTC? A lil different story.

Sometimes...its the manufacture, not the OS.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 18:43 1

80. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


or the phone, and not the OS.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 23:19

127. Dastrix (unregistered)


You are right, I couldn't agree more that a Motorola is far less buggy than an HTC. I used to have an HTC Hero, and man, that thing reached brick-status after two months. However, as -box- said, ignorance is the biggest issue. It not only affects the different ecosystems, but it is relevant within Android itself. Sadly, there seems to be a compromise between quality and quantity, as it has always been. People are just too ignorant to realize that there's more to Android than just a single brand.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 20:27 1

102. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


+1 from me.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 23:06

123. Dastrix (unregistered)


Very well said!

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 13:47

148. steelicon (Posts: 318; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


No matter how the Nokia PR spin-doctors spin Elop's recent gaffe, the cat is out of the bag : For the first time, Elop flinched from "Plan B is for Plan A to succeed, there is no Plan B, etc.,"

Nokia PR and Marketing spin-doctors you were caught lying between the teeth before, so no surprises here.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 10:53 13

2. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


An idiot will always be an idiot.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 10:58 5

5. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Irrelevant

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 11:11 8

10. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Your comment is equally irrelevant. Just so you know that.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 10:54 5

3. geniusjatt (Posts: 20; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


oh come on Nokia, you have the best hardware but think about OS

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 10:57 12

4. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


How many vendors sell Android phones? How many are profitable? You have at least fifty different Android manufacturers yet only three or four are noticed: Samsung LG Motorola and Sony.

HTC has Android.... Doesn't stop the bleeding

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 11:02 7

7. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Same can apply as for windows, none of the guys with windows phone she having any better field, HTC is there because its user interface is clumsy and dated plus HTC is not a well known brand, is fairly new, Motorola was loosing money long before Android, it it wasn't for the droid it would be dead, now topped the best seller Verizon phones, LG didint even knew what a smartphone was. yeah everyone is into android... But Nokia could topple the charts

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