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Should Nokia switch to Android?

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Should Nokia switch to Android?

Profitable with Windows Phone

Hooray, Nokia is profitable again! After a long and painful transitional period, the ex-largest cell phone manufacturer has finally swung back to profitability during the beloved holiday season (Q4). Understandably, the profit isn't that big - it's $585 million, but at least it's a start.

Nokia managed to achieve this result thanks to a solid line-up of devices running the Windows Phone 8 operating system, including the Lumia 820 and the flagship Lumia 920. The Lumia 920 in particular is an especially fancy device, because it features a number of interesting new technologies that managed to spark the interest of consumers. Probably the most notable innovation inside the Lumia 920 is its 8MP PureView camera, which has made it possible for Nokia engineers to avoid designing a fat, bulky device like the 808 PureView, while at the same time allowing consumers to enjoy wonderful photo-taking capabilities.

And now we reach the interesting part. All Lumia phones run Windows Phone. Microsoft's mobile operating system is having a very tough time getting off the ground, and some are even questioning its ability to achieve its first big goal - to become the third-largest mobile OS in the world, in terms of market share. If you ask us, Windows Phone 8 does a lot of things right, but it just lacks the wow-factor. The Live Tiles, although not really bad, aren't something incredible, and actually look like downgraded widgets. As a matter of fact, they are not only much simpler, but often lack the functionality found with some of Android's widgets, for example. You can't turn on and off various settings with a Live Tile, you cannot read the latest news and you can't get a nice preview of the new content that's just made its way into the application store.

One of the best ways to hide a weakness is to present it as a great strength

Just see what Microsoft is doing: the Windows Phone platform is very weak when it comes to personalization options. You can't even assign a wallpaper! So, what Microsoft attempts to do is to convince us just how greatly personalizable WP is. "It's not a phone for all of us, but a phone for each of us!" says Microsoft's marketing message. "This is Jessica's Windows Phone; and this here is Steve's Windows Phone." If you've watched a WP presentation, you'd know that Microsoft desperately tries to convince us that WP doesn't have the slightest problem in terms of personalization... in fact, it's great for personalization! Of course, that is all bollocks - customizing the arrangement of the Live Tiles might be OK as far as making your important people more visible, but when it comes to reflecting your personal lifestyle, or being flexible, or tweaking the visuals to make them more pleasing for you, the Live Tile paradigm is helpless.

Many have suggested that Nokia should have chosen Android as its main smartphone platform since day one. Many of those people are more or less right to think so, because Windows Phone is still considered a gamble. Well, if Microsoft continues to pour money it may eventually grab a significant share, but at the current time, it's normal to see Android as the more sustainable model. Today's news of Nokia earning actual money, however, may be seen as a sign that Windows Phone is slowly starting to come into its own.

With all that in mind, today we'd like to ask you: Should Nokia switch to Android? Should it switch to Android now that there's finally a glimmer of hope? Now that we finally have a proof that Stephen Elop's strategy may work? Let's see what you think about this, considering the news that Nokia has finally managed to turn a profit.

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Should Nokia switch to Android?
Absolutely, Android will always be better than Windows Phone. 59.83% (3631 votes) (3631 votes)
Nope, things have just started to get better. Why make a switch now? 35.28% (2141 votes) (2141 votes)
I don't know, maybe they should just license Open WebOS... 4.89% (297 votes) (297 votes)

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posted on 24 Jan 2013, 10:21 48

1. SGSatlantis (Posts: 226; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


Yes please.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 10:56 57

25. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4218; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I still stand for the answer No!
I agree Android is good and i agree that it has more customizeable options but i don't see Nokia becoming successful in the Android race. Even if it does, it will take about a decade...
I'm telling you, Nokia won't be able to compete with what Samsung and others has to offer for Androids. Nokia might produce a decent looking phone, but performance wise, it won't be the same. Better to improve the ecosystem and see what can be done that needs innovation. If i see success in Nokia, i see it with WP.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 10:59 33

30. Johnnokia (Posts: 1140; Member since: 27 May 2012)


What is the problem if they have both ( Windows Phone and Android)

Nokia, please just do it and adopt android. You will see that within 6 months No hype would be about Galaxy, Nexus, Xperia and Note ...... AT ALL

JUST DO IT, ALL OF US LOVE NOKIA

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 11:07 10

33. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


Nokia don't sell yourself to a terrible OS like Android. Im a very disgruntled Android user. Im tired of Force Close Force Close Force Close >:-/ ... ugh!! My wifes Lumia running WP8 is so fast, sleak and doesn't crash! I've pulled my Battery on my Motorola Photon probably 10 times in two days.

Im ready to use my phone for baseball practice...

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 11:22 1

39. No_Nonsense (unregistered)


Perhaps yes, perhaps no. The house built MeeGo was a great alternative to symbian and should have been their focus instead of WP and they should have adopted Symbian for low range devices. Still they are doing a fine job by adopting only WP and I'll see what they do after the deal ends this year or early next year. Food for thought right here:http://interestingthingsworldwide.blogspot.in/2012/06/nokia-and-its-operating-system-dilemma.html

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 11:24 14

41. Johnnokia (Posts: 1140; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Dear,
What is the problem if they adopt both.
If one OS would not sell good, the other will do so.
Nokia had Symbian and Mego. Let's them have Android aswell .

If your opinion is correct, Many other people still think that Android is the best OS and would buy Nokia Android for sure, and this will increase Nokia profit.

Nexus 4 which is a crappy LG and it is all the time sold out. Imagine what will happen if the next Nexus would be Nokia Pureview ??

I can see fighting on Google Play to buy it. How many Million peice would sell ??

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 11:46 1

54. lsguntu (Posts: 67; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


Xperia Z and ZL are superb phones with Andorid and lets see the sales.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 12:02 4

62. Penny (Posts: 1665; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Therein lies the problem. If Nokia offers both, under current circumstances, they would much more likely profit from Android than Windows Phone. They would then be forced -- via board members and shareholders -- to pursue Android over Windows Phone to a lopsided degree.

For Nokia, that would mean good business, at least in the near term. For consumers, that would significantly undermine Windows Phone's ability to penetrate the market, which would mean that it may eventually disappear and leave one less option on the market.

Also, with so many manufacturer's vying for a share of the Android pie, it may well be a worthwhile gamble for Nokia to bet on WP exclusively. It definitely hurts them in the short term, but the potential upside is that they create an identity as THE manufacturer to get if you are going WP. Now that they are well on their way in establishing that identity, the remainder of the gamble is to stay all in with WP until it (potentially) blows up. If WP does blow up, Nokia would be huge beneficiaries of that from this strategy.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 13:26 15

82. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


How the hell does this comment have so many likes? The last thing I would do is doubt Nokias ability to make a high performing phone, in many ways the Lumia 920 is a better performer than any Samsung (low light, screen technology, durability).

Edit: I should give credit to Samsung for what they've done and my example of screen technology is specifically referring to the clearblack and super sensitive touch enhancements.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 14:32 8

103. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4218; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


You misunderstood...I've always been an avid supporter of Nokia.
Lets take an assumption, let the 920 remain as it is, both in an out, except...put Android in it...whichever version you please. Will the performance still read the same for you? The camera, and screen aside. I'm not saying Nokia's hardware is below par, it certainly is above par...the innovating rate they have is outstanding, but bring Android, and it's all about beefed up hardware or it will lag.
Honestly, i prefer an OS that can do everything without the hardware, as in cores, hitting the sky.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 14:55 3

105. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


is it that simple to just replace OS or a whole engineering team who work one one technology has to shift to other it is certianly not possible to start at this time and then everyone will say nokia maps/music/drive for android and it is not easy porting them to android it takes much more then simple wish

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 14:57 25

106. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


why not both?

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 15:18 2

111. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


We'll assume that I choose Jelly Bean, of course. No, performance would not be as fast and you would, with the 1GB ram and dual core, run in to some stability issues. However, with the huge difference in amounts of apps and general abilities and convenices of core OS the user would be given a better overall experience. Now, let's say Nokia releases a quad core 2GB ram device. Now, we have an even more stable OS with all the capabilities of Android. I agree there is an obvious trade off here and it comes down to preference, but after having owned a Lumia 900 I would rather take a phone that could do everything ai wanted to on it and suck up the few nagging performance issues that I'm sure Nokia would address anyway.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 15:43 4

114. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Nokia is already starting to make a profit with WP8 now, and that will only increase during the during year. There is no reason to switch to Android...

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 15:53 2

115. oister85 (Posts: 501; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


nokia is not new in the phone industry.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 16:07 1

118. Veigald (Posts: 290; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)


For God's sake no. Enough laggy unstable junk out there already, Nokia is the perfect flag bearer for smoothness and beauty.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 16:43 6

120. wendygarett (unregistered)


Nokia has faced five years consecutive of loss, and Windows phone alone has finally brings Nokia to profit stage... There will be no turning back but to focus Windows phone...

I can see the reason why Nokia refuses android is because of the epic spec has offered in Asia, and juststern can't compete with... And even Dell cancelled all the android project and focus windows... Why? Because Dell says the profit margin on android is very low!!! I believe the same story on Nokia...

Just tell me guys... How many western oem survived in android... Amazon? The one who offers zero profits margin kindle? Or is it Motorola? Who has a sugar daddy named Google? Can Nokia makes zero profits during losses stage? Do Nokia has a sugar daddy to support android? Nokia just can't compete all the Asian oem... 

Just be honest fandroid, do you really wanna buy Nokia android if it has same spec as lumia 920? Thumb up if you want to buy, and thumbs down if you just want Nokia make android device and you dont wanna buy thanks to your selfishness...

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 16:56 7

123. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


Yea.. they should have both. Some of us still likes Android and Nokia should build some.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 16:59 2

124. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


As somebody who is defending the side that Nokia should make phones running on Android I'd be more than willing to answer @wendygarett's question (though by no means am I a 'fandroid' shown by my early adoption of WP) as much as I wish it was better worded or more comprehendable. The short answer is yes I would buy in a heartbeat, for me it combines the best available hardware with the best available software. However, for calling anyone selfish I will definitely not thumbs up.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 17:05

127. wendygarett (unregistered)


Because I can see a lot of fanboy being selfish without concern of companies background...

and seriously, webOS? Are you kidding me pa?

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 17:08 1

129. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


I am all for Nokia's revival and future success, I think they are a great company with "better" morals than the top dogs right now, but we'll leave that for another time.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 17:17

131. wendygarett (unregistered)


Unfortunately most consumers are blindly accept the device by comparing just in terms of numbers, are you sure you wanna buy these dual core device while others enjoying cheaper quad-core device?

I'm sorry to say that you alone won't make Nokia survive...

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 17:43

133. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


What you're saying remind me a lot of the "megapixel race" that camera companies find themselves in. The average consumer will buy the camera with the high number of megapixels, when megapixels alone count for such a small portion of what goes in to image quality.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 17:54 1

140. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


This is what I'm saying. Do both...just to see what happens. I didnt vote...

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 18:05 2

143. GENERAL-BAKSHE (Posts: 28; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


Cause Nokia the slave has signed a contract with MS for 2 years and will be funding no matter how low it goes, cash and no ex pence will be spared! Flop and the boards needs to be fired right now! How weird are there shareholders and fans not giving a toss if Nokia dies like BB.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 18:08

146. GENERAL-BAKSHE (Posts: 28; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


Lier lier you're bums on fire....!

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 18:16 2

150. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Google has Google Maps....and Google Music. Why assume Nokia would even be allowed to port that over and compete directly with Google?

That also says to me...I dont think there will ever be a Nokia Android phone. They have their own apps that compete directly with Google.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 18:16 2

152. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


are you 5?

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 18:30

165. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3115; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I think Nokia is afraid of Apple if they ever switched over to Android. Microsoft has no problem with being Apple's B, so they are safe from harm.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 18:30 2

166. GENERAL-BAKSHE (Posts: 28; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


O says the old retired police, go look after the streets.
The guy whose aged 20+ acts like a old age pensioner,

Why do people dislike and hate you, no one likes you on PhoneArena, you had a go with mescal, the TROLL, and so many others,

Wtf is wrong with you, go see a mantle doctor, take you're moderator sh!t els were,

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