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What if Nokia had chosen Android instead of Windows Phone? Here's what some Lumias could have looked like

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What if Nokia had chosen Android instead of Windows Phone? Here's what some Lumias could have looked like
It was February 2011 when Nokia announced that it had chosen Microsoft’s Windows Phone as its main smartphone platform. Nokia (and Symbian) fans were stunned, and most of the world was also pretty surprised to hear about the deal. Of course, Nokia was at a point where it definitely needed to change something in its smartphone strategy, because Android and iOS were both making Symbian feel outdated, unwanted, and ultimately ignored by consumers. MeeGo wasn't seen as a viable option for the future, either.

There’s a BBC interview (from February 2011) with Stephen Elop - then Nokia’s CEO - and Steve Ballmer - ex Microsoft CEO - in which Elop admits that Nokia “spent time with colleagues at Google” to explore the Android ecosystem, while also checking out what Windows Phone had to offer. However, it did not choose Android - because, by doing that, it would have had difficulties “differentiating within that ecosystem” (at least according to Stephen Elop).

So Nokia put its hopes in Windows Phone, saying that, together with Microsoft, it would create smartphones that can stand out from the crowd. 

But what if Nokia had chosen Android, and not Microsoft’s OS? Did you ever wonder what the Lumia line would have looked like in that case? We’ve taken the liberty of changing some important Nokia Lumia models a bit, re-imagining them with Android on-board, and we're presenting them below.  

Of course, assuming that Nokia had really chosen Android as its new smartphone OS in 2011, its Lumia devices would have probably had different designs. So what we’re doing with this article is more like looking at a parallel universe, rather than trying to guess what would have really happened to Nokia had it walked the Android path. Even so, take a look at our Androidified Nokia Lumias and let us know what you think about them.

P.S.: In reality, Nokia did release Android smartphones: the ill-fated Nokia X models from earlier this year. However, these aren't true Android handsets, running a forked version of the OS that's been customized with Microsoft features and services.

P.S. 2: Nokia is no longer involved in the phone making business, as Microsoft bought its devices and services unit in April.


reference: BBC

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posted on 16 Nov 2014, 00:00 25

1. draconic1991 (Posts: 195; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


looks like really bad editing

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 00:50 10

13. Johnnokia (Posts: 1060; Member since: 27 May 2012)


No.
930 with Lollipop... That had to happen.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 07:33 3

72. DefinitiveKid (Posts: 215; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Agreed x100

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 09:44 3

79. akki20892 (Posts: 3900; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Dude.....that 930 oh my god..... It's a glory phone.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 00:09

114. steodoreben (Posts: 228; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


Nokia 930 with Android 5.0. :3

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 00:50 2

14. Johnnokia (Posts: 1060; Member since: 27 May 2012)


No.
930 with Lollipop... That must have been happen.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 04:02 1

46. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


To me it looks like Android homescreen that we have seen before on other Android devices, not sure its bad editing.

posted on 17 Nov 2014, 20:40

111. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


No...but I see bad trolling by Microsoft fanboys.

You guys gonna' have to start playing with yourselves instead of technology once Microsoft pulls a Windows Mobile on you again. 3% marketshare with no favorable gains and the loss of the iconic Nokia name and build...good luck...it's like getting laid at the morgue...it's no fun unless it's a warm body...

It's all good though...at least with Android you can run a code and an emulator then you can run XP or Vista on your phones...get ready, son...

posted on 22 Nov 2014, 18:46

115. Friend42 (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


I actually really like the look of that Lumia 1520. I would buy it if it were running KitKat

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 00:01 9

2. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


It could of drive their SALES upwards. If Eloped hadn't sold Nokia hardware division

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 01:07 6

20. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1344; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Yeah. I would have said going with WP was "not a bad decision" if Nokia name had stayed. But now it feels like pathetic move which killed Nokia.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 03:20 5

40. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1005; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


Whether Nokia sales is good or not is depend how good for their home country is.

It's hopeless as Europeans currently still worshipping American icrap, lack of responsibility to support domestic brand.

This is how Asian oems rising, unlike them, we have responsibility to motivate domestic brand and push them forward

Many reasons why Nokia falling, but the core reason isn't Elop, but European's attitude as consumers giving Elop opportunities to invade Nokia.

After the fall of Siemens, European never learn the lesson, and now Nokia, smh

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 04:18 1

49. funtikar (Posts: 19; Member since: 05 May 2012)


are you the real Huga Barra? lol

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 18:27

100. Venkatramanan (Posts: 308; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)


Remember China is one of the huge market for apple.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 23:18

104. Fazz1977 (Posts: 153; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


When I was in Finland last year all I saw was Nokia phones.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 23:34

105. laughmi (banned) (Posts: 283; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


It is the patriotism towards iCraps, Americans buy it like read apples and also the fanboyism. If real productivity is seen iCraps would be no where. Xiaomi and Huawei would rule the world.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 17:44

117. downphoenix (Posts: 3155; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


True this. Nokia could be #1 or #2 in the Android field and would not have had to sell themselves to Microsoft.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 00:03 9

3. valapsp (Posts: 554; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


dat icon!!!!

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 00:07 2

4. diehardnokian (Posts: 145; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


awkwardly good looking they are..!

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 00:09 1

5. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


They would have been worst off than HTC.

They made the right choice of selling to Microsoft. If Black Berry is smart, they should sell to a potential buyer too.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 00:52 18

16. Johnnokia (Posts: 1060; Member since: 27 May 2012)


A lot of eloppy idiots are still in here

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 01:07 5

21. elitewolverine (Posts: 5076; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


or just tards that have no grasp of history and know that even 2 years before elop joined, Nokia's grasp was slipping and the review of their software was crap at the time. Not to mention there wasn't a single competitive phone shown to Elop and his group of 12 individuals + the board, for a working meego phone product.

The idea that Elop acted alone, and that Nokia didn't shoot themselves in the foot is not new. Hell there are hundreds of articles online talking about the fall of Nokia BEFORE Elop took over.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 01:21 9

23. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1344; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Fine fine.. Nokia was in trouble before Elop and they had to make a serious decision. Either go with WP or Android or go with both at the same time. Then Elop came whose loyalty lies with Microsoft and sold Nokia to Microsoft. And this decision killed Nokia off from mobile business. Yeah the King has fallen. Elop striked them in the perfect time making it sounds like it is the(going with WP) right and only change choice they had. In my opinion going with a dead platform(WP was kinda dead before Nokia entered the game) is the same as fighting in the crowded platform(which is Android). And I believe if LG and Sony could achieve some profit from Android Nokia would also definitely be profitable.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 02:13 3

31. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


"And I believe if LG and Sony could achieve some profit from Android Nokia would also definitely be profitable."

Exactly!! Even with HTC on a roller coaster ride for profits and market share in Android land, they are still HTC, still surviving as HTC. Even Motorola was still surviving as Motorola.

Nokia is on the verge of becoming Palm...which is now mostly know for patents, but just barely known.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 03:38 1

41. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


You are assuming that Nokia is a step above LG and Sony. I think they are not even close with their super heavy bricks and huge camera humps.

Don't pretend like you are some kind of genius market analyst. Chances are, they would have continued their spiral no matter what and their best option was to let Microsoft try and salvage it, which is only feasible because MS has the $$$$$$$.

So Elop was going to either bet on the fickle IOS and Android consumer or the safe bet of MS's limitless pocket book. Really hard choice there......not.

And yes this is coming from a marketing major. There is zero proof, unless you consider your fanboy wishful thinking as proof, that Nokia would do better than LG and Sony if they went with Android.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 04:22 8

50. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1344; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


You are assuming Nokia a step below than LG and Sony. They are great, look what they did to WP. If WP has grown anything it's Nokia who did it with their preview cameras and build quality etc. Many tried WP because of Nokia. And I'm not a genius I talk as an open minded consume who loves tech. I'm not a fanboy as you mentioned. If someone who express their opinion against a particular company is fanboy?? Lol really nice logic. The only sensible reason Nokia gone with WP is Microsoft paying Nokia Millions of dollars of cash( which is a great trick by Microsoft and a really important move to save WP) other than that WP wouldn't have brought more fortune to Nokia than Android.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 05:26 2

57. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Other than Microsoft paying Nokia more cash than they would ever make on Android, Nokia would have been better off with Android? What did I just read...lol

Ah...fanboy logic.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 06:19 2

60. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1344; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Yeah I'm a fan of technology. I use a Lumia and not planning to switch anytime soon. And your are deep fan of MS huh??? Back to the point,) What I said is Nokia went with Microsoft because of MS money not what your so called hero Mr.Elop stated which is "differentiating within that ecosystem” ".

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 06:46 1

61. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


So...you dont really care about the Nokia name, legacy....just hopeful that some Nokia hardware makers are still making phones...

All because MS had the money.

Ok.

Also a pretty big assumption that they would make lil money with Android.

I will see if I feel the same way if Motorola's name is erased from its products. For now tho, I dont understand some of these so called Nokia fans.

Or is it Microsoft fans, if so that makes more sense.

Ask Meego, Palm, WebOS fans about this feeling.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 12:28

87. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I am not making assumptions like let's be honest is here. You guys sound like the blackberry finds that insisted bb10 would complete the blackberry comeback.

Nokia didn't make money on symbian, they didn't make money on windows phone, they didn't make money on windows RT, they didn't make money on Meego, heck they didn't even make money on forked Android...so how am I making a big assumption that they wouldn't light up Android? I am just taking a baseline stance that they won't vary or veer towards high levels of success and remain where they are so the onus isn't on me to provide evidence that they stay where they are, that's just where they have always been.

The onus is on you, the people that assume Nokia would trounce all Android OEMs if they went with Android, to provide evidence. The only evidence we have is some of letsbehonest Nokia buddies ditching Nokia because of Windows phone. Which would be good evidence if and only if he can provide numbers that would make a difference and I highly doubt he has millions of friends saying this. Probably like 5 at most. And only if these millions specifically say they would buy Nokia again if it ran Android instead of wp.

I am not making any assumption at all, you guys are. Right now they ARE below Sony (unless you count the vaio sale restructuring that out them into the red this year)and LG in sales, those are facts, not assumptions. I don't have to prove this would change if Nokia went Android.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 13:46 1

92. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


"they didn't make money on windows phone,"

I almost stopped reading right there.....reading the rest confirmed I should have....

Is this some warped MS fan thinking that since the Lumia is now named Microsoft, Nokia didnt make a profit on this? Or since MS bought the mobile division...Nokia didnt have any hand at all in the success of the Lumia?

You do realize someone, some company with the money could have just invested in Nokia and not bought the mobile division and we wouldnt even be having this discussion right now...

If Google had bought it instead of MS.....we wouldnt be having this discussion right now...

Btw...this is recent HTC info for those that bring other Android OEM's making no money up:

http://www.gsmarena.com/htc_ends_q3_on_a_19_million_profit_hopes_for_the_best_in_q4-news-10097.php

posted on 17 Nov 2014, 20:49

112. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


You might as well have sex with a mannequin, at least you'll have a productive conclusion.

M$ dudes think M$ is the center of the galaxy...good for you.

End of the day? Nokia was in trouble, but a corporate mole wasn't the answer.

Your pimp got another prostitute, but ultimately mangled her face in a fit of rage, now nobody's buying.

You know what capitalism is? 3% marketshare (Get ****ed)...

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 07:16 1

70. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


"You are assuming Nokia a step below than LG and Sony. They are great, look what they did to WP. If WP has grown anything it's Nokia who did it with their preview cameras and build quality etc. Many tried WP because of Nokia"

Reading this. I just realized the arguments some are making about Nokia.

They act like WP was on fire before Nokia launched the Lumia. WP owes its entire market share to Nokia. WP was barely a blip before Nokia. All.....the other WP OEM's .....combined..... dont even total how much the Lumia sold.

Take away Nokia and WP is one the verge of shutting down. How many OEM's have dropped or havent announced a new WP device?

And some think Nokia would have struggled with Android? A more popular mobile OS?

Wow.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 07:10 1

69. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Seriously? They both are doing better with Android vs WP. Sony doesnt even make WP.

If you think Sony or LG is bigger than Nokia as far as phones...I dont what to say.....

Everybody keep saying that they had no choice but for MS to salvage it, ask Motorola about this. And please think before you respond concerning Motorola.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 03:48 3

45. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Was Google paying hundreds of millions to Nokia to run Android?. MS did to have Nokia run Windows Phone, at the end of the day Nokia is a business.

I would like to see many Android OEMs make WP versions of their Android flagships for choice sakes. That doesn't mean it will happen. Companies do what they think is best for them at the end of the day.

You can agree or disagree but its their call.

I wonder how many who wished Nokia brand name was still on future devices bought the Nokia X or even a very cheap Nokia Lumia to support Nokia?.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 04:26 5

52. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1344; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


I kinda agree. I also think it is Microsoft's money that made Nokia go with WP. Google might not have offered it because Android future was secure at that time. I understands what Elop did, it is pure business. But what I don't understand is Microsoft killing Nokia's name off? What's the benefit of "Microsoft Lumia" brings over "Nokia Lumia"?

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 06:49

62. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


"What's the benefit of "Microsoft Lumia" brings over "Nokia Lumia"?"

MS is trying to ride on the coat tails of Nokia's success with the Lumia name. Thats all. They could have kept Nokia's name on it.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 07:08

68. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Yep in business money is a major influence. I agree that they should have kept Nokias name especially in foreign markets. I think they thought about it and decided that Windows 10 also will have brand appeal and that Windows 10 for phones being the same OS as the desktop will bring in many consumers. Also the naming scheme was too long that passably also a factor why they dropped Nokia. Another possible reason could be with Samsung trying to back out of the deal MS could point out that Lumia is a lot less popular than Nokia so that takes away much of Samsung's argument.

All just speculation, at the end of the day they did what they thought was best.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 10:20

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


It would have cost too much to keep licensing the name. Nokia as a company still exists, but don't do consumer hardware anymore, just network infrastructure, mapping technology, R&D, and patent licensing.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 07:01

67. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


"I wonder how many who wished Nokia brand name was still on future devices bought the Nokia X or even a very cheap Nokia Lumia to support Nokia?"

Because that plan worked out so well for Palm and WebOS....

Now lets ask this question again if Nokia is allowed to make a full fledged Android phone, not some Android, MS/WP hybrid. Or something like Amazon is doing. It doesnt have to be Google's Android, but it shouldnt have MS influence in it like the Nokia X.

At first glance the Nokia X looks like WP to the uninformed.

posted on 17 Nov 2014, 20:53

113. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Yeah...they gave them money...to offset the loss of sales for switching to Windows.

Bribe money is bribe money.

If the OS was successful, the money wouldn't have been needed in the first place.

Nokia became the face of Windows Phone, M$ killed their own cash-cow.

Two words, same outcome: Windows Mobile...

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 02:10

30. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Replace Nokia with Motorola before the Droid 1 and it could almost be word for word the same thing.

Motorola was a household name again in phones thanks to Android, the Droid 1 and marketing. Motorola is still here because of those things.

Biggest difference between the 2 companies is the man at the helm for Motorolas stumble got the boot after Google bought them, was replaced by a Google employee. He might still be there after the sale to Lenovo.

Stark difference vs whats happened at Nokia, especially after the sale to MS.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 02:22 1

35. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


"Biggest difference between the 2 companies is the man at the helm for Motorolas stumble got the boot after Google bought them, was replaced by a Google employee. He might still be there after the sale to Lenovo."

I got this wrong, this guy got the boot right before the Droid 1. But the guy that was at the helm during the Droid 1 days got the boot after Google bought Moto because he wasnt capitalizing on the success of the Droid 1 properly.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 01:09 2

22. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1344; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Selling to Microsoft was okay but killing Nokia name was pathetic move. Look at Motorola which has been sold to Lenovo but the brand still exist. And do not compare HTC to Nokia ,compare with LG or Sony.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 10:28

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


Microsoft didn't buy ALL of Nokia, therefore they couldn't use their name. Nokia still exists, just without a consumer hardware division.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 00:13 1

6. joey18 (Posts: 589; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


nokia mistakes android phone better then samsung Microsoft kill nokia

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 00:18 1

7. h27_Venom (Posts: 76; Member since: 16 May 2014)


like any other major manufacturer they would had their own custom skin..!!!

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 00:20 2

8. Andrewtst (Posts: 608; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Nokia will survive and I will buying it and return to Nokia.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 00:22 4

9. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Duh leave the phones aside, Nokia would have beaten Samsung and would have been number one smartphone maker for sure!
And some sleek yet functional skin over Android with Nokia hardware would have been a dream phone.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 05:45 3

58. refillable (Posts: 1044; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


I appreciate your nice acceptance of reality... Nokia 920, Android JB, Carl Zeiss lens, Pureview camera, Standard Android hardware, Dat durability and finally the user base is unimaginable to think how successful it will be.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 07:17 3

71. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Nokia Would have made me consider something outside of the nexus line for sure.
Nokia if they skinned android would have made sure their added value wares caused the end user no grief, unlike other OEM.

Nokia Android would be in my pocket now.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 09:43 2

78. akki20892 (Posts: 3900; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


All that Nokia Android looking marvelous.....and they should change on screen button to physical button ( touch ) then that be awesome.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 00:40 5

10. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Elop was Microsoft's not-so-obvious "trojan horse."

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 00:44 2

11. Kishin (Posts: 704; Member since: 30 May 2013)


That 930!!!

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 00:47 1

12. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Imagine that and 1520 as white versions...
Beautiful.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 00:50

15. Mube007 (Posts: 235; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)


now i can say only one word rip nokia ceo

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 00:56

17. uzimafioso (Posts: 205; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


Okay. Nokia's bezels have bezels...

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 00:56 5

18. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 724; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


Nokia would have stood out with superior build, superior camera and maybe even a MeeGo-like skin/launcher. But would we really need another Android manufacturer? I for one am glad that today we have other choices than iOS and Android, because I dislike both for various reasons...

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 01:25 5

24. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1344; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Nokia as an another manufacturer ? Well yeah of course we need one like Nokia. I knew alot of people don't but Nokia just because of WP. Trust me I'm not lying. Nokia should make Android along with WP.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 04:15 1

48. funtikar (Posts: 19; Member since: 05 May 2012)


Nokia should have made android phone...and from there they can make their own os-devices..Meego,Sailfish etc

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