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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definitely needed to change something in its smartphone strategy, because Android and iOS were both making Symbian feel outdated, unwanted, and ultimately ignored by consumers.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: 1127; Member since: 27 May 2012)


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

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 00:50 2

14. Johnnokia (Posts: 1127; 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 16 Nov 2014, 07:33 3

72. DefinitiveKid (Posts: 220; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Agreed x100

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 09:44 3

79. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


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

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 18 Nov 2014, 00:09

114. steodoreben (Posts: 326; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


Nokia 930 with Android 5.0. :3

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: 1485; 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: 1311; 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: 21; Member since: 05 May 2012)


are you the real Huga Barra? lol

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 18:27

100. Venkatramanan (Posts: 317; 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: 3165; 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: 557; 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: 1127; 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: 5192; 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, 01:09 2

22. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1485; 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, 01:21 9

23. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1485; 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, 02:10

30. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; 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, 02:13 3

31. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; 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, 02:22 1

35. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; 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, 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, 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, 04:22 8

50. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1485; 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.

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