Did you know that, in the beginning, Microsoft and Nokia didn't see Android as a threat?

The very first commercially available Android smartphone was the T-Mobile G1 / HTC Dream (pictured below), which saw a limited launch in late 2008. Back then, few would have imagined that Android could become the world’s most used smartphone OS in just several years. 

In fact, in 2007, when Google announced the Open Handset Alliance and its Android-related plans, some of the big boys of the smartphone world publicly stated that they believed this new Linux-based, open source platform would not be successful.

Nokia was the king of smartphones in 2007, thanks to its army of Symbian devices. Do you know what the Finnish company had to say about Android in November of that year? According to Reuters, a Nokia spokesperson simply declared:


Perhaps this was one of Nokia’s fundamental mistakes that made it rapidly lose market share in the years that followed. Ultimately, Nokia’s devices and services unit ended up being bought by Microsoft, but not before turning to Android for its line of cheap Nokia X handsets.

Speaking of Microsoft, here’s what the company’s general manager of marketing at its Windows Mobile business thought about Android in 2007:


We’re pretty sure that Microsoft now fully understands the impact that Android had, and will continue to have - not just on the mobile market, but also on pretty much everything that connects to the internet.  

Also interesting - and funny in a rather sad way - is the statement of a Symbian official from back then:


Well, Google seems to know how to manage the unmanageable - helped, of course, by all the talented people it hired, all the money that it invested in software development, and all the partnerships it made with manufacturers and carriers over the years.

Android is currently the indisputable leader of the smartphone market, with a global share of around 80%, and 1 billion active users. Apple’s iOS (with a market share or around %16) and Microsoft’s Windows Phone (around %3.5 - %4) complete the top three.

The latest version of Android, called Android L for now, will be released this fall with lots of new features and enhancements, most likely to further confirm Google's supremacy over the mobile devices market. 

reference: Reuters

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91 Comments

1. Reeyawn

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

They made a big mistake there.lol

14. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Lesson is never underestimate the competition. At the same time that lesson also brought Nokia and MS closer. It forced Microsoft to wake up and strike back with Metro UI and great Lumia devices now Google and Apple are the big boys at least in mobile WP is the underdog. I like underdogs.

20. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

if htc/ android/ Google were smart, they would rerelease the G1 phone body and button and keyboard design, but with All upgraded hardware, software, cameras, flash, battery, EVERYTHING NEW n stuff, but in that phone. (Bigger screen but thats it) and it would sell sooooooo fast

30. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

No...

60. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

yes.......like when T-mobile tried to re-release the Sidekick......but with an Android OS.......its camera DIDNT EVEN HAVE A FLASH so it was Doomed......DOOMED from the start. i was excited about having a decent keyboarded phone. o yea also no 4G radio inside....i think....(i know i could go look it up on here, but f that). so the G1 was to be the result of starting a Reveloution in mobile devices....and it WAS.....the last phone to really do so was the Galaxy S3, but it had no keyboard. i know i dont own any phones with keyboards anymore, but say if there was a version of the Sony Z2 or the S5 that had a keyboard, id want that phone.

71. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Are you saying that the G1 started a revolution in mobile devices because of its physical keyboard? If so, you might want to rethink that, considering BlackBerry and Palm created phones with keyboards LONG BEFORE the G1 ever came out. Even Motorola had keyboard handsets out before the G1. Now, if you're referring solely to Android handsets, then that's different.

84. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

no, im jus saying all the new handsets that are revolutionary nolonger have keyboards. i want a revolutionary handset, with a keyboard. kuz theyre awesome....n i miss it. btw, blackberry almost FOREVER turned me off with the BB Storm 1&2.

88. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry has come a LONG WAY from the BlackBerry Storms 1&2. I'm a BlackBerry fan and I can in all honesty that the Storm series was crap. BB10 handsets now have the BEST keyboards in the business, virtual and DEFINITELY physical. And have you seen the BlackBerry Passport? TRUE hardware keyboard innovation right there. And great specs to match.

89. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

nomaly id respond by saying, "but with a sh-tty unsuported by apps OS," but thats not true anymore (cuz it now supports android apps, if u didnt know )..... yet the draw of exclusivity of BBM is kinda over (atleast here in the US) so idk. might take a look, but with the new sammy S5, sony Z2, n even amazons new fire phone.....i doubt it. for the record, i hate iphones, but LOVED that slide-out keyboard case that was made by some one 4 it. effin so genius i remember that Blackberry tried/did sue the for it. i want one of those for any of the phone i just listed, at a minimum.

90. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes, I know about the Android app support. BlackBerry 10 has supported Android apps since its inception with the 10.0 release. Now 10.3 is almost here and the Android app support has gotten even better, especially with the Amazon deal in place. BlackBerry making BBM available for other platforms was genius, and should have been done ages ago. It's another form of revenue for them, through stickers and Channels, etc. The BlackBerry Passport, with its specs and innovative qwerty keyboard, is comparable to the S5 and Z2, and the Fire Phone. If you are unwilling to check out the Passport, perhaps Samsung then, as they are probably the closest to doing another qwerty keyboard phone.

37. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

"It forced Microsoft to wake up and strike back with Metro UI" I don't know if I would call Metro UI "striking back." At any rate, I sort of agree that Google and Apple shouldn't rest on their laurels, and they haven't thus far. Eventually a new platform probably will rise up and knock them out of the top spot. I don't think Windows Phone will be the one to do it, though. I know I for one would never make a Windows Phone my main device, at least not as the software stands now. I could have seen myself switching to Blackberry 10 maybe, if it matured more and got better app support. But Windows Phone? Hell no.

58. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

App support on BlackBerry 10 is being taken care of via the Amazon deal. And with the 10.3 update, the new hardware and update to the Android runtime will make BB10 devices all the more better. I agree with you about WP, though. I, for one, need to see a much better handling of multitasking in WP.

64. sgodsell

Posts: 7030; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

BlackBerry can use Android apps. In fact you can get Amazon's app store on BlackBerry. Not to mention side load Google's play store apps.

74. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Nokia & Microsoft learn the power of android the hard way. I think bb need to be realistic to challenge android. The problem with bb is Google/android is not standing still, bb trying to catch up, but the end result were the gap between bb and android is getting far. It would be best for bb to do what xiaomi does. Selling android phone with a skin, bb skin in this regards. Amazon app store is not an answer for bb (the company), it means that bb will lost the revenue from the apps. it means that bb will lose control of the apps ecosystem. In the long run, it will hurt bb more.

82. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're such an !diot. You don't even know well enough to understand the agreement between BlackBerry and Amazon. Or you are just taking this opportunity to troll BlackBerry as usual. BlackBerry is not trying to "catch up" to Google. They are not even attempting to directly compete with anyone in the CONSUMER space. John Chen just wants to sell enough phones to his BlackBerry faithful and perhaps woo back some of those that left the BlackBerry fold. The Amazon deal IS the answer for BlackBerry, and had a ignorant troll like understood the terms of the deal, you would not be making such a comment. BlackBerry and Amazon are each getting a cut from this deal. No revenue lost for BlackBerry. And this frees up even more cash for BlackBerry so they can focus on what they do better than ANYONE in the industry, which is ENTERPRISE and enterprise apps. I don't know why you can't get it through that thick skull of yours, but BlackBerry's focus is in enterprise, apps and all. They've gotten someone else to do the heavy lifting on the consumer side. That's called SMART BUSINESS. You wouldn't know anything about that. And everyone DOES NOT need to do Android. That would make this industry a boring one, indeed. CHOICE is what's needed. Go back under your rock, TROLL.

73. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

@LiveItUp.. No you DON'T, you DON'T like underdog. if you do like underdog, you will use linux with AMD CPU, not cheering some crappy Windows.

83. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

He's talking about the underdog in MOBILE. LEARN TO COMPREHEND what someone is referring to.

23. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

For sure. MS didn't even bother updating IE in Windows Mobile from version 4, until the iphone caught it with its pants down. That version came out in 1998 and was useless for any web site. Their OS mirrored WIndows as well, clunky, unstable due to using a registry - stuff like charging or phone rings would cease to work without a full reset.

35. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

To bad Nokia didn't see Steve Elop as a threat lol

75. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

AGREE. Steven Elop is the real reason nokia sold to microsoft.

45. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

MS has a history of making mistakes, underestimating in the mobile area. Ballmer basically laughed at the iPhone...

56. UglyFrank

Posts: 2191; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Nokia continuing with their outdated candy bars was their downfall

2. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Lol this is hilarious. Now I know to never downplay anything, no matter how dumb. Guys, Tizen could be awesome!

32. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

It's really a lesson now for those who doubt MS, and its WP efforts... Boy how fast the tables can turn... It seems now that MS has learned it's lesson, but have trolls learned anything?... I doubt it, because that would take perspective, and maturity..

36. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

WP is amazing but Microsoft is too slow, and I doubt that WP is anything more than a side project going by how they often they update it, and when they do, how many things they break. For example, it took MS 1.5 years to get out the WP8.1 update and then they did, they removed a couple of things, one of which was the Music hub, now they leave the users with the disastrous XBOX Music app. 1.5 years to worsen the music experience. On the other hand, Google moved really quickly with Android, if you check out how often they released updates and what they included in those updates, you'd be surprised.

43. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yeah, you know zero about WP. Not trying to be rude, but you haven't a clue what's going on with the platform.

48. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

haa, I zero too and blind too,,, i can't see whats happening ,,, is that ? or nothing happening at all

49. kach22

Posts: 153; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Boy!!! You're one angry fan of WP. It must be you are hurt badly by the wp bashing and as a result of deprivation of some basic and user friendly features that your wp phone still do not offer.

50. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

That's the most ignorant response I have gotten here, and this is PhoneArena. Instead of being a smartass, why not tell me where I went wrong?

61. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

MS is screwed whether they want to believe it or not. They literally were mocking the iPhone and Android long before either of them became successful and ate MS's cake. Even now, MS's claim to fame in the mobile arena is the money they make from droid. They are always 2-3 years too late in realizing a trend and then try to muscle their way in. But this time they aren't competing with weak underdogs but the best of the best in tech. They mocked iPhones and iPads and then got destroyed by Apple, to such a point at that that now they want to copy Apple's model. Google was laughed at by all but they are newer than our favorite tech dinos and they have an open mind about everything. They are dominating everything they touch and likely will continue to. Every feature on WP is at least 1 year behind the competition and they competition is far ahead on features in most ways. Now Apple and Google are hitting the final MS cash cow, Office. So we see the same story repeating, MS making fun of Apple's offerings and Google isn't even on their radar. I expect 2 years from now that MS will be once again fighting an uphill battle on that front too. Then the only thing left will be Xbox, which still hasn't turned a profit I think.

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