For those who think BlackBerry or Nokia should switch to Android, here's why it is a bad idea

For those who think BlackBerry or Nokia should switch to Android, here's why it is a bad idea
Every once in a while, we hear from those who think that Nokia or BlackBerry should drop their current operating systems and use Android as a replacement. On the surface, it would seem to make sense. Android, after all, is the top smartphone OS globally. With Windows Phone 8 and the new BlackBerry 10 platforms struggling, why not go with the leader?

First of all, we need to remove Nokia and Windows Phone from this equation. Nokia has found a niche with the camera on its high-end Lumia models, and is marketing it for all its worth. Additionally, the company is doing well in emerging markets where the low-end Nokia Lumia 520 has been selling like hotcakes. It is possible that Nokia has turned a corner here and with the GDR2/Amber update spreading the use of the Nokia Pro Camera app to other models besides the Nokia Lumia 925 and Nokia Lumia 1020, we could see the Finnish handset manufacturer carry Windows Phone on its back. By this time next year, we could be talking about the big three instead of just iOS and Android.

That leaves BlackBerry. The problem if the Canadian OEM switches to Google's open source OS is the same problem that afflicts HTC, Sony, Motorola and other Android handset manufacturers. The platform is dominated by one company, Samsung. The Korean based company was responsible for nearly 95% of the profits earned by selling Android flavored smartphones in the first quarter. LG took 2.5% of the profits while the remaining 2.7% was split by HTC, Motorola, Sony and others. Think about a group of stranded castaways on an island splitting a single pea left in a can. That is what profitability is like for those remaining Android manufacturers. Should BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins stop shipping a device with a proprietary OS and instead battle with a fork for a share of that one pea?

The bottom line is that Nokia's best move is to continue to try to exploit the smartphone photography niche that is has been focusing on. While there will be more challengers coming with the Sony i1 Honami and the improved snapper expected on the next iteration of the Apple iPhone, Nokia can continue to make its name synonymous with low-light photography. For BlackBerry, the only answer is to sell off the manufacturing part of the company and either keep its enterprise services or sell that off too. This is a decision that the company's board is apparently grappling over.


source:  ZTE via BerryReview

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108 Comments

1. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

so basically your saying because Samsung sells the crap out of Android, no-one else should try and sell an Android device? there is a flaw here...

3. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

If Google wanted they could deny Samsung all of their android licenses. Samsung does not own android they just develop bloatware and do good advertising.

12. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Legally how could they? It's open source, as long as they adhere to Google's TOS, there is no legal reason that would allow them to that. If they wanted Samsung could take android and fork it similar to how Amazon did with the Kindle, but in doing so they'd lose access to Google's services and the Playstore, which is what happened with Acer earlier this year.

15. LordDavon

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

I was just going to tell them that there isn't an Android License. The Google Services license can be pulled, which would mean that Samsung would have to host its own store, maps, etc. Not really sure that it would be that damaging, as Samsung already has many services of their own, which could be used in their place. Besides, Amazon seems to be doing well without Google Services, and is rumored to be releasing a phone soon.

19. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

The same way they did to MS with the youtube app... Make something up, put it in the TOS. Then Ding samsung for it.

65. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Nice try, the TOS you are referring to was in place long before WP, during the WinMo6.5 days. What I said was based on facts, try and see if you can do the same.

76. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not with open source software like Android. Anyone, and I mean anyone, can modify, fork, distribute Android or use it stock.

91. Topcat488

Posts: 1419; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

What is Nokia gonna say when Samsung become the best seller for M$... I mean even as of today, Sammy make more tablets for WP. Sammy is king of all the OS's except ios.

104. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

What you're saying is just conjecture at this point - Lenovo is best seller for W8/W7 and Nokia for WP8. It'll probably remain that way for some time.

42. 007james

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 03, 2013

Don't ever go full...

52. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

"If Google wanted..." Exactly the reason why you have reasonable guys running large corporates. People like Page, Brin, and other leaders don't make decisions just based on emotions and whims. The moment someone takes decision based on emotion and undermine business sense will end up nowhere. No, the thought itself is irrational. It's a mere fanboy fantasy. Just try discussing this topic with google shareholders. Check their reactions.

63. jromy

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 26, 2013

Awww dude...you're killing me! The "what if's" are what make reading the comments so good!

38. qeru8676

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

check comment no 26 for true facts and summary

66. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Gotta agree with ya. If Nokia went Android, they would still have the photography niche....with a wildly popular mobile OS. How is that a bad thing? Same thing for ppl that like BB hardware, QWERTY phones. Both Nokia and BB would get alot more exposure by going Android.

99. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Exaxctly man !!!!! What is this joke Phonearena news ?

106. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Agreed jroc74. As far as Nokia is concerned it's only a matter of time of before the other manufacturers catch up to their camera technology and by then it'll be too little too late. It's getting near that now or never time so let's what they decide and how they do it.

68. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Another thing that a see ppl do is forget that the Motorola Droid line was once wildly popular, waaay more popular than Samsung. If Samsung had been afraid to compete with Motorola in Android land we wouldnt be having this discussion right now. Seems some ppl forget when and where Android came from, who started it all: HTC and Motorola.....both OEMs were way more popular than anything Samsung had out before the Galaxy line. Samsung just outdid HTC and Motorola, thats all. Now its time for HTC, Motorola, LG, etc to step their game up. Thats all.

83. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Amen!!

73. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

another biased author strikes again.

100. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Extremely biased. I think Phonearena is paid by micro$oft (witch doesn't surprise me when you know micro$oft's history.)

80. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

No, he's implying that samsung manufactures most of its components and is therefore more profitable than other android OEM's.

81. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

It is SamsungArena after all.

88. zoom007 unregistered

Exacty! I dont think Sammy s gonna survive with that 95% share once nokia enters the market with android...Design, camera, build quality...hell lot of things matter...Lumia 520 offers the best hardware possible for such a low price...even better if it was flavoured with android. You think stupid phones like galaxy fame could compete with it? After all, we all originally loved nokia more than sammy!

89. ShenAlJoker

Posts: 113; Member since: Jul 19, 2013

samsung is ruining the android QUALITY!!!!!!!

98. Jaeel

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

No. He's saying: Samsung is selling the crap out of Android, and everyone else is also trying to sell Android devices, but we all can see it doesn't work.

2. CELLKONTECH

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

I tell u guys...y phonearena thinks that Nokia and Blackberry shouldn't move to android.its because PHONEARENA is a big fan of APPLE and the ios and iphones..because of being frm the same country USA..if nokia and blackberry moves for android..then all the smartphone's in this world will be running android os which means apple will be in loss.USA will be in loss to as it is big company.so in a way Phonearena will be in loss

21. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Those are some nice, racist, uneducated remarks there buddy. Question: what country do you think Android is from? Take your time.

22. Dastrix unregistered

Ahem.. How's that racist? o.o

24. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

+1 for you.

27. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Citing no evidence at all he claims that PA supports Apple based solely on the fact that they're a US company, and they don't want to see a US company do poorly. Sorry, maybe "nationalist" would've worked better than "racist," but his claims remain remarkably ignorant because he thinks that the US will be at a loss if BlackBerry and Nokia switch to Google, a US company.

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