Nokia chairman says it has a contingency plan in case Windows Phone 8 fails

Nokia chairman says it has a contingency plan in case Windows Phone 8 fails
Around this time last year, Stephen Elop made it very clear Nokia was all in with Windows Phone by saying there was no Plan B. He said, “Plan B is to make sure Plan A is very successful.” Either things have changed in the last year, or Elop is not privileged enough to know about super secret Plan B.

On an appearance on a Finland-based TV show, Nokia chairman Risto Siilasmaa said that Nokia does, in fact, have a contingency plan in the event that Windows Phone 8 powered products doesn’t meet sales expectations. Siilasmaa, who has only been in position since May, went on to say that he was sure Windows Phone 8 would be a success, which is obviously a bit of a contradiction.

Unfortunately, Siilasmaa did not comment on what Plan B is, but when asked about the initial decision to switch to Windows Phone, he said, “Symbian’s market share has come down close to zero.” Based on that, we think it’s pretty safe to say Nokia is beyond the point of no return when it comes to it considering Symbian its bread and butter.

Could we ever see lines of Android powered Nokia device? We guess anything is possible in the event of a catastrophic failure of Windows Phone, but it seems that Nokia is quite committed to making Windows Phone work in the long haul.

source: YLE.fi via Neowin

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59 Comments

1. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

Plan B. Selling the company because before nokia say, no more linux OS

20. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Is it going back to symbian?

35. maverick786us

Posts: 159; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Hope they go for MeeGo

55. rodex

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Yupp.. Hope so too..

2. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

My god, i would pay massive amounts of money to have an Android powered Nokia device. Sad to see such a great company use an weaker OS (windowsjavascript:;)

11. tuminatr

Posts: 1123; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

exactly why not support both. Nokia does make good hardware

14. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

That wont happen as long as elop is there

28. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

What makes you think that Elop will be working at Nokia if W8 is a massive fail?

17. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

agree. Nokia should make an android powered phones. it's the safest move for Nokia if they really want to save their company.

32. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Android had very fewer chances as a backup, because backup should be available immideatly. I think its maemo based with QT support, afterall its like a Linux desktop in mobile or a Nokia air type concept. Either way now WP8 had far fewer chances to fail. literlaly its a windows 8 in mobile.

50. DIYguy

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 27, 2011

Umm if you don't like java why do you like android...? Android is written in java, it's a bulky stupid language and makes things slow...

53. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

i didnt add (windowsjavascript:;) to my comment. Somehow it got edited in.

3. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Please make it An android pureview!

6. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Seriously. I actually like the looks of their phones, and that camera seems AMAZING. I would gladly buy one with android and LTE.

10. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

Plan B Dump WP and Go android

56. rodex

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

they probably have a better bet with Meego instead of Android, its their own OS...

59. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

they have no outside support, app development, higher costs from doing it all themselves, and no public demand for Meego. It would be a complete flop. you guys need to let go of symbian and meego. they are dead. Plan B is simple.. its either 1 of 2 things. 1) Sell themselves to Microsoft like Moto and Google. or 2) Start building high end android phones. Come on.. who wouldnt want a pureview camera with a 4.3+inch HD screen and high end hardware? I could definitely go for that.

4. DePenguin

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

Nokia just needs to adopt android. Their hardware is beautiful enough to sell.

5. Mube1

Posts: 153; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Nokia u should make hd screens ist

7. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

WP 8 has no reason not to be a success. But, Nokia has no reason not to have a second plan in place. I have been saying for months moving to Android is always an option.

44. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

I see Android not to be an option, the market is really contended there, if someone would run Porter's 5 forces analysis, they would find Android not to be a very unattractive market. If anyone wants me to write a brief about the above, i would be happy to do that. otherwise, here is a useful link:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porter_five_forces_analysis

8. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Plan B start a developing new OS with intel based on linux and continue the n9 legacy but lets be honest here WP 8 doesn't look like it's about to fail

12. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

makes quite good sense, WP8 failing rate is quite low

15. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

like tizen OS.

22. 12Danny12

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Yea I agree wp8 is gonna be a success on becoming The third most used os in the us. I can see wp8 failure to be quite low because all the carrier support and the enterprise integration between and a of and a wp . adopting android and wp is basically fine by me. But don't count wp out yet.

23. 12Danny12

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Yea I agree wp8 is gonna be a success on becoming The third most used os in the us. I can see wp8 failure to be quite low because all the carrier support and the enterprise integration between and a pc and a wp . adopting android and wp is basically fine by me. But don't count wp out yet.

9. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

I respect windows phone, Android and even Symbian, but I adore Nokia and wish them to come back to the top. They truly have the best hardware. Please Nokia adopt Android besides WP and you will see that no one will care about Samsung, HTC, LG .. etc. I even guess that few will care about Iphone if there will be Nokia Android or WP pureview with huge screen resolution and quad -core or Hexa core. JUST DO IT, and you will see your market share will overtake all other phone's manufacturers.

27. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

I think Nokia is a great company, similar to HTC on the Android side. Not the biggest player (Samsung) but one that builds quality phones with good software and seems to care about their customers.

13. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

DROID!!! I used to be completely against this... until I actually had a few Android phones. Unless WP8 comes a long way, it still can't provide the feature rich environment that Symbian can. Android can cover almost all of those bases though, except for the clock screen saver, which I haven't been able to find a good app for. Nevertheless, Droid is the closest thing to Symbian out there. It's battery life sucks, and nobody makes a great camera for any of the Android phones, so if this was Nokia's Plan B, I would be totally cool with that.

31. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

well if Nokia goes android, they can skin the UI and boom, your screensaver clock will be there

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