Nokia's CEO content with Windows Phone for now, but "anything is possible"

Nokia's CEO content with Windows Phone for now, but
Hmmm, Nokia's Stephen Elop might not be Ballmer's Trojan Horse after all, or at least that's the impression left when he answered "anything is possible", to the question if there is a chance that Nokia befriends one little green robot we know.

The interview was for the Spanish newspaper El Pais, and Nokia's CEO argued that the Lumia 920 sales are pretty encouraging, and he sees the company getting double-digit market share at some point in time, then going forward to split hairs with the Android and iOS juggernauts. If the rumored thinner metal-clad Lumia with PureView tech materializes this year, he wouldn't be far off that double-digit goal either.

Here's the full quote:

There is no doubt that a combination of Nokia's PureView cameras with Android will be a dream come true for many customers, but such a project will probably be tied up by Microsoft in so much litigation, that we just don't see it before any WP contracts with Nokia expire. Rather Elop's point was that the future developments of the HTML5 standard might make today's proprietary platforms less relevant, and in that sense take the place Android has now.

source: ElPais via Gizmodo 



1. MeoCao unregistered

Nokia, just bow to reality already. Nokia will not go anywhere w/o Android.

4. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Nokia is a kind of company which doesn't like to be dependent on others, or become slaves someone other. For this they had some exclusive deal with MS, who provided them with funds in Nokia's difficult days. Nokia managed to secure a deal in which they would participate in WP development. As a result you can see Nokia having a spectacular portfolio of apps which are alone can be a great feature to turn things around. Now if they see MS blocking their path (for example they are blocking the 7.8 update) Nokia would have to answer MS back with some threat. This is exactly what's happening here. Elop is threatening MS here, indicating that they are not dependent on MS, but the other way around. I honestly think that if WP has made progress, Nokia has a very, very major share in it. MS, you better be afraid of Nokia. An android powered 920 with Nokia's software touch can easily become a bestseller.

9. chrischau1308

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

OMG, your post made me cried Nokia, Get your A$$ back to where you were And show others who is the real king!!!! N.O.K.I.A for life!!!!!!!!!!!!

12. xtplnet

Posts: 61; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

I really don't understand why Nokia stuck only with WP-8. It’s different than others that’s good, but puts many limitations on hardware partners like Nokia and HTC (only best deal with dual core and not quad cores, only 720P resolution support not 1080P, Camera tech limitations). WP8 put all focused on the just Home Screen with Live tiles but no interactive apps like Android and IOS, no notifications!! Nokia Go with Android and you can become King Again!!

18. asseek

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

yea thats one point i hate about Microsoft, where u can find all the phones, having the same hardware specs, and the same user-interface, unlike Android where every OEM can make their own UI or use the latest hardware specs,

17. mick25

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

"Nokia is a kind of company which doesn't like to be dependent on others, or become slaves someone other." They're already a slave to Microsoft. "Nokia managed to secure a deal in which they would participate in WP development." LOL Microsoft would have taken ANYONE.

23. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

It's safe to assume that they aren't. We don't know the internals of the deal and the deal can't obviously be one sided. Nokia may have some aces up their sleeve. And excuse me, Nokia is the sole mobile phone manufacturer (besides apple) who has most talent in Software field. They developed, used s40, s60, MeeGo and were also developing Meltemi. Don't even try to doubt it. What the F other did do? Develop crappy half baked OSes like Bada? or the old school Java platforms? All are just used to take everything from google and put skins on it.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

That's why they depend and rely on MS. This Eflop ex MS employe is taking Nokia down since he took over, he sold Vertu he killed his own platform with along there one and only N series also he killed there 8800 $series, this guy and the board members should fire them right now and Finland should boycott them.....

24. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

He just did which was good for Nokia. Vertu wan't profitable already, and selling it raised some funds for Nokia. N series and others were good, awesome in their times, but the fast appearing smartphone era was all set to to take a toll on them. Nokia could have gone Android way, but past is past. Nokia is doing adequately well and I'm not concerned about any past. I just see the 'positive curve' indicating that company is accelerating. It's just a matter of time.

31. MeoCao unregistered

ROFL..., you turned things on their heads. Proud independent Nokia, MS provide funds when Nokia is in need? you sound like MS HELP Nokia, no it doesn't. In fact Nokia and MS struck the deal and MS has to pay Nokia no matter what condition Nokia is in. Independent Nokia? Just look how MS humiliated Nokia time after time. Look at SS, Sony, LG... they can fork Android at any moment. That what INDEPENDENT companies look like.

15. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

nokia +android=100% nokia+wp=100% so nokia keep the both.....

21. asseek

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Nokia + Android = HISTORY Android will make Nokia go NOWHERE, Android is a crowded market, and not everyone whould go for a Droid Nokia, maybe you, me, and few here on PA would love this happening. money won't be pouring at Nokia if they adopted Android, and this is not happening now with wp8 either, but the wp ecosystem is growing now, its a safer option.

25. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Actually, Nokia + Android will be a huge success (Provided Nokia would customize Android in their own way). But I'm more than okay with Nokia with WP. In fact, Android isn't that beautiful to be loaded in a Nokia phone.

35. MeoCao unregistered

This can be a good idea, Android does not mean Google. But frankly w/o Google ecosystem Nokia can't compete right now. Forking Android can be a good idea when Nokia returns to profitability and strong again.

26. Dastrix unregistered

I'd agree with you, but it's about time you bow to reality. Dream on, I don't think Nokia will launch an Android phone any time soon, and they do have legitimate reasons for doing so. It's the sad truth for some, friend.

2. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Nokia makes great hardware, and their new line of smartphones (Lumia 920 in particular) are on par with the very best that either Android or iOS has to offer. I'm sure the Lumia 920 or it's successor device would be popular for the Android platform, but WP8 is a big step in the right direction, and there isn't much lacking other than a more extensive library of apps (which will happen with time).

3. Kriksis

Posts: 94; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Nokia secretly developing full HD, Snapdragon powered Symbian handset to show off at MWC... P.S. still daydreaming... :D

6. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Haha I love the idea mate! Symbian belle looks really beautiful.

22. asseek

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

its a dream i also wish it comes true lol

27. Kriksis

Posts: 94; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

somebody doesn't like me dreaming...

5. rms.max

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

elop : but anything is possible. lol

7. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I'd rather see Nokia go with Jolla and be the dominant partner for that platform, but that's unlikely to happen. Otherwise I think the 920 is doing just fine with WP8, yeah i was sceptical at first and one of the biggest critics, but after playing around with a 920 unit, it really is a breath of fresh air, smooth and slick and is drop dead sexy. I just dream of the sexy 920 paired with Jolla.

33. MeoCao unregistered

Seriously I love that idea too, but I think it's too late now. An ecosystem is not easy to build, just ask MS about that. Nokia now needs something good, and cheap, and QUICK. That can only be Android.

8. digitalw

Posts: 79; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

Let see the logic here: OS based on HTML5? Could be Mozilla. Sailfish is out of a question. It's not HTML either. To develope new HTML5 based OS is expensive task now for Nokia. So.. Mozilla for me is the only "cheap" and good answare to Google and Apple.

10. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

I want new Symbian device at MWC :)

11. Shino

Posts: 196; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

"There is no doubt that a combination of Nokia's PureView cameras with Android will be a dream come true for many customers..." - Dear PA "experts". I really, really do not know what to say to you anymore. After reading this jibberish of yours, how not to assume that you were high when you had written this? Please, stop writing emails to me, but start hiring educated people(this means at least two foreign lanuages and one Master degree). Nokia, Elop, Dining never said, thought or implied directly or indirectly that they would adobt any other OS, rather than Symbian, Meego and WP. Stop studying through Google and get in line, please. :)

14. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Maybe Nokia can support Ubuntu's Mobile OS, it looks really very nice, and above all it's completely open sourced, and by the time Ubuntu is ready for prime time release, Nokia's deal with Microsoft will also be nearing it end............ Other option apart from Ubuntu, can be WebOs........

19. asseek

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

or Nokia can re-hire the Jolla team (Ex-Nokians, who made the Meego OS) which I think a better option, than going for Ubuntu or WebOS.

30. papss unregistered

Is webos even alive? Not sure that would be good either.. I had a palm pre and the biggest issue besides the junk phone was the lack of any apps.. It really was Barron

16. papss unregistered

Android wouldn't make Nokia king.. Nokia makes themselves kings by being the best. I would not want them on Android at all...jolla would make a great fit though

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