Poll: Do you think Nokia will be successful on the saturated Android market?


Remember May 18, 2016, as the day the average smartphone geek's dream became reality. Sort of.

Nokia just announced that you will be able to find its brand name on a new range of Android-powered smartphones and tablets in the near future thanks to a strategic licensing agreement with HMD global. The latter is a Finland-based company that just acquired the exclusive rights to the "Nokia" branding and intellectual property from Microsoft for the next ten years.


Of course, this is huge. Actually, it seems that an Android phone with Nokia's branding will be off to a great start. Nokia itself claims that a Nokia phone with full-fledged Android on board is one of the most desirable gadgets around, despite that you can hardly find one. 

We wish all the best to HMD global as we are rather curious to see a Nokia line of handsets running on Android, it will still have a lot to prove. The brand's popularity has never diminished, but Samsung, Apple, and all the other smartphone manufacturers will hardly welcome it with open hands as the brand's worldwide popularity is a threat. For all of them.

That said, we decided to ask you about your opinion on the topic - do you think that it will establish itself as a viable alternative to all the major players on the market?

Nokia's about to enter the Android market, do you think it will be able to compete with the major players?

Yes, absolutely!
49.58%
I am not sure yet, let me see a device first.
35.82%
No, Nokia's too little, too late...
14.6%

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67 Comments

1. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Not really sure, unless they bring some drastic change to the market that will revolutionize the industry again just like the original iPhone did, or they don't have much of a chance. The market is already too saturated.

30. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

True. A lot of manufacturers tend to get overshadowed by Samsung and Chinese phone makers in Android world. HTC, LG, Sony phones trying their best to survive and if Nokia doesn't come up with innovations, it will be the same story for them as well. Only advantage Nokia has is the brand image. Having released outstanding devices in the past (symbian and meego era) with great build quality, Nokia has a soft spot in most of the fans.

46. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Nokia did innovated even when they are running windows phone . First phone to be able to operate even when the user is wearing gloves The pure view camera Multi directional microphone Always on/ambient display (Nokia calls it glance screen) Clear black display technology one of the first to implement manual mode on a smartphone's camera one of the first to use wireless charging one of the first to use OIS in a smartphone's camera If nokia used android , it will not have to deal with microsoft/windows phone limitations , it could innovate much more

51. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Pureview camera is the best innovation they did... Symbian had 3d touch like menu options long time back, but it is a pathetic OS overall.... I would like Nokia to come back with Lumia 1020 successor and Android as an IS...

71. aho13

Posts: 97; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

back but with a brand new series not just Lumia 1030 or continuing , it is better be something from scratch , the naming will make a huge difference . and I think if they stick to the Norm ,like newest Snapdragon chip , decent Camera , 5.5 inch display , some nokia layout over android etc. they will be very competitive , the name is enough to compete .

52. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Yes but those are nearly standard now. So what will they do to make people WANT their phone. Not just "go oh nice, nokia has another phone, let me have the s8 please" Now if they fork android they could differentiate, but then they risk no gapps. Though I do find it funny they will now be paying MS patent royalties to make android instead of getting MS to pay them to make WP.

65. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

i agree 101% i want Nokia android now, right now

31. sgodsell

Posts: 7570; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

There is always room for Android devices. However with that said, Nokia has to bring or offer some things that are either unique or at a reasonable price. Nokia lost me when they sold out to Microsoft. Now if they want me, then they have to either offer what other OEMs are offering at a really great price, or make some really great hardware with the top of the line specs at a reasonable price. Oh, and the most important thing, the OS can't be a bastardized version of Android (like you did with Nokia X devices), and it has to be unlocked.

53. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

If it is unlocked they will have a tougher time with carriers

45. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

If they had gone with android in the first place they had a chance . I would totally get a 1520 running Stock android over my note 3 . The hardware and the camera is great . Even before that , if the Lumia 920 , which i still have now runs stock android i think it eat up a lot of sales of the Galaxy S3 and HTC One X

49. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

No because Nokia will produce Chinese quality devices.

61. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I want to say yes but fact of the matter is, no. Nokia phones are considered ancient by today's standards. A lot of people aren't even aware of their existance and even if they were Nokia diehards back in the day, their loyalties have since shifted. They will only have a small presence in the market.

2. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

Nokia should bring back the much loved Symbian OS. It will definitely give iOS a run for its money.

7. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Oh Jesus.... Sheep, I do hope you are just trolling, or this would be joke of the day, usually techie gets the joke of the year award so don't even think about that one.

25. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

just who didnt love Symbian? its really neat OS.. its have sub-menu under sub-menu under sub-menu under another sub-menu... and it only took 7-15 click to change brightness, and another 7-15 click to enable /disable bluetooth.. its just so amazing that I just cant live with it today

27. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 739; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Nowadays it's just one swipe away. It's either swipe from the top to the bottom to reveal these options for android. And swipe from bottom upwards to reveal the same options for iOS. Today, it's much easier to do so.

19. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Meego have a much more potential than Symbian but Elop killed it, its spiritual successor Sailfish OS also have the same potential. Nokia must disrupt the duopoly instead of joining it.

55. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Nokia killed it far before Elop, Elop stopped throwing resources into an OS that was hurting them. Though I would like to see sailfish and if it can do much to disrupt the duploy

21. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@jesus_sheep Yes, I'm also a huge fan of Symbian OS... Unfortunately, It has been killed by Nokia a long ago... Even later 'Asha' Phones ran on Series-40 instead of Symbian (Which would've made much more sense)... BTW, your iOS comment did made me 'chuckle'...! I appreciate that, lad!

26. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 739; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Why should a user go back to Symbian where there's no App Store, wifi connectivity, And even a good file explorer UI?

28. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

Please! Just run to your cave and stay there!!

58. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

ios did copy some features from Symbian... but Symbian is not an Os to love... I have Nokia 808 pureview and I can tell you that it is a pathetic OS....

63. burekbrigada

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

As much as I love Symbian this is simple impossible. Main reason why Nokia chose Windows (and eyed Android) was to get rid of 5000 programmers which had very high salaries. They made a wonderful OS, but for too much money and they were way too slow

3. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

41mpx Pureview 1' sensor and yes !

32. Kratos7

Posts: 62; Member since: May 15, 2015

Imagine if they come with 1020 successor running Android..!!

43. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

I'd prefer a 808 successor, with fast auto focus. Would be perfect !

47. ananthu07 unregistered

didn't they both have the same sensor(with different phone designs and OS)

56. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

no, different sensors actually

64. burekbrigada

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Who will change Android to allow Xenon flash (hint for 1020 MS changed Windows, for 808 no changes were needed)? Samsung or Nikon will not. People make me smile every time, without slightest idea how difficult would be to add xenon flash to any modern OS [except BB10]

66. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

if that is true then, f**k iphone, galaxies s, htc, lg, moto, sony.....

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