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Should Nokia switch to Android?

0. phoneArena posted on 24 Jan 2013, 10:18

Hooray, Nokia is profitable again! After a long and painful internal transitional period, the ex-largest cell phone manufacturer has finally swung back to profitability during the beloved holiday season (Q4). Understandably, the profit isn't that big - it's $585 million, but at least it's a start...

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posted on 24 Jan 2013, 18:36 2

171. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

''Why do people dislike and hate you, no one likes you on PhoneArena, you had a go with mescal, the TROLL, and so many others,''

lmao because i come on here to make friends lol no i dont. and drop the bs your ''Troll' so stop hiding

so try to make a comment that isnt immature bs kid

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 18:53

177. GENERAL-BAKSHE (Posts: 28; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)

Anyway chaoticrazor you're smart, figured it out...!
How is you bro?

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 18:59 1

181. papss (unregistered)

Lol always being sneaky

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 19:05 1

184. GENERAL-BAKSHE (Posts: 28; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)

Hey PA PSS.... Don't take it personally me calling sayingthose names, hope you didn't mind...?

Look chaotic razor is here..

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 19:18 1

190. papss (unregistered)

No worries, from you it's all good fun, I don't mind

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 19:33 1

193. GENERAL-BAKSHE (Posts: 28; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)

Cool says the TROLL

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 23:38 1

218. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4322; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

TROLL, haven't you learned your lesson yet?? This is your 3rd account i've seen since i've been here...and the other two has been banned (not hard to figure that out). How many email accounts are you going to make? I'm sure you're running out of names... I'm wondering what your next id will be, troll.doubletroll@....com?

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 11:22 1

39. No_Nonsense (unregistered)

Perhaps yes, perhaps no. The house built MeeGo was a great alternative to symbian and should have been their focus instead of WP and they should have adopted Symbian for low range devices. Still they are doing a fine job by adopting only WP and I'll see what they do after the deal ends this year or early next year. Food for thought right here:http://interestingthingsworldwide.blogspot.in/2012/06/nokia-and-its-operating-system-dilemma.html

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 11:46 1

54. lsguntu (Posts: 67; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)

Xperia Z and ZL are superb phones with Andorid and lets see the sales.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 14:55 3

105. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

is it that simple to just replace OS or a whole engineering team who work one one technology has to shift to other it is certianly not possible to start at this time and then everyone will say nokia maps/music/drive for android and it is not easy porting them to android it takes much more then simple wish

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 18:16 2

150. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Google has Google Maps....and Google Music. Why assume Nokia would even be allowed to port that over and compete directly with Google?

That also says to me...I dont think there will ever be a Nokia Android phone. They have their own apps that compete directly with Google.

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 02:28

229. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

well their should be no android nokia. diverting from one OS will become a mess of everything

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 05:54 1

247. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Yea....on this I agree. I dont see it happening unless Nokia was in absolute trouble.

They are not right now....so its all wishful thinking by some ppl.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 16:07 1

118. Veigald (Posts: 290; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)

For God's sake no. Enough laggy unstable junk out there already, Nokia is the perfect flag bearer for smoothness and beauty.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 18:30

165. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

I think Nokia is afraid of Apple if they ever switched over to Android. Microsoft has no problem with being Apple's B, so they are safe from harm.

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 11:41

259. Dinged (Posts: 37; Member since: 12 Jan 2012)

There is an absolute niche in the smartphone market for Nokia with android. As of now, Apple is the only phone with great euro design (considered by many) - hipster feel without feeling cheap. By design, I mean a look that is capable of communicating a "lifestyle" different than others - similar to automotive. A design that can spark an emotional response from buyers based on looks alone, not tech specs.

If you compare brands, the asian brands all have a similar look and style (LG, Samsung, HTC, Sony) with smooth curves and often polycarbonate materials; the asian brands communicate practical, value, safe, boring even. On the other hand, USA Motorola phones look square with sharp edges and a more industrial look; they look like they're from the Matrix communicating nerdy, bomb proof, masculinity. In contrast Nokia is the only other manufacturer besides Apple that makes phones that are designed with the same "hipster/euro" like design as apple products; the design communicates hip, fun, easy.

As for the engineering and integration part of the equation that people keep mentioning in the comments...that's the easy part since all phone manufacturers have proven that they can hire engineers and put out a functioning phone together with great hardware specs. It's a lot harder to create a culture in a company that can integrate great art/aesthetic design and technical engineering together since most manufacturers focus on margins/costs instead of aesthetics(subjective since it can't be measured in metrics against profit). You have a bunch of engineers and business men making decisions, but no artists or designers with great "taste" that resonate with the masses.

In asian culture, artists/designers aren't valued as highly as a career as in other parts of the world; hence, why most asian firms don't create product with great design. (for those who think I'm racist, I'm asian and asian parents don't typically want their kids to be "artists" think "lawyers, doctors, engineers" FYI). A company in a culture that doesn't value design isn't going to pay the salaries for great designers nor will they want to deal with design obstacles in manufacturing.

If Nokia offers a pure android experience (since they're custom software solutions haven't been proven successfully), they'd have a great product that typical iphone buyers would flock to based on pure aesthetics alone. That's a win with consumers as we see "aesthetic design" in product to be increasingly more important to consumers.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 10:27 15

2. Samsomesh (Posts: 195; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)

Android(best OS, personalization and apps) + Nokia(best hardware, camera and maps)= A definite Win... What else we need..

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 10:43 12

15. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

and best part of all Nokia can use their own UI and fonts like symbian belle

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 10:54 1

21. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)

I absolutely agree, I have a 900 and the hardware is incredible. Add on Androids intuitive features and gorgeous UI plus Nokias innovation and support and you have a grandslam of a smartphone.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 11:13 7

35. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

@Samsomesh Android isn't close to the best OS. Id put it in 3rd place. Its too faulty, laggy and crashes far too much. Im no fan of Apple but ios even makes Android look dumb. Of course you can also look at Verizons sales and realize the majority of their subscribers are switching to Apple. Hopefully WP8 can steal some of Apple's thunder.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 11:25 6

42. eDiesel (Posts: 142; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)

Yea like 3 years ago. Jellybean on my nexus 4 blows itrash away.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 11:28 3

46. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

Heh.. tell that to all the disgruntled GS3 users.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 14:04 3

95. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)

I bet you never use or even see the s3 then.. it was smooth & fast back then when it with ics.. now my s3 is flying after the jelly bean 4.1.2 update ( plus tons of new features from galaxy note 2 )

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 15:06 2

107. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

Oh God with dual or quad core u brag about its smothness kill ur self other OS are much more smoth with less hardware needed android is just too Over rated hardware requirment are B-S why does only Os needs dual core to run let go the Games and android is crapy OS which needs more to produce far less

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 15:29 3

112. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)

who the hell talking about how many cores you have?? i'm talking about my phone never had any force close and it's smooth and fast... it's not like what @ruckus said.. plenty wp fag here..

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 02:35

232. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

i was refering to the part of Smothness in ur comment the true story behind the SGS3 smoth performance is not so bright to be happy about its work around for android flaws not a solution of it. crash/freezes is normal you dont get it but many does. besides wp users havent faced it as high as android

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 16:14 2

119. Veigald (Posts: 290; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)

There's one reason and one reason only that Android became big; there weren't really any competitors, since Symbian, Blackberry and Windows Mobile didn't try to copy iOS at that time.
Android was an iOS rip-off to begin with, offered free of charge to OEM's, so anyone buying a cheap, laggy, unstable phone could tell themselves they almost had an iPhone.

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 00:58

223. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4322; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Veigald...that's not a good thing to say.
Same to you Troll...i mean General :P
Every OS has the right to exist. I'm a Windows follower having an affair with Android...and i don't support your views.

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 02:30

230. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

lOl u made android look for baggers

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 13:37

261. Dinged (Posts: 37; Member since: 12 Jan 2012)

Ripoff? Who cares? They all ripoff one another including Apple. Apple ripped off Xerox with a windowed/icon interface for its desktop OS and then ripped off grid-like icon application launching from Palm.

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