What if Nokia had chosen Android instead of Windows Phone? Here's what some Lumias could have looked like

What if Nokia had chosen Android instead of Windows Phone? Here's what some Lumias could have looked like
It was February 2011 when Nokia announced that it had chosen Microsoft’s Windows Phone as its main smartphone platform. Nokia (and Symbian) fans were stunned, and most of the world was also pretty surprised to hear about the deal. Of course, Nokia was at a point where it definitely needed to change something in its smartphone strategy, because Android and iOS were both making Symbian feel outdated, unwanted, and ultimately ignored by consumers. MeeGo wasn't seen as a viable option for the future, either.

There’s a BBC interview (from February 2011) with Stephen Elop - then Nokia’s CEO - and Steve Ballmer - ex Microsoft CEO - in which Elop admits that Nokia “spent time with colleagues at Google” to explore the Android ecosystem, while also checking out what Windows Phone had to offer. However, it did not choose Android - because, by doing that, it would have had difficulties “differentiating within that ecosystem” (at least according to Stephen Elop).

So Nokia put its hopes in Windows Phone, saying that, together with Microsoft, it would create smartphones that can stand out from the crowd. 

But what if Nokia had chosen Android, and not Microsoft’s OS? Did you ever wonder what the Lumia line would have looked like in that case? We’ve taken the liberty of changing some important Nokia Lumia models a bit, re-imagining them with Android on-board, and we're presenting them below.  

Of course, assuming that Nokia had really chosen Android as its new smartphone OS in 2011, its Lumia devices would have probably had different designs. So what we’re doing with this article is more like looking at a parallel universe, rather than trying to guess what would have really happened to Nokia had it walked the Android path. Even so, take a look at our Androidified Nokia Lumias and let us know what you think about them.

P.S.: In reality, Nokia did release Android smartphones: the ill-fated Nokia X models from earlier this year. However, these aren't true Android handsets, running a forked version of the OS that's been customized with Microsoft features and services.

P.S. 2: Nokia is no longer involved in the phone making business, as Microsoft bought its devices and services unit in April.

reference: BBC



1. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

looks like really bad editing

13. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

No. 930 with Lollipop... That had to happen.

72. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 264; Member since: May 15, 2013

Agreed x100

79. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Dude.....that 930 oh my god..... It's a glory phone.

114. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Nokia 930 with Android 5.0. :3

14. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

No. 930 with Lollipop... That must have been happen.

46. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

To me it looks like Android homescreen that we have seen before on other Android devices, not sure its bad editing.

111. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

No...but I see bad trolling by Microsoft fanboys. You guys gonna' have to start playing with yourselves instead of technology once Microsoft pulls a Windows Mobile on you again. 3% marketshare with no favorable gains and the loss of the iconic Nokia name and build...good luck...it's like getting laid at the morgue...it's no fun unless it's a warm body... It's all good though...at least with Android you can run a code and an emulator then you can run XP or Vista on your phones...get ready, son...

115. Friend42

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

I actually really like the look of that Lumia 1520. I would buy it if it were running KitKat

2. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

It could of drive their SALES upwards. If Eloped hadn't sold Nokia hardware division

20. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Yeah. I would have said going with WP was "not a bad decision" if Nokia name had stayed. But now it feels like pathetic move which killed Nokia.

40. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Whether Nokia sales is good or not is depend how good for their home country is. It's hopeless as Europeans currently still worshipping American icrap, lack of responsibility to support domestic brand. This is how Asian oems rising, unlike them, we have responsibility to motivate domestic brand and push them forward Many reasons why Nokia falling, but the core reason isn't Elop, but European's attitude as consumers giving Elop opportunities to invade Nokia. After the fall of Siemens, European never learn the lesson, and now Nokia, smh

49. funtikar

Posts: 25; Member since: May 05, 2012

are you the real Huga Barra? lol

100. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Remember China is one of the huge market for apple.

104. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

When I was in Finland last year all I saw was Nokia phones.

105. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

It is the patriotism towards iCraps, Americans buy it like read apples and also the fanboyism. If real productivity is seen iCraps would be no where. Xiaomi and Huawei would rule the world.

117. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

True this. Nokia could be #1 or #2 in the Android field and would not have had to sell themselves to Microsoft.

3. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

dat icon!!!!

4. diehardnokian

Posts: 148; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

awkwardly good looking they are..!

5. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

They would have been worst off than HTC. They made the right choice of selling to Microsoft. If Black Berry is smart, they should sell to a potential buyer too.

16. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

A lot of eloppy idiots are still in here

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

or just tards that have no grasp of history and know that even 2 years before elop joined, Nokia's grasp was slipping and the review of their software was crap at the time. Not to mention there wasn't a single competitive phone shown to Elop and his group of 12 individuals + the board, for a working meego phone product. The idea that Elop acted alone, and that Nokia didn't shoot themselves in the foot is not new. Hell there are hundreds of articles online talking about the fall of Nokia BEFORE Elop took over.

23. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Fine fine.. Nokia was in trouble before Elop and they had to make a serious decision. Either go with WP or Android or go with both at the same time. Then Elop came whose loyalty lies with Microsoft and sold Nokia to Microsoft. And this decision killed Nokia off from mobile business. Yeah the King has fallen. Elop striked them in the perfect time making it sounds like it is the(going with WP) right and only change choice they had. In my opinion going with a dead platform(WP was kinda dead before Nokia entered the game) is the same as fighting in the crowded platform(which is Android). And I believe if LG and Sony could achieve some profit from Android Nokia would also definitely be profitable.

31. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"And I believe if LG and Sony could achieve some profit from Android Nokia would also definitely be profitable." Exactly!! Even with HTC on a roller coaster ride for profits and market share in Android land, they are still HTC, still surviving as HTC. Even Motorola was still surviving as Motorola. Nokia is on the verge of becoming Palm...which is now mostly know for patents, but just barely known.

41. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

You are assuming that Nokia is a step above LG and Sony. I think they are not even close with their super heavy bricks and huge camera humps. Don't pretend like you are some kind of genius market analyst. Chances are, they would have continued their spiral no matter what and their best option was to let Microsoft try and salvage it, which is only feasible because MS has the $$$$$$$. So Elop was going to either bet on the fickle IOS and Android consumer or the safe bet of MS's limitless pocket book. Really hard choice there......not. And yes this is coming from a marketing major. There is zero proof, unless you consider your fanboy wishful thinking as proof, that Nokia would do better than LG and Sony if they went with Android.

50. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

You are assuming Nokia a step below than LG and Sony. They are great, look what they did to WP. If WP has grown anything it's Nokia who did it with their preview cameras and build quality etc. Many tried WP because of Nokia. And I'm not a genius I talk as an open minded consume who loves tech. I'm not a fanboy as you mentioned. If someone who express their opinion against a particular company is fanboy?? Lol really nice logic. The only sensible reason Nokia gone with WP is Microsoft paying Nokia Millions of dollars of cash( which is a great trick by Microsoft and a really important move to save WP) other than that WP wouldn't have brought more fortune to Nokia than Android.

57. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Other than Microsoft paying Nokia more cash than they would ever make on Android, Nokia would have been better off with Android? What did I just read...lol Ah...fanboy logic.

60. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Yeah I'm a fan of technology. I use a Lumia and not planning to switch anytime soon. And your are deep fan of MS huh??? Back to the point,) What I said is Nokia went with Microsoft because of MS money not what your so called hero Mr.Elop stated which is "differentiating within that ecosystem” ".

61. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

So...you dont really care about the Nokia name, legacy....just hopeful that some Nokia hardware makers are still making phones... All because MS had the money. Ok. Also a pretty big assumption that they would make lil money with Android. I will see if I feel the same way if Motorola's name is erased from its products. For now tho, I dont understand some of these so called Nokia fans. Or is it Microsoft fans, if so that makes more sense. Ask Meego, Palm, WebOS fans about this feeling.

87. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I am not making assumptions like let's be honest is here. You guys sound like the blackberry finds that insisted bb10 would complete the blackberry comeback. Nokia didn't make money on symbian, they didn't make money on windows phone, they didn't make money on windows RT, they didn't make money on Meego, heck they didn't even make money on forked Android...so how am I making a big assumption that they wouldn't light up Android? I am just taking a baseline stance that they won't vary or veer towards high levels of success and remain where they are so the onus isn't on me to provide evidence that they stay where they are, that's just where they have always been. The onus is on you, the people that assume Nokia would trounce all Android OEMs if they went with Android, to provide evidence. The only evidence we have is some of letsbehonest Nokia buddies ditching Nokia because of Windows phone. Which would be good evidence if and only if he can provide numbers that would make a difference and I highly doubt he has millions of friends saying this. Probably like 5 at most. And only if these millions specifically say they would buy Nokia again if it ran Android instead of wp. I am not making any assumption at all, you guys are. Right now they ARE below Sony (unless you count the vaio sale restructuring that out them into the red this year)and LG in sales, those are facts, not assumptions. I don't have to prove this would change if Nokia went Android.

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