I read an article on Android Authority titled Not even Android can save Nokia . I don’t quite agree with the title in all respects,

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I read an article on Android Authority titled Not even Android can save Nokia . I don’t quite agree with the title in all respects, I think that it is true in some respects.

You see, when Nokia announced that they were going to switch from Symbian to Windows Phone as their primary operating system, like many other long-time fans, I was somehow let down.

As at that time, Nokia had just released the fantastic Meego-based N9 with it’s poly- carbonate super sexy form. Even though the N9 heralded a new design change, Nokia basically killed it on arrival with the announcement that they did not plan to really push the device globally.

The AndroidAuthority.com article sums up how, maybe just how, things would have played out had Nokia taken the green road instead of the big blue path.

2012 has arrived and the Nokia has arrived with a quad core processor; packing an 8MP Carl Zeiss lens. Nokia also announced the Nokia Android Pureview – a 41MP, quad core beast that neither Samsung nor HTC has even come close to creating. Nokia Android users gain a whole world of access to apps via the Google Play Store. At that point, Elop has turned the company from the red into piles and piles of green cash. Nokia also holds the title as the manufacturer with the most mobile devices shipped with Samsung at a close second. Nokia continues to pressure HTC to continue bundling Beats Audio headphones with their devices as it launches their new Nokia Android XpressMusic range.

And also the following quote addresses the reason that Nokia gave for not going the Android route, which was that they would struggle to differentiate.

Would Nokia have successfully differentiated themselves from the other phones in the segment – absolutely! Their superior hardware would shine and would put them way ahead of HTC, and possibly enable them to fight Samsung head on.

That hasn’t happened, and going Android now would be too late.

That would be spreading the fire.

What do you think? Do you think that it would have been better if Nokia had chosen Android instead of Windows Phone?

38 comments

  1. Mr Mobility, there’s a little error in the 2nd and 3rd paragraph.

    “You see, when Nokia announced that they were going to switch from Symbian to Windows Phone as their primary operating system, like many other long-time fans, I was somehow let down.

    As at that time, Nokia had just released the fantastic Meego-based N9 with it’s poly- carbonate super sexy form”

    Actually, Nokia announced the proposed switch to WP7 in February 2011. At the time, there was no word about the N9. The N9 was only announced several months later [June 2011].

    I believe Nokia should have chosen Meego or Android over WP7. In my opinion, WP7 is too restrictive [like iOS] and I have no intention to buy any WP7 device.

    I believe if Nokia had stuck to Meego and continued to develop it [and with increased emphasis], it would have been a bigger game player than WP7 today.

  2. I hate to say this but I kinda agree. Selling Android would be easy to the customers, the only issue would be negotiations with the US operators.

  3. Had Nokia Chosen Android, they wouldn’t have been in this mess. they make good hardware and would have been competing favourably with Samsung. Even though joining the Android platform now is pretty late but it will surely turn their fortunes around

  4. I think playing with WP7 was a fantasy idea from Nokia; they never really meant business. Android would have taken Nokia to the top of the pack, right along a green-lined path.

  5. I believe the nokia-windows phone partnership was the most reasonable for Nokia at the time. How would they have differentiated thier android devices from the pack? – probably load it with some custom nokia UI thereby bugging down the alreay laggy OS and intensify android’s greatest nightmare – fragmentation! What hardware would they have come up with that HTC and samsung donnt already have? a six core CPU??? A pureview androd device wouldnt have helped much either – i mean, the blackberry bold 5 can shoot 3d but has that increased its sales? Most wont buy a phone just because of a great camera. There is practically no way nokia wouldnt have turned out to be just another android device thus offering nothing new or spectacular to grab user attention or a considerable market share. WP is a total break out from the norm with an imersive, fast, sleek and breathtaking UI(IMO). WP redefined the way users interact with their phones and the way they consume info with live tiles and the metro design language – you need to use one to have that feel. WP was the perfect bet – IOS couldnt have pulled that off even if it was licensed. Presently, the alliance is proving to pay off with WP taking over market share from the iphone in china, a massive user satisfaction, Nokia Lumia 900 selling out in the US (and still selling), a bevy of high qaulity apps in the market place (though still not close as google play or appworld in terms of numbers)and belive me you, most popular apps are now on the WP platform. The partnership have yet to deliver its business value though, but as things are, there are reasons to be optimistic.

  6. Each time i think about the situation Nokia has found itself, i remember the platitude, ‘.pride goes before the fall’

    What the h… IS wrong with Nokia adopting Android as we speak? .Brand differentiation, my foot!

    Would I buy a typical Nokia phone running Android? I know i would. And so would hordes of the fast_depleting Nokia/Symbian fans left in the lurch.

    Unless Nokia signed an exclusivity deal with Microsoft on Windowsphone, Nokia probably has nothing to lose by jumping on the Android train now.

    It is clear software sells the hardware. Android is selling. Nokia is good with hardware. Nokia can adopt Android and see if anyone would have a reason not to buy.!

    They can then concentrate on giving us the superb hardware for which we know them….

    But first, Elop needs to be fired! Now!

  7. For Nokia to survive it needs to do away with Elop. He is a disaster. I don’t know why he killed Symbian. N9 running meego is a superb device but that line has been thrown out also. Nokia is. Sorry was a big company. There is nothing wrong In having android, symbian, meego and windows. Let d consumers decide what they want. Well, it is never too late to turn around.

  8. It is not too late for Nokia to go Android. They would still fare better switching to Android now than staying with WP operating system. Adopting WP was a terrible mistake (was it really a mistake), but itis not too late to backtrack. I for one would definitely buy Nokia running Android, but I would not buy Nokia running WP OS in its present form (both operating system and market).

  9. Android was clearly the way but pride or probably the Elop effect didn’t make Nokia realise this. Maybe when they totally go bankrupt, then Microsoft will buy Nokia. But they fact is the best Android maker will be number one smartphone maker at least for the main time.

  10. Nokia could not have gone wrong if it went the Android route. But as Nokia has sold its soul to Microsoft (courtesty of the Microsoft “bailout”), they are locked into Windows Phone. I don’t care how people rave about it, going to Windows Marketplace to look for apps is akin to going to a supermarket with hardly anything on the shelves. People who complain about Blackberry App World should try Windows Marketplace.

    I often think the word “fragmentation” is used to mean “choice”. I don’t see what the problem is. I can’t imagine a better combination than Nokia Maps on an Android phone – Nokia Maps, in my opinion, trump Google Maps.

    The basic problem most people have is that they like Nokia phones but not the Windows Phone OS. What has been Nokia’s loss is now obviously Samsung’s gain.

  11. Intro: open handset alliance.
    The OHA was established on 5
    November 2007, led by Google with 34 members including
    mobile handset makers, application developers, some mobile carriers and chip makers.[3]Android, the flagship software of the
    alliance, is based on an open
    source license and competes
    against mobile platforms from Apple, Microsoft, Nokia (Symbian), HP (formerly Palm), Research In Motion, and Samsung Electronics (bada).

    From the above, i hope i’ve settled d mata abt nokia joining the android train. Its neva gonna happen. Android was formed to compete with oda OSs. Mainly nokia symbian and iphone.
    Truly Elop is a s.o.b. He should have pushed the meego os or possibly transformed the symbian os lyk xp was transformed to 7.
    Anyways, i love nokia, android and ios. Windows mobile 7, i hope to try soon. Bt my new phone is gonna be d nokia 603. Nokia 4 lyf.

  12. Most people here are misinformed. Do some research people. As much as I love android, the only android maker doing well at the moment is Samsung. Take it or leave it. Htc was doing well but fell over the past year. Htc one x looks like dragging them back up but samsung galaxy s3 has come to take its market share. Motorola, sony and some others are struggling despite using android and having compelling hardware. Lg is struggling too. And I believe nokia would have struggled with android too. Its best bet was doing something different and standing out. Thats why windows phone was a logical choice whether it turns out successful or not. Nokia cannot beat samsung hardware wise. Samsung has been building momentum and is the bigger manufacturer. if iphones ran on android, the galaxy range of phones would have eaten up their market share easily. What is keeping apple in the game is that uniqueness.
    By the way, I dont think ovi map trumps google map. In nigeria, maybe but in other countries, no. Google map is far more complete, more intuitive and more functional

  13. @ Efe, regarding Google Maps versus Nokia Maps, my opinion is based on the part of Nigeria where I live.

    I don’t know about where you are but where I live the only thing on Google Maps that helps is the satellite image; even then chunks of the area is fuzzed out. The road names are awful and incorrectly placed, if the roads are mapped at all. My map reading skills go beyond the digital, so there are probably things I would notice on a map that you may not.

  14. Samsung, sony, moto, htc… These manufacturers are enough 4 andriod na, abeg oo, if i had enough dough, lumia 800 would be my choice over even sam. sg s3. Do not look at d limitations, look at the wide possibilities

  15. They could have simply gone the Samsung way. Get involved in all the OS, Samsung is doing that and it is working from them.

  16. A couple of months back, the Pureview may have been my ultimate choice for a smartphone upgrade. But now? I have an epic contention battle between the Galaxy S III, HTC one X and the yet to be released iPhone 5!

  17. (
    From the above, i hope i’ve settled d mata abt nokia joining the android train. Its neva gonna happen
    )
    Never say never! And you settled nothing!

    @habeeb, you may want to read http://is.gd/w5b9ir
    Google actually asked Nokia to join the Android train…

  18. Where I live, google maps is far more detailed. Even buildings and hostels are named. You wouldnt find them on nokia map. The only reason I would pick nokia map over is that google map is yet to offer turn-by-turn notification to nigeria

  19. Funny, I’m glad Nokia didn’t go d Android route bt WP7??? Like Spacey said its too restrictive (any device that lacks a memory card slot gets a red card from me)

    Anyway, would have bin pleased if Nokia built up Meego.

  20. Let’s learn a lil from Sony. They were initially making phones for both androids and wp7. Then from the beginning of 2012, they stopped the production of WP7 devices to focus only on androids. Their CEO in an interview with CNN late last year said there was no point investing in an OS (at a time) the consumers are not buying. Nokia should have signed the Microsoft agreement in such a way that they will be open to both OSs. Later they can decide which one to concentrate on.

  21. @belushi – if I’m correct, LG have decided the same as Sony regarding phones for Windows Phone and Android.

  22. We all know Nokia went for WP7 becos Elop is from Microsoft. Microsoft is gaining from these union more than Nokia.

    If Elop wasn’t in charge, Nokia would have kept Symbian and Meego and added Android to the Mix.

    Nokia certainly would have differentiated it self more with Android and would certainly be enjoying what Samsung is enjoying now.

    Am eager to see how this turns out, I hope WP8 will be a better upgrade.

  23. “Every platform has one dominant player with the rest dancing on the fringes”- Mr Mobility

    That sums this debate up nicely. For android, its samsung! Nokia will dance on the fringes like the rest if it chooses android. Htc One X was selling well……until samsung galaxy s3 was announced. Samsung galaxy s3 has taken the shine away from one x along with a nice amount of market share. Sony xperia S “was” a compelling device. Was is a strange word to use because that phone is just a few months old. What happened then? Htx one x and later samsung galaxy s3. Nokia did the logical thing by going to wp7.

  24. (
    “Every platform has one dominant player with the rest dancing on the fringes”- Mr Mobility
    . That sums this debate up nicely
    )

    Really? Is there a rule book that says there can not be MORE than one dominant player? Obviously not.

    (
    For android, its samsung! Nokia will dance on the fringes like the rest if it chooses android.
    )

    Now- i wonder where the logic is in that assertion?

    We know Nokia is (at least) as good as Samsung in hardware innovation. Assuming they both run the same OS, how can you arrive at that conclusion?

    I think Samsung should thank its star that Nokia did/has not chosen Android as (one of) its platform (s)..

  25. There is no rule book that says we cant have more than one dominant player but experience made Mr Mobility to make that claim. History tells us how true it is. You think sony devices arent compelling? You think Lg, htc and motorola are sleeping?

  26. (+++
    You think sony devices arent compelling? You think Lg, htc and motorola are sleeping?
    +++)

    @Efe, no they are not compelling ENOUGH (like Samsung’s).

    Otherwise, they would sell like Samsung’s..

  27. If am correct, Nokia was the leader in Symbian phone and Samsung was alive and making Symbians too. Am sure Samsung is happy that Nokia didnt go for Android

  28. WINDOWS PHONE IS THE FUTURE… FREE THINGS NEVER GET YOU FAR. LOOK AT LINUX FOR EXAMPLE. AS FOR MEMORY CARD AND BLUETOOTH, ITS LIKE LOOKING FOR CLUTCH IN AN AUTOMATIC CAR… AM GLAD NOKIA DID NOT GO FOR ANDRIOD. ITS ALL A MATTER OF CHOICE

  29. Name the unprecedented things. We still have one dominant player across all platforms. Some mentioned samsung making symbian phones, so what? Samsung was dancing on the fringes so much so that most people will struggle to name one samsumg symbian phone.

    Lg, Htc, Sony, motorola make very compelling devices. Problem is, samsung is the dominant player. Motorola currently has the phone with the best battery life. xperia s has the best pixel density and camera. Htc one x is quad core with a far better build quality than galaxy s3. These manufacturers have better phones than nokia but samsung dominates. If iphone was android, it would dance on the fringes

  30. (
    Lg, Htc, Sony, motorola make very compelling devices. Problem is, samsung is the dominant player
    )

    iam sorry, but i cannot follow your logic here. Maybe because there is NONE!

    Why does Samsung dominate? Answer that one.
    Is it because they make MORE compelling products? You did not say that.

    Is it because there can only be one dominant player (according to YOUR theory, borrowed from MrMobilityTheorem

    Nokia dominated for years. They slipped on account of software / app ecosystem. If they become a part of that Androidian Ecosystem, u think they will not make a big mark?

    Pretend that I am a Kindergarten Student and push this idea of yours in a language I can understand.

    (Remember to apply some logical LOGIC)

  31. @efe:

    …Motorola currently has the phone with the best battery life. xperia s has the best pixel density and camera. Htc one x is quad core with a far better build quality than galaxy s3….

    You might have a point about the one dominant manufacturer in every platform but how long have most of the phone models you mentioned stayed in the market to suddenly overturn Samsung’s dominance in the Android platform that has spanned over a year now.

    The SGS III you mentioned is not even in the market yet and all we have is rumoured orders. You also forget that Samsung’s dominance is greatly helped by their proliferation and saturation of the market with phones of almost every form factor and price range, something that Nokia are very good at in their S60 and Symbian era. Are you so sure that Samsung could have easily wrestled most of the Nokia Symbian fans from the grips of my Nokia if they had done the right on time by going the Android way. Do you think that Eye.Bee.Kay who is now nursing the idea of picking an Android device will prefer plasticky phones over Nokia’s solid feel?

    Maybe Samsung would still have remained a strong player in the Android platform, but Nokia certainly would not have been a loser either.

  32. differentiation kor… I for one am tired of sanding,been using them for over 6yrs & they seem to have one hardware problem now and then,therefore, if nokia had a reasonably priced droid I would have gone for it cos their hardware can be trusted that’s why no matter how cheap an lg phone might be buying the phone isn’t for me because of the mistrust of their durability. as for sony ericson,they make awesome reasonably priced phones (even much more than samsung) but they kill themselves with poor customer service hence poor distribution because sellers are afraid of losing on faulty phones (went round Benin and saw only Se xperia s,not even a Java in sight)

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