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?