It has been reported in the news media that Nokia’s CEO, Steve Elop, has stated that his company is open to possibilities beyond Windows Phone. This is in contrast to his usual uncompromising statements about Nokia’s smartphone future being tied to Windows Phone or nothing. Here is a quote that I obtained from PhoneArena:
In the current ecosystem wars we are using Windows Phone as our weapon. But we are always thinking about what’s coming next, what will be the role of HTML 5, Android… HTML5 could make the platform itself—being Android, Windows Phone or any other—irrelevant in the future, but it’s still too soon [to tell]. Today we are committed and satisfied with Microsoft, but anything is possible.
An acquaintance asked yesterday, “How is Microsoft supposed to feel now?”
Who cares? Yes; that’s my answer: Who cares how Microsoft feels?
Remember how Microsoft had wooed Nokia over to Windows Phone and placed them on a pedestal as their champion and special partner for Windows Phone, but when Windows Phone 8 would be launched it was HTC’s devices that got the spotlight? I have always believed that two can play any game. Everyone is responsible to act in their own best interests, and if Nokia wants to shed the garb of Windows Phone exclusivity, who is to blame them?
I know that there are always behind-the-scene intrigues to these things. That is the more reason why no one should really care what the two partners do with one another. At the end of the day, all I really care about are great mobile devices, services and apps. All the scheming and plotting that goes on between companies are side attractions and generally good entertainment for me.
Meanwhile, what alternatives are Nokia looking at? Android? Sailfish? HTML5? A mixture? I don’t like the guessing game. When they are done looking and have made a decision, I’ll be here to savour the news.
In the meantime, I would love to see this NokiaSoft plot develop more twists and turns though. The new year has a penchant for being dry and slow. I could do with some really good entertainment while the year warms up.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.