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.

Nokia, how is Microsoft supposed to feel now?

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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.


  1. Nokia / Elop has been pigheaded all along. lots of OEMs have backup plans. They have alternatives, just in case.

    successful as Samsung is with Android. they still have Bada to fall on, and are romancing Tizen.

    Pinning all their OS hopes on Microsoft has always looked risky to me. but then,we are not privy to the kind of arrangement Nokia has with Microsoft.

    Microsoft is having challenges of their own. if they need to ditch Nokia to feather their nest, Microsoft will do that in half a heartbeat.

    This new stance of being open to alternatives should have happened like yesterday.

    Nokia is a splendid hardware manufacturer. has been for years, no contest. User interface / Xperience was the problem. Android was there, for free,all along, begging to be used. Long, long ago.

    So, what was the corporate pride about?

    I will ask again. Would I buy a Nokia running an Android,?

    Is the Pope Catholic,?

  2. This author is just as atupid to comprehend why Microsoft chose HTC as WP8 flagship. Of course MS doesn’t want other OEMs left behind and they have to support them. Last year it was Nokia. This year it’s HTC. Who knows WP9 might be Huwei or Samsung. This is done with consultation with several OEMs. Nokia will always have a special relationship with Microsoft. Your article is like gossip from entertainment tabloids.

  3. Now, the name calling is what baffles me. @crapdriod I should think that this point of yours should have been made without hauling insults. Do we have to reduce ourselves to insults? ‘Let’s be adults around the table full of adults’

  4. @EyeBeeKay
    User experience/UI is not a problem in Windows Phone. In fact, it is fantastic and the easiest to use around. Better than Android/iPhone. Well organized and fluid. Brand marketing is the only challenge as Samsung and Apple are also putting their might into it. The two leading phone makers have deeper resources, better distribution and a better position in the minds of phone buyers. But we can’t dismiss Windows Phone because all we hear are positive from buyers.

  5. Paul Putyong,

    I don’t mind the name-calling and all, but you should be man enough to put your proper identity rather than hide behind an anonymous ID like “crapdroid”.

    Welcome to MOBILITY, and do feel free to continue in the discussions 🙂

  6. Nokia has dismissed the statement. Claims they were misinterpreted.

    Here is the excerpts

    Nokia categorically denies that what Elop said implies anything different from what he has stated over and over for months now.

    “Do you rule out 100% launching a smartphone based on Android in 2013?

    Elop: So, the way I think about it is, in the current war on ecosystems, we are fighting with Windows Phone. That’s what we’re doing. Now, what we’re always doing is asking, how does that evolve? What’s next? What role does HTML5 play? What role does Android or other things play in the future? We’re looking further into the future, but it terms of what we’re bringing to market, and what we’re immediately focused on, we’re focused on Windows Phone.””

  7. Austine,

    There you go! So, what was responsible for the extra sections of the initial reports? Translation issues, bad reporting or just the fantasies of some Android fanboys on drugs? 🙂

    Time-out, guys. According to updates, what Nokia CEO said was mis-represented by the Spanish newspaper El Pais that interviewed him.

  8. If nokia choses andriod, I think they would regain some sense of acceptance once more. Iphone and Andriod is the ruling and at presence the prefered spec for devices at the moment. Most phone/device makers runs these operating systems at the moment. Then they also needs to strategize their market targets considering fast growing device consumer markets globaly.

  9. Elop don wake up, its inevitable Nokia cant continue to make only Windows phone.
    I find it hard to trust Microsoft on this deal

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