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Wait, What?! Nokia CEO Hints Interest in Going Android in 2013

Steven Blum
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Nokia has battled against Android with their Windows phones for years now, but the relationship between Nokia and Microsoft has been strained as of late–especially surprising considering the Finnish company previous pledge to commit to the OS as their "primary smartphone strategy."

In an interview with El Pais, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop was asked whether the company had entirely ruled out launching an Android smartphone in 2013. Elop's words amounted to "never say never":

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.

While never fully saying that the company would chose Android, Nokia's CEO nevertheless leaves a question mark hanging over the company's future choice of OS.

This could be a way of striking back at Microsoft for taking them for granted. Who knows why Microsoft decided to show off HTC hardware at the launch of Windows Phone 8 this Fall, but it doubtless left Nokia feeling bruised.

Of course, one could just read this as a bunch of corporate infighting rather than a hint that Nokia is switching teams. But for fans of Nokia, this is certainly good news. I love the Nokia N9 and think the company makes beautiful phones. I would welcome an Android with Nokia style and a PureView camera. But I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch.

Would you buy a Nokia Android device?

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  • Danmark Callahan Jan 8, 2013 Link

    ABSOLUTELY, NOKIA WAS MY VERY FIRST, WOULD LOVE TO HAVE IT WITH ANDROID
    LOVE IT, LOVE IT

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  • Tom Harder Jan 8, 2013 Link

    I would definitely consider it. My first few phones were Nokias and I loved them. They were indestructable. Granted this was before the days of smartphones, but Nokia has maintained their hardware quality.

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    Maldor Jan 8, 2013 Link

    Has the world turned upside down for this?
    oh yes it has. I'm all for this

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  • Jay chew Jan 8, 2013 Link

    don't give about ubuntu phone. my bet is on nokia going with ubuntu phone os this time =)

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  • Jay chew Jan 8, 2013 Link

    don't forget* about

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  • Schott Michael Jan 8, 2013 Link

    please for android please please! i never had nokia but nokia ftw

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  • Glostermeteor Jan 8, 2013 Link

    Nokia was incredibly stupid to dump Symbian, they had the market lead both in hardware and software innovation they were the first to produce a proper smartphone, and despite Apple's egotistic thinking that they invented everything thats cool, Symbian also pioneered the concept of running apps on phones and having an 'app store'. When Nokia dumped Symbian thats when they lost me as a customer after 10 loyal years and switched to Samsung. The problem now is how do Nokia differentiate themselves if they did go down the Android route?

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  • James Robinson Jan 9, 2013 Link

    I would love to see a Nokia Android phone.

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  • Marcel Viola Jan 9, 2013 Link

    I'd like to have a Nokia Android! I had Nokia phones for 12 years and they always were perfect. Remember the N95..what a great phone for its time. Nokia would have offline Maps, great cam and great hardware.

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  • Guy Devos Jan 9, 2013 Link

    I love Nokia's hardware. They are very well built. But I hate Windows. So yeah, I would welcome this move. A high end Android Lumina would be really cool.

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  • CJ Brown Jan 9, 2013 Link

    Its not just the manufacturer of the Android Smart Phone, its the device themselves (& whether or not the manufacturer is paying attention to what their competitors are offering - you hear that HTC?) as well as entering the "No Contract" market vs. being an "Exclusive" only to certain Carriers (something even Sprint is realizing consumers want "no contract" now) ....

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