Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 22:17 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Nokia board chairman Risto Siilasmaa went on a Finnish television show, and stated that while he is confident in Windows Phone 8, the company does have a back-up plan if it doesn't work out. Speculation aplenty - what is this backup plan? The answer's pretty easy, if you ask me.
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Android is temporary
by kingmouf on Wed 4th Jul 2012 12:40 UTC
kingmouf
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I dont believe that Nokia can claim much success on Android. However Android is the middle step, in my point of view.

What Nokia has lost is credibility. When they embraced WP, they did one huge mistake: they abandoned everything else, not silently but quite vocally. They were making a lot of money on Symbian phones and suddenly they said that the platform is a dead end and fired so many people. Why would anyone go and buy a dead platform? They released the N9, *after* they said that they stopped Meego. However everyone liked it (I have never seen so many positive feedback on a product that is known to be dead).

And they invested to something unproven and without marketshare. Now MS announces that it wont upgrade WP7.x phones to WP8 and Nokia is facing so many financial problems that people are simply asking: why stick with Nokia?

If Nokia goes down, then they have nothing.

Android is something that is way beyond Nokia, has so much support and a huge ecosystem out there.

Nokia may not make money by releasing an Android handset, however for a consumer that likes Nokia devices (and still they do have a good reputation) is a safer harbor. Because he knows that even if Nokia dies, his phone can be supported, he will be able to find new apps, he will be able to do whatever.

So using Android as a safe harbor to regain sales (not profits maybe) and market credibility, I think Nokia can go back to its roots in R&D and work on a solution of its own.

I think Meego is the key. Make it elegant, make it fast and give it the proper hardware (like the N9). Use the open source communities and above all craft a strategy to be able to run other OSes software. I dont believe it is that difficult to make it run Android software and on the other hand (without being an app developer), I believe that there is a significant advantage to Nokia now that HTML5 is becoming a more widespread way to develop mobile apps. I believe that it wont be that difficult to run HTML5 applications on a different OS!

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