There's been a bit of controversy surrounding Stephen Elop's reported comments from an interview published in Spanish by El Pais last week, with us among many sites that said Elop had said “anything is possible” with regard to Nokia potentially switching allegiances from Windows Phone to Android.
In all fairness, though, Nokia has delivered what it says is a more accurate translation of Elop's remarks that are in effect a far cry from what we originally reported.
Neowin has published an updated story on the matter, and says Nokia has provided a more accurate translation of Elop's words:
“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.”
Here's what we originally reported Elop to have said, the key differences come at the end: “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… Today we are committed and satisfied with Microsoft, but anything is possible.”
In truth, reporting someone else's translation of comments in another language leaves room for misinterpretation, and in this case we were taken in by what appears now to be an inaccurate portrayal of what Elop was getting at.
Based on this updated version of his words, it's not much of a story at all, but having spread the word falsely yesterday, it's only fair that we put matters right today.
(Thanks to elope for first pointing this out in the comments on yesterday's story!)