Stephen Elop on an Android Nokia: 'anything is possible'

Stephen Elop on an Android Nokia: 'anything is possible'Nokia has been on the slide for a while now, but many still believe CEO Stephen Elop's decision to ally with Windows Phone and not Android two years ago is the biggest reason for the company's current woes.

And if that applies to you, there's every chance Elop's latest comments will get your blood boiling all over again: he's just suggested that Nokia could still decide to switch to Android after all.

Speaking to Spain's El Pais (translated), Elop reckons Nokia is constantly evaluating its options for the future, and that “anything is possible”.

“In the current ecosystem wars we are using Windows Phone as our weapon,” Elop is reported as saying. “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.”

The problem for Elop is that any decision to abandon Windows Phone anytime soon would be interpreted as an admission that the idea was a mistake in the first place, and only went ahead because of Elop's personal history with Microsoft and financial “incentives” dished out by his former paymasters.

It's debatable whether Nokia could still make a success of things with Android anyway, even if it were able to make a clean break from Windows Phone immediately.

The Android ecosystem is way more competitive than it was two years ago, plus the dominance of Samsung is currently sucking profits away from even the strongest of rivals, never mind a newcomer to the platform looking to build a name.

One thing you can be certain of, though: if Nokia does at some point decide to abandon the Windows Phone experiment, expect a certain Mr S Elop to be following it out the door fairly quickly.

Via BGR

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matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 7, 2013 at 20:41

A high spec Nokia Android device would probably sell well, as long as they priced it sensibly. If would be a truly well built Android phone from a manufacturer who have marketing for their phones in every phone shop window. An Android (preferably stock 4.2) Lumia 920 would be a very attractive proposition indeed.

Pondlife  Jan. 7, 2013 at 20:52

920 is a bit underpowered for an android flahship isn't it, not to mention overlarge (for the screen size especially) and too heavy.
Looking at the price of it they wouldn't price an android version sensibly either, probably make it exclusive to Asda mobile or something anyway.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 7, 2013 at 20:54

920 is a bit underpowered for an android flahship isn't it, not to mention overlarge (for the screen size especially) and too heavy.
Looking at the price of it they wouldn't price an android version sensibly either, probably make it exclusive to Asda mobile or something anyway.

True, true, true, true, true...I think that covers all your points ;).

mightyforest  Jan. 7, 2013 at 21:04

920 runs wp8 great, your right you need twice the power to run android as its no way near as fluent.

Pondlife  Jan. 7, 2013 at 21:12

My right to do what? Fluent in what? As google translate can handle languages quite well.

The os runs fine on single core intel processor it's just high end games and apps and other things wp doesn't need to worry about that tax android a bit....

satchef1  Jan. 7, 2013 at 22:59

TBH, even on my Note 2 I wouldn't say UI performance is flawless. Certainly no better (and, if anything, slightly worse) than the Lumia 710 I had before. Home screen transitions are just fine, but now that I have a lot of apps, the app drawer transition regularly has problems (as do some individual apps, though the same thing happens on every platform). Opening applications could be a little slow on the 710 sometimes, but the UI never missed a beat.

As for the news story, other than directly referencing Android, it's the same thing that's been said for the past few years - Nokia is looking at what will be the next 'big thing', as well as what could be the 'big thing' today.

Pondlife  Jan. 7, 2013 at 23:21

Well the UI was very basic and low resolution (it's quicker to build a tower with Duplo than Lego) and maybe if there had been a lot of apps on wp7....

Even saying anything is possible is a back track though as Elop has been saying there is no other option until now.
If wp8 was selling (and they'd surely be screaming from the rooftops if it was) I don't think he'd be saying anything like that unless he's misquoted or mistranslated.

Pondlife  Jan. 7, 2013 at 23:38

Anyway I think many would say the decision to go with Elop as CEO is the biggest reason for their woes...

Pondlife  Jan. 8, 2013 at 01:16

Feels odd without Jan posting in an Elop thread..

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 8, 2013 at 06:58

It's impossible to misquote Elop, pondlife. He could always mean anything or nothing.

Pondlife  Jan. 8, 2013 at 07:49

Read elsewhere that in the interview he was still talking up sales of wp8 but said they couldn't talk numbers.
Nokia takes so long to actually do anything though even if they did dump him today and make android 920 we'd likely see nothing til November...

elope  Jan. 8, 2013 at 10:13

Not a chance! And if you don't believe me:

Update: Nokia has reached out to Neowin and provided the actual transcript of Elop's message and it is a bit different that what was previously reported. Here is what Nokia says Elop actually stated:

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 thatevolve? 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.

Address : http://www.neowin.net/news/nokia-ceo-anything-is-possible-when-asked-about-android-support

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 8, 2013 at 10:46

Good find. That is indeed a completely different statement.
Thanks

kalyal  Jan. 8, 2013 at 11:11

I wonder why people take meanings of statement what they like. If Samsung, HTC and others are making Android & WP, same can be possible for Nokia. It makes sense to use both plateforms for fetching more market share of Smartphone. There is no resriction from Software providor to stick with one plateform and abandon other.

Pondlife  Jan. 8, 2013 at 12:19

Not completely different in that he's still allowed more wriggle room than before, even in what Nokia want to admit to.

They've not even launched the 920 in spain yet. €669 when they do, that sounds pretty painful to me. Even more when the interviewer compares it to the €299 n4 (admittedly finding those is tricky, mind you as I just said the 920 isn't there yet either)

And he does stick to the old songsheet with "It's hard to know when it will occur, but we are very pleased with the progress" and
"but our skills in photography and software show that we have a privileged relationship with Microsoft."
on talk of a MS smartphone
"Nokia has invested billions of euros in capabilities that are not available to anyone else, including Microsoft. No matter who comes into the market, we can differentiate ourselves."
When queried as to how well they are differentiated from similar looking htc phones though he says that shop staff can point out advantages in a minute, but given as Jan pointed out recently the staff aren't interested in learning products I think they are stuffed there too.

Pondlife  Jan. 8, 2013 at 12:52

I wonder why people take meanings of statement what they like. If Samsung, HTC and others are making Android & WP, same can be possible for Nokia. It makes sense to use both platforms for fetching more market share of Smartphone. There is no restriction from Software provider to stick with one platform and abandon other.

Well the others haven't received money from MS so there could be such a restriction in this case, beyond the ego of Elop which seems to be a big enough obstacle anyway..

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 8, 2013 at 13:03

I wonder why people take meanings of statement what they like. If Samsung, HTC and others are making Android & WP, same can be possible for Nokia. It makes sense to use both platforms for fetching more market share of Smartphone. There is no restriction from Software provider to stick with one platform and abandon other.

Well the others haven't received money from MS so there could be such a restriction in this case, beyond the ego of Elop which seems to be a big enough obstacle anyway..


True... the situations aren't comparable. Could've been, but then: Eloip is ex-Microsoft. Not ex-Google ;)

mightyforest  Jan. 8, 2013 at 15:57

phew that sounds better, please dont spoil the lumias with poor OS :)

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