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Could Nokia flip-flop to Android?

After the announcement of 10,000 global job cuts sent shares of Finnish phonemaker Nokia Oyj.'s (HEX:NOK1V) stock into a deeper tailspin, the executive ranks were rustled and a new chairman -- Risto Siilasmaa -- was installed.

Speaking with, a Finnish news site, the new chairman said that Symbian is, for all intents and purposes dead.  He comments, "Symbian’s market share has come down close to zero."

That makes it all the stranger that Nokia is launching one of its most high end handsets -- the PureView -- with the now effectively end-of-life Symbian Belle.

Nokia, which has seen modest success with its distinctive Lumia 900 LTE handset, is hopeful that Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) upcoming Windows Phone 8 wil further drive its receovery.  Mr. Siilasmaa says he expects the new OS to be a hit.  

But in a surprising comment, he also remarked that Nokia had a "contingency plan" should his company's Windows Phone offerings flop.  That admission comes despite partner Microsoft paying royally to prop up the embattled phonemaker.

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The big question is what that "contingency plan" is.  Seemingly the only possibility would be to jump onboard the Android ship.  But with Nokia's weak U.S. market penetration the big question is whether that option is even feasible.

Source: YLE

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Good for them:
By Manch on 7/2/2012 9:25:35 AM , Rating: 0
I think Win 8 will be successful for them. I dont know if they have to remain exclusive to WP7/8 but if they put out an android phone, I wouldnt brush it off. I think they could make a compelling device. Having a back up plan is a good idea. Dont want to end up like RIM...

RE: Good for them:
By kleinma on 7/2/2012 9:59:27 AM , Rating: 5
The backup plan is to let MS buy them.

RE: Good for them:
By Manch on 7/2/2012 10:11:59 AM , Rating: 5
Ha! I think that's RIM's plan too!

That would be awesome for me. A BB keyboard on WP8! I hate touch screen typing!

RE: Good for them:
By kleinma on 7/2/2012 10:25:49 AM , Rating: 2
I think RIMs plan is to bend over and take it from anyone who is willing to give it. With the cash MS has already poured into Nokia, they might actually be able to buy them using already designated funds as their down payment. Buying RIM would probably be a bad choice since the company is a mess. So is Nokia, but at least they have already gotten the jump on windows phone and put out a product. I could see some patents from RIM being bought by MS and encorporated into Nokia handsets if that scenario were to play out.

Serisouly though I have no idea what Nokia could consider as a contigency plan except for android. There is not anything else on the market that would stand a chance right now outside of the iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. Android is horribly saturated though and it would be hard to dent market leader Samsung there, and now with Motorola being google, that is probably going to get even more difficult of a market to shine in. Then of course there was the head of smart phones at Nokia who said using android is like peeing in your snowsuit to stay warm. You can some immediate relief, but then it is all miserable from there, and you are in a worse place than when you started.

RE: Good for them:
By zephyrprime on 7/2/2012 12:16:25 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, Rim is one of the earliest smartphone makers so they could have a lot of valuable patents.

RE: Good for them:
By sigmatau on 7/2/2012 1:08:13 PM , Rating: 2
Have you used a Windows Phone with a touch keyboard? I think it's infinitely better than a BB with a small horrible physical keyboard. You can switch to landscape and have a larger keyboard than any physical one from BB.

Android keyboards are not even close. iOS is close.

RE: Good for them:
By Manch on 7/2/2012 4:50:05 PM , Rating: 2
I have a nokia lumia 800 and for a touch screen kb its not bad. Better than most, but slight handicap w/my hand; loss of fine motor control and twitches makes it hard to use.

RE: Good for them:
By Netscorer on 7/2/2012 1:54:51 PM , Rating: 2
I would not be so sure to predict that Windows 8 will be successful for Nokia and for Microsoft in general. After all the marketing campaign and loads of money poured in by Microsoft in Windows 7 Mobile, they were unable to make even a dent in Google/Apple dominance. The market share actually went slightly down as people were replacing their previous innumerous MS handsets with brand new Androids and iPhones. Windows 8 RT will be just a small evolutionary step and not a laptop replacement. We are talking years until full-blown Windows 8 will be available on a handheld devices that compete in cost, size, performance and battery life with other mobile OS.
We also tend to forget that people buy not necessary an OS but an ecosystem, provided by Apple and Google respectively around their OS. I don't see Microsoft successfully competing with these heavyweights in providing complete customer experience, be it location-based services, entertainment or other niches of mobile micro-culture.
Call me a sceptic, but I will not give MS any benefit of the doubt until they prove they can penetrate this market. They are capable, obviously with huge cash stockpiles and they have previous examples of similar success in Gaming consoles with Xbox 360, but this time they are not competing with dimwitted Sony but with two of the most successful companies of the current generation in Google and Apple (and I don't even mention other heavyweights in Amazon and Samsung) who would, no doubt like to have their own stories to write.

RE: Good for them:
By arazok on 7/2/2012 4:02:08 PM , Rating: 1
That’s because Win 7 phones stink. I'm not sure you can say the same about Win 8 phones. I'm thinking these will be my next phone once my BB is up for replacement.

And MS in many ways has the best eco-system of them all. They obviously have Windows. A new XBox due out next year. Home servers (which I think they are dropping the ball on), tablets, and great media centers. I use them all, and it's a great experience. I can watch any movie or view photos in any room of my house.

And next year, I'll be able to pull out my Slate OR Win8 phone, and go over photos with my family on the couch, or watch home videos. Or fire up the Xbox 720 and surf the internet on my TV while using use the Win 8 phone to navigate and scroll pages.

Nobody else has that.

Microsoft just needs an i-Tunes to make it easy for the average joe to pay their hard earned money for content they could get for free if they knew better. ;)

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