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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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RE: Backup plan
By kleinma on 7/2/2012 11:42:48 AM , Rating: 4
Why would anyone want WebOS? It might have been a decent OS 2-3 years ago, but it is so far behind the current OS leaders that it has no hope of gaining any traction again ever. What features did WebOS have that were even considered good? I put Android on my $99 touchpad first chance I got.

RE: Backup plan
By zephyrprime on 7/2/2012 12:19:02 PM , Rating: 3
The one good feature that webos had was it's card multitasking. It's kinda overrated though in my opionion since I kept on accidentally activating it by swiping up on my touchpad. Swiping up is used to activate it but guess what? Swiping up is also used to scroll up on normal apps and pages. Doh! Bad planning.

RE: Backup plan
By MadMan007 on 7/2/2012 12:42:09 PM , Rating: 3
You're not doing it right.

RE: Backup plan
By retrospooty on 7/2/2012 3:10:51 PM , Rating: 2
"The one good feature that webos had was it's card multitasking. "

That was pretty much the only one, but it was the single best experience of any phone OS ever. The good thing is Android 4.1 is getting it partially anyhow, the flick to close and miinimize will be there. Now that ANdroid 4.1 is getting that, there is nothing that WebOS has to offer.

RE: Backup plan
By kleinma on 7/2/2012 5:43:47 PM , Rating: 2
you liked that feature? That feature sucked. If I had a few apps open, I had to scroll through all of them to move around. It might have been ok when you had 2-3 apps open, but I would get into situations of having 6-7 windows open, and then having to scroll through all of them just to get to the one i wanted. Hardly intuitive. A grid of running windows coming up sized according to how many it had to show, eventually showing scroll bars if too many apps were open, and letting me click on which one I wanted to bring to focus would have been a much, much better way to do that type of thing.

RE: Backup plan
By retrospooty on 7/2/2012 6:13:35 PM , Rating: 2
Are you kidding? It was widely seena dn the best mobile phone UI ever. It was actually designed by the same guy that designed the original iPhone UI. Palm hired him away from Apple after the iPhone was released. This is his UI 2.0.

Also, press and hold and you can shrink to view all, or even stack the windows (like a hand of poker). WAY better than anything IOS, Android or windows has to offer even to this day.

RE: Backup plan
By piroroadkill on 7/3/2012 4:25:27 AM , Rating: 2
What? I've never accidentally opened the cards by swiping up when scrolling. You really have to get right to the bottom of the screen.

I like WebOS, but it needs way more love before it's ready for prime-time again - some aspects feel incredibly sluggish, even on my touchpad which has a dual core snapdragon overclocked to 1.7GHz..

RE: Backup plan
By nikon133 on 7/2/2012 7:11:50 PM , Rating: 2
I was wondering that as well. I happen to have HP WebOS tablet in my home (a promo we got from our HP dealer), but it is hardly being touched, especially after my Asus Transformer received stable ICS.

Outside of slow apps start-up (and poor selection of apps), it is OK for web browsing and quick email/Facebook check, but really hasn't got upper hand on anything Android tablet is doing.

Plus... I don't expect to see anyone achieving (and hopefully bettering) whole Apple's ecosystem integration, except for Microsoft.

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