Nokia CEO hints at tablets in their future, Android isn’t ruled out

February 4, 2013

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There has been a lot of talk and hope regarding Nokia coming over to the dark side we all know and love as Android. Or is it the good side? Sadly they went the Windows Phone route and so far have absolutely no plans on jumping ship and building an Android smartphones. While we've seen little leaks suggesting the possibility, a recent interview with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has up hoping again.

The thought of Nokia building Windows Phone smartphones and an Android tablet sure are far-fetched, but during a recent interview with some Australian reporters he didn't rule out the idea. While chatting with a few folks Nokia's CEO declared that the company is certainly looking at and considering a tablet. While his original words were all about Microsoft's Windows OS and the Surface tablet, when asked about which OS the tablet would run Android wasn't ruled out.

“We would consider any option... It is important to note that the opportunity for companionship is something that any user is looking for. So when you think about the Lumia 920, running on Windows Phone, having a Windows tablet or PC or Xbox is something that will give us the opportunity to have a pretty integrated experience. Our first focus on what we look at is clearly in the Microsoft side. But we have made no decision or announced nothing.”

Clearly stating the Microsoft side is the first focus, but they've not made any decisions or ruled out other possibilities. That's when you take a second look at Android. Being an ever growing and competitive market a top quality Nokia Android tablet would surely shake things up.

Most likely we won't be seeing any tablets from Nokia any time soon. And even if we do, it's highly doubtful that they'll be running Android. If things don't improve in the Windows world we could see Nokia dipping into the green waters eventually. For now, don't get your hopes up. Thoughts?

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  • Ulf Hansen

    Going Android now would mean giving in to the Open Handset Alliance – and I don’t think they’re ready to do that. But I think it’s too late for Nokia anyway. They’re dying a slow death, overwhelmed by a competition that’s light years ahead of them and is still just hurdling forward at an incredible rate.

    In my oppinion Nokia has been too slow to react and too stubborn to realize that Android is what the majority of people wants and that the glory of the past won’t just come again all by itself.
    A typical “rich-kid behaviour” that get’s you nowhere fast. It obviously didn’t help allying themselves with another likewise company that’s dying slowly too either.
    I think it smells like just another example on how the potential of Open Source once again has been underestimated by the “big and established”.

    That said, I do hope that they’ll manage to survive somehow. Competition is healthy for the global markets, but I just don’t see how they’re going to pull it off anymore.

    • Liaw Kim Poh

      in my opinion it will not be late for them to join Android this year. One thing for Android is you can easily move from one brand to another. Today you are using Samsung Android smartphone, but you are free to jump to other droids when you buy a new Android smartphone. Unlike when you are using iPhone, it will be harder to move to other platform unless you give up your iPhone app

  • Seppo

    The original newspaper clip says the following:

    Pressed about whether Nokia would opt to go with Windows or Android,
    he appeared to side with Windows before an attending public relations
    executive reminded him to add that no decisions had yet been made.
    “We would consider any option [Android or Windows] … It is important to note …