Is Nokia going Android or Windows Phone 7?
If the recently leaked memo of Nokia CEO Stephen Elop shows some tell-tale signs of platform shifts for Nokia, they might just jump and take on other mobile OSes. The two most likely targets are Windows Phone 7 and Android.
Nokia’s Symbian is losing grounds in almost all levels — even the 2-year old Google Android has surpassed their shipment numbers in 2010.
So, in order for Nokia to compete more aggressively, it has to let go of Symbian’s monopoly over their handsets. Meego will not cut it (too late already).
Nokia could go and use Windows Phone 7 with its high-end phones. Makes sense considering Elop came from Microsoft before becoming top gun at Nokia. If he didn’t consider WP7, it could be a huge slap in the face of his former company. Problem though is that WP7 has very high hardware requirements so only very limited Nokia handsets will be able to carry it.
Android might be the most practical choice for Nokia as it can handle mid-range to high-end handset models. Android’s large collection of apps will be a huge boost as well. However, that might kill Nokia’s Ovi efforts and the millions of dollars they’ve invested into it.
That doesn’t mean Nokia has to bury Symbian altogether. The popular Series 40 platform can still be used for entry-level and feature-phones.
The more logical move would be for Nokia to use all possible OSes into the mix — Symbian, Android and WP7 — as it still retains the same corporate strategy of offering every type of phone for every kind of person.
So, which one do you think Nokia will go for? Android or Windows Phone 7?