Would you buy an Android Nokia?
It’s a fun idea to entertain, but will it ever materialize? Nokia, though continuing to sell, is no longer the company that it was before. One of my early articles asked if Nokia deserved a second chance for users, and it turns out many people still believe that it can stand again with its partnership with Windows Phone – not Symbian, not MeeGo… but did it ever close its doors on Android?
Nokia chose Microsoft’s platform because of its uniqueness. With Windows Phone & Lumia, they were indeed able to stand out among the crowd with the completely different interface and design.
I wouldn’t say bad, but I’ll use the term ‘slow’. Nokia had so many chances to redeem itself – in the form of the N9, the Lumia 800, the Lumia 900 and now the Lumia 920 (include the PureView 808 if you may). Look where Nokia has gone. Finally, they’re beginning to rise with stability, but it took so much investment for it to happen. Is Nokia to blame? Partly, Microsoft is slow as well.
The problem with shifting from Android or iOS to Windows Phone is the ecosystem and its apps. Microsoft has a YouTube app that redirects you to the browser (Google barely has apps for WP, which makes it hard for shifting, while iOS is well provided with Google apps). Search the Store, and you’ll barely find the apps that you need; all that under the fact that Windows Phone has been here for a while. I might even go as far as saying BlackBerry 10 might even beat Windows Phone to it – by getting the killer apps such as Instagram earlier.
Early January, Elop opened the possibility of a Nokia Android phone with the words “anything is possible”. Later that same month however, he restates that Nokia is still committed to Windows Phone and will try to combat Androids.
“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.”
While Windows is obviously the place to look at for their tablets, Nokia hasn’t shut the door on Android as well. The company can make amazing hardware; I have no doubts about it, but even companies such as HTC, while dedicating their Windows Phone devices to Microsoft, which produces both Android and Windows Phone devices. Even Samsung has this with their Galaxy & their Ativ.
Nokia is putting all their eggs in one basket. I do personally think Nokia-Androids would sell. I see no reason why a Lumia 920 running Android won’t sell, considering the company’s hardware features innovative technology that no other company possesses. Why can’t Nokia draw another line? Do you buy the idea of uniqueness as a selling point? Or is it really possible that they can top the charts once again with only Windows Phone?