Nokia’s chief executive Stephen Elop have given a reason why Nokia didn’t choose Android to replace Symbian in 2010 when it decided to ditch Symbian OS from its phones and replace it with the struggling Microsoft OS for mobile, Windows Phone OS.
According to Elop, the choice he made was right and he and his team are happy to have made the choice back in 2010 and still stands by it even now.
He stated that Nokia decided not to go with Android because it seemed like and OS that would be totally dominated by one manufacturer which is what is happening now.
He stated and implied that Samsung is totally controlling Android giving other phone manufacturers little or no chance at success as evident with what HTC is facing in the android space.
In Stephen Elop’s words “I’m very happy with the decision we made,” he said.
“What we were worried about a couple of years ago was the very high risk that one hardware manufacturer could come to dominate Android. We had a suspicion of who it might be, because of the resources available, the vertical integration, and we
were respectful of the fact that we were quite late in making that decision. Many others were in that space already.”
“Now fast forward to today and examine the Android ecosystem, and there’s a lot of good devices from many different companies, but one company has essentially now become the dominant player.”
That one company is Samsung.
While some may see good number of points in Stephen’s rationale, some may see it as a bad call especially considering the fact that Nokia was already in the phone business long ago before Samsung.
Nokia is a known name amongst so many people, with trusted and quality hardware that are known to be built to last.
Should in case they completed talks with Google back in 2010 and use Android as symbian substitute they would have really gone far.
Besides, there’s a huge amount of people who don’t really like the Korean company for their copying of iPhone and consequently most westerners would have favoured Nokia as their choice for Android rather than Samsung.
The truth is, Android have really become a force in the mobile ecosystem and Nokia would have benefited strongly from it if it joined Android in 2010 when Samsung wasn’t even a force.
Nokia refraining from Android because of Samsung or because of manufacturer dominating the Android platform shouldn’t be a huge reason at all. Instead, Nokia should have challenged Samsung to the call.
Even though Samsung has a lot when it comes to manufacturing power, Nokia is also has equal amount manufacturing power combined with patents and superior hardware and name that would have set it apart from Samsung completely.
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