Nokia may currently be all-in on Windows Phone for its mobile business, and various rumors even point to a possible Windows RT-based tablet coming from Finland. And while Nokia is certainly still loyal to Microsoft’s operating systems at the moment, there are at least small signs that a change could be in the works.
Quoted by Gizmodo en Espanol, Stephen Elop (Nokia’s current CEO) had the following to say regarding the possibilities of a Nokia phone running Android:
Elop: In the current ecosystem wars we are using Windows Phone as our weapon. But we are always thinking about what’s coming next, what will be the role of HTML 5, Android… HTML5 could make the platform itself—being Android, Windows Phone or any other—irrelevant in the future, but it’s still too soon [to tell]. Today we are committed and satisfied with Microsoft, but anything is possible.
Not necessarily surprising, because eventually Nokia will have to find a suitable replacement that is financially viable if it hopes to stay relevant. While Windows Phone is definitely nice in various ways, the market has simply not responded well to Microsoft’s latest attempt at capturing the mobile space. Nokia, easily being the most dependent on Microsoft’s OS, is particularly vulnerable if Windows Phone continues to struggle.
However, a Lumia-like device running Android could be incredibly interesting. Will it happen this year? That seems unlikely, though crazier things have happened. If Nokia feels that leaving Microsoft’s ship is the best path financially, they have a fiduciary responsibility to do so as it would be in the best interest of their stock holders. There is, of course, also the potential for Nokia to move to some other OS – Ubuntu, for example, which has yet to present any device or manufacturer. Having Nokia as a partner could certainly help boost Ubuntu’s prospects in the market.