The day Nokia’s Device & Services being bought by Microsoft was announced, there were reports on Finnish press that Nokia was planning Android phone, and that was part of the decision Microsoft jumped in.
Now New York Times is claiming the same. Lets remember that Nokia had the possibility in 2014 to jump out of Windows Phone deal with Microsoft. Neither is it hard to imaging Nokia wanting to do that, as Windows Phone had in no way brought the results Nokia wanted. New York Times contribution to this is that Nokia had been planning “Android Lumia” well before any discussion about sales were opened with Microsoft. Meaning very early 2013 or somewhere in 2012. Nokia insider said that the process of getting Android running on Lumias wasn’t much of a task. I don’t know how easy PureView would have been, but rest of the Lumias had much of the standard hardware across the Android platform.
Nokia reached a deal with Microsoft in 2011 to use Windows Phone on its smartphones, but Nokia had an option to exit that partnership at the end of 2014. Unraveling that deal would have been painful for both parties. It would have been devastating to Microsoft’s mobile phone efforts since Nokia accounts for more than 80 percent of the Windows Phone handsets sold. For Nokia, changing such an important ingredient in its products would have been a costly setback too.
But then, is this really a shocking news? While the company rarely says it to keep the situation stable, there’s always a plan B. Maybe the more important question is, would it had made any difference? Nokia was not in a shape to transition to Android in a force, without losing some of its part and keep starving even longer. At worst destroying Nokia in total. While the current situation at least gave birth to a healthy Nokia, that’s market value is once again close to what it was in 2011.
Source: New York Times