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Jan 8, 2013

Nokia Denies Once Again On Its Android Plans

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia is focused on building new devices running under Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, and does not plan on trying out another mobile OS out there, the company has said once again loud and clear.

Nokia’s statement follows recent speculation that its CEO Stephen Elop has hinted at a possible switch to Android in a recent interview with Spanish language website El Pais. Apparently, all rumors were actually fueled by an erroneous translation of Elop’s response to a question regarding Nokia’s plans to adopt Google’s Android operating system for future devices. “Do you rule out 100% launching a smartphone based on Android in 2013?” was the question that Nokia’s CEO had to answer to. Initially, he was said to have stated that “anything was possible” in a market in which the role of HTML5 makes the actual platform under which handsets run irrelevant. Following the first reports on the matter, however, Nokia came out with an official statement, denying any possible hint at an Android handset, and also offering the full transcript of Elop’s answer to said question.

“So, the way I think about it is, in the current war on ecosystems, we are fighting with Windows Phone. That’s what we’re doing. Now, what we’re always doing is asking, how does that evolve? What’s next? What role does HTML5 play?” he said. “What role does Android or other things play in the future? We’re looking further into the future, but it terms of what we’re bringing to market, and what we’re immediately focused on, we’re focused on Windows Phone." Nokia has been long rumored to consider Android as a second option in today’s increasingly competitive market, but the company has constantly debunked such suppositions, the same as it did with the new one. 

For the time being, the company remains committed to Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, which appears to have started to pay off lately, especially following the launch of Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 handsets with Windows Phone 8 loaded on them.

Nokia Lumia 920
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