Nokia open to Tablet OS options? – Windows or Android? Elop talks cheaper, smaller Lumias and BlackBerry’s new phone
In an interview with Australian Financial Review, Stephen Elop has apparently appeared open regarding the OS that would appear in Nokia’s tablet, saying:
“We would consider any option [Android or Windows] … 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.”
But that still seems like same message we’ve heard for a while. Windows Phone, metro, Windows tablet. If anyone should have a tile filled tablet, it’s Nokia.
At the end of the interview he returns to the the question of Android handsets, and it appears there’s going to be no budging for now.
On the Android side, we were very worried that we would be entering Android late relative to everyone else in the industry, that perhaps one vendor was already well on the road to being the dominant Android vendor at the expense of everyone else
If we look back two years to when we made the decisions,then Samsung was big, HTC was pretty big and Motorola was pretty big. Of course what has happened in the two years isthat Samsung has captured the lion’s share of it and the others have been squeezed down to much smaller market share. We were worried about exactly that pattern forming
Regarding the Lumia line, we should apparently expect to see cheaper Lumias, in smaller form factors.
It is the case that in the months and years ahead, you will see us broaden out the portfolio, which means pushing to lower and lower price points, in some cases smaller form factors and so forth.
Elop also discussed the new BlackBerry device and mentioned that Nokia’s R&D were biased towards things that make Nokia stand out. It’s also funny later that app wars and app numbers are mentioned.
Cheers Acura for the tip!