Updated: Will Nokia Jettison Symbian for Android? Answer Is "No"

18 thoughts on “Updated: Will Nokia Jettison Symbian for Android? Answer Is "No"”

  1. This was natural to happen. Samsung, motorola etc announced their plans of using Android earlier but Nokia is somewhat late…but I was sure that it will..Carved in stone “Companies who are not able to build their own OS or those who are able to build their own OS will use Android” with former ones it is obvious that they don’t know how to make one. With the later ones they dont want to spend time and stay behind the race.

  2. I doubt Nokia’s going to jeopardize its Symbian investments. Symbian is too established a platform in Europe/Asia. I reckon this might be a move to become friendly with US carriers, given the limited success that Nokia has seen in the US.

  3. You can be sure that Nokia are paying close attention to Android, it would be foolish not to. They will continue to push Symbian but they may well develop and release one or more models running on Android to offer choice and hedge their bets.

  4. The flagship Nokia N97 would be much better of with Android. The hardware feels better than T-Mobile G1, for a QWERTY user like me. But the OS with its slow browser and ugly email is a downer. Believe me! I am just testing it alongside with HTC Magic. Past and future in my hands. Ovi store is ridiculousl overpriced and understuffed. Worst: The app lacks a search function. Google Market is much better.

    1. Martin, by the end of the year, HTC, Samsung, Huawei, Motorola, and Sony Ericsson will all have released handsets running Android…talking 18+ handsets.

  5. This battle for the handset is analogous to what happened with Microsoft and Novell in the early ’90s. It’s really about the applications and not so much the Operating System.

    Microsoft made life easy for developers to write for their server operating system while Novell was still pushing their archaic tools for developers to write NLM (Netware Loadable Modules). Guess what, developers wrote for the MS platform. IS departments that grew up on the powerful Novell network operating system were forced to put in application servers based on Microsoft’s platform. Then why run two network operating systems? It was a slick easy sale.

    Same thing is happening here with handhelds. Apple is killing with their OS largely because developers are flocking to it and making cool apps. I don’t see the same for Nokia (or for RIM for that matter). For now the also ran’s next best choice will be Android. IMHO, right now the also rans are everybody but Apple.

    Wake up and smell the rotting Novell corpse on the floor.

  6. Symbian is not pleasant on so many levels. While part of wishes they would ditch it and admit failure, the fact is with as much market share as they currently have, it’s not gonna happen.

  7. Nokia should move to Android. The sooner the better. Look at N97. Excellent hardware but the software is so 90s. After spending so much money You would be ashamed to show it to your friends. They also need to get their heads around software update. The way they do it now is not done. 100s of different software versions of all their phones wont help. Apple is leading the industry in defining how software should be written and distributed. If Nokia refuses to learn, it will soon be a player only in third world markets. It can forget the Smartphone arena.

  8. Nokia should consider migrating to Android as a platform. The reasons:

    1. Android is open source, so Nokia could recreate their own “user experience” on top of it (much like HTC has done with the Hero & Lenovo is doing with the OPhone). Nokia could even replace Google’s services with Ovi services.

    2. Android would move Nokia smartphones to a Linux kernel, which is stable, fast, scalable & would have drivers for current & future hardware components.

    3. Android is being prep’d for smartbooks/netbooks/MIDs, so Nokia would be able to offer these products, as well.

    4. Android would allow Nokia to focus on great devices, apps & services (real revenue), while the OHA members (which Nokia could become) & the Android community share the development & support costs of the base platform.

  9. Symbian need to dump UI completely and rewrite afresh with maemo. As per symbian foundation they have a plan for it but way too long (If I remember correctly sometime 2011). They need it now to stay in the game.

  10. Nokia is not going to take a U-Turn to Antroid as they have already invested too much in Symbian Foundation.. But they must think switching to Android if they want to dominate the smartphone market . They believe in driving straight and thats not always right..

  11. Hi guys,
    Nokia is aware of the limitations and curent update requirements for symbian os/ui.
    Symbian soon will be a open source os and Nokia is also working with Intel, & u could be supprised that Nokia could come up with an Android phone.

    Iphone & Android phones are quite expensive and you have less options to choose from.

    Life is all about chioces & Nokia gives alot of that.

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