Nokia currently partners with Microsoft and their Windows Phone 8 mobile OS, but in an interview with Gizmodo es Español the CEO said “anything is possible” when asked about launching an Android phone:
El País: Do you discard launching an Android phone next year?
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.
Nokia no longer dominates the cellphone market like it used to and now fighting for relevance, like RIM. The company signed a non-exclusive contract with Microsoft back in early 2011 to “disrupt mobile ecosystems,” which we haven’t really seen yet. Nokia’s Canadian CEO noted the Lumia 920 is turning out to be a success and sees the company one day gaining double-digit marketshare to compete with Apple and Google.
As much as we’d like Nokia to rock on, I can only imagine their unique hardware running Android to take on the iPhone. Nokia Nexus, anyone?