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Nokia turning to Android for new phone?

updated 11:35 pm EDT, Sun July 5, 2009

Nokia May Turn to Android

Nokia is breaking from Symbian and about to use Android for one of its next smartphones, according to industry sources. A touchscreen, smartphone-class device is claimed by the Guardian to be later in development and likely to be unveiled at Nokia World in September. Its features are unknown beyond the use of the Google platform.

While no direct evidence corroborates the claim, the rumor comes just after Nokia and Intel have signed a partnership to produce a new kind of device beyond its typical lineup. It also follows a rumor that Nokia is planning an Android netbook, hinting that the company may have already reduced its dependence on in-house operating systems by declining to use its own Maemo Linux interface.

Symbian is also now independent of Nokia and is moving towards open-source code, reducing the company's dependence on the software.

Regardless of the project, any such shift would be a radical one for Nokia. Outside of its Maemo-based Internet tablets, every Nokia device in recent years has run some variant of Symbian and is directly responsible for the operating system's market share lead; in addition to Nokia, some Samsung devices also run the software. However, its insistence on the aging operating system has led it to cede smartphone share rapidly, particularly to more agile companies like Apple and RIM. Moving to Android would give Nokia a newer, more Internet- and touchscreen-aware platform while maintaining the company's open platform policy.

Questions exist as to whether Android-based Nokia phones would have support within the Ovi Store for apps or would ever get access to Nokia's music store or Comes With Music, which so far are dependent on Windows Media files that Android can't recognize but which may switch to MP3s next year.

by MacNN Staff



  1. midtoad

    Joined: Dec 1969



    my Nokia 5800's hardware is easily the equal of the iPhone, but the software? That's a different story. The Nokia is just not as easy or as pleasant to use as my iPod Touch. Building an Android-powered phone is a good trial balloon for Nokia - if the phone is a success, their entire software team should be put on notice.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nokia is in desperation..

    They have to turn to another operation system for what reason? They've finally figured out that Symbian is a golden moldy OS. I guess Windows 7 is in the cards for them, too. I think Nokia realizes their empire is on the verge of collapse from too many low-priced handsets sold in third-world countries and nearly no sales in the U.S. I think the iPhone and BlackBerry have sales sewn up in America and there isn't much room for anyone else.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    LOW build quality

    I was looking for a replacement for an old Nokia phone at a T-Mobile store and was appalled by the cheap quality of the Nokia phones on display.

    Nokia used to make great hardware. What happened?

    The iPhone blindsided the entire phone industry, who seemed content with their cozy relationships with cell service providers, who also didn't seem to care about the hardware or the software the things were running; crappy phones, with opaque, byzantine interfaces.

    Now they're all scrambling for quick "solutions" to the iPhone and none of them seem to "get" Apple and the fact that they're trying to battle the third computing platform with mere phones.

    Good luck.

  1. dthree

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not representative

    Judging Nokia based on tmobile's selection is like judging the ipod line based only on the shuffle. They carry no N-series or E-series devices, and not even a 5800. It's all the cheap stuff.

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