Nokia CEO Shoots Down Rumors of an Android Phone
On Thursday, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop shot down rumors that his company may be interested in developing Android-based smartphones. During Nokia's fourth-quarter earnings call, Elop reiterated his support for Microsoft's Windows Phone platform and his company's Asha phones, while shutting down rumors of an Android phone.
“We are clearly innovating with Microsoft around Windows Phone, and are focused on taking that to lower and lower price points. You will see that over time [we will] compete with Android. But at the same time we’ve said consistently — and we’re just beginning to see it in the Asha full-touch products — that we will continue to innovate around our Asha smartphone line in order to compete with the very lowest levels of Android.”
During the call, Elop also took shots at Google and the openness of Android, or its lack thereof, stating:
“The situation that Android is facing, where the amount of fragmentation that you’re seeing is increasing as people take it in different directions, is of course offset by Google’s efforts to turn an open ecosystem into something that’s quite a bit more closed as you’ve seen quite recently."
The Nokia executive finished things up by stating:
"[Nokia] is not in a situation where we are considering something other than Windows Phone combined with what we’re doing with Asha.”
So Android fans, don't hold your breath waiting for a Nokia Android phone to come anytime soon.