PS ELOP OPENED DOOR TO ANDROID TODAY
And perfectly on que, today Elop admits what many analysts have been saying that must be considered as Nokia's Plan B - when Gizmodo asked Elop (on their Spanish site) is Android possible in Nokia's future, the shock response, "anything is posssible". What happened to Microsoft forever? What happened to Elop and Ballmer being BFF's Best Friends Forever? Was it last April when Elop broke the friendship by admitting that carriers hate Skype and won't support Windows Phone handsets by anyone? After that point it seems the two have gone to war. Microsoft announced its tablets and talks now openly of its own smartphones. Ballmer announced Nokia's Lumia phones can't be upgraded to Windows Phone 8. Microsoft suddenly wants to have huge retail space in a massive global series of stores to sell Microsoft products similar to Apple stores. Nokia tries to claim it is still in a special relationship with Microsoft, but Ballmer now shows HTC smartphones and others, no longer Lumias. Earlier we heard Nokia was hiring Android staff, supposedly just to do some mapping app port, but who knows how much Android staff they actually hired worldwide with that pretense. Elop has been getting the Android question for 23 months, literally, 23 months now, ever since he first announced Microsoft. He's always up to now said there is no plan B, Nokia will only go Microsoft. Now, today, Elop suddenly drops the bombshell that yeah, Android is open possibility in the future.
What if Nokia decided last summer that Windows WAS dead, what Elop heard from all carriers and the other handset makers departing the Microsoft ecosystem or giving it only lip service? If Elop and Nokia's Board decided last summer ie 2012, that Windows is dead, and they now need a new Plan B, and Elop had just finished destroying Symbian, MeeGo and Meltemi, and if last summer they decided to quietly shirt to Android, then when might we see the first Nokia Android smartphones? About Christmas 2013. The development cycle in this industry is 18 months from clean table to first handset sold... So having done his share of Osborning, maybe Elop does know that Android phones are coming to Nokia, and now wants to start the buzz and speculation, so that he could then announce them around September or October of this year, to sell for Christmas.. At this moment pure speculation but lets start to monitor the rumor space.
Lessons from this blog? Its almost exactly parallel to LG. The massively costly misadventure to Microsoft, replaced by the rescue Plan B via Android back to profitability. And the irony? Elop himself sunk Nokia's own Linux based smartphone OS platform, MeeGo and he also sunk the low-cost handset OS running Linux, Meltemi, now to replace Nokia's OS with Linux-based Android, where Nokia is not in any way in control... And irony upon irony, MeeGo legacy living on via Tizen on Samsung and Huawei, as well as via Sailfish used by handset-maker start-up Jolla of Finland.
Lo importante: Si nokia se dio cuenta que la estrategia de WP no tenia futuro a mediados de 2012, y hubiera elegido Android como su proxima plataforma, estariamos viendo esos telefonos para navidades de este año, anunciados en setiembre u octubre.
Cuando el rio suena...
De todas formas creo que hubiera merecido la pena que Nokia vuelva a apostar por sus propias plataformas y que Android fuera el plan C, pero parece que van a lo seguro desde el primer momento, lo comprendo, no queda margen para hacer demasiadas maniobras.