A Google executive this week commented about their hope of Nokia using the up-and-rising Android platform in their smartphones in the near future. This would not just give a boost to the Android operating system usage, but would surely strengthen the hold of the world’s biggest mobile phone manufacturer Nokia, who is expected to leave Symbian platform and try the other options for the next generations of their handsets, although confident about Symbian and Meego in this big smartphone competition.
Andy Rubin, the vice president of Google’s mobile platforms, prompted about Nokia’s upcoming smartphone plans, and that Nokia should be trying out the Android platform, as they already had given a try with the open source Meego Mobile OS, by Intel. Although Symbian is still the leader in the market of mobile operating systems, it has been getting down the curve in a slow pace due to the rise of iOS, Android, Blackberry and the independent OS by Samsung in their smartphones. Rubin didn’t comment much, except that he just hoped Nokia tries the Android platform, which is being used in around 175 mobile phones globally by various manufacturers. Analysts claim that the Google mobile team and Nokia’s new management team had met regarding a deal, but Rubin didn’t comment on that.
The clear reason for the hope is that Nokia still holds the highest share in the overall mobile phone market sales, and the smartphone market sales at 34% and 33% respectively. Keeping the speculations apart, there is no guarantee whether Nokia would adopt Android, because a few months back Android was slammed by one of the mobile company executives for being sold not on the basis of hardware, but for the operating system. Analysts still feel that Nokia’s step of adopting Android for only the U.S. market would be good enough to bring enough changes in the business of both the phone and operating system manufacturers. The newly named CTO for Nokia, Rich Green, has been supporting Symbian for Nokia since his entry into the management although there has been a decline in the sales of smartphones using Symbian.
It is more likely that Nokia would take a path towards Meego than towards Android, and Symbian would be just a platform of the past, as Nokia has planned to shut down the Symbian foundation website on December 17th, 2010. Back in November, the Symbian foundation announced that they would become a legal entity for licensing property, rather than a non-profit organization which it currently is. The North American market doesn’t have Symbian in the list of competitors since long, so Nokia taking the direct step by adopting Android would be a wise decision, as some market analysts believe.
Nokia adopting Android would be a good option, but a risky one too, as Carl Howe, an Analyst at Yankee Group says. As Nokia keeps placing strategies for boosting its sales in the Europe, Asia and African countries, sudden changes to Android could prove a risk to the shareholders too.