July 6, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
Nokia is building an Android phone. Nokia is not building an Android phone. Two recent articles claim one or the other, but which one is it?
According to TechRadar, Nokia is NOT developing a phone that will run the Android operating system. An unidentified Nokia representative reportedly told the website, “There is no truth to this story whatsoever. It is a well known fact that Symbian is our platform of choice for smartphones.”
This is in direct conflict with a Guardian news story published earlier today that claimed Nokia is working on an Android device to debut as soon as the Nokia World conference in September. The Guardian article claims “industry insiders” told them of the supposed device from Nokia, which accounts for roughly a third of global smartphone sales.
It seems more plausible that Nokia isn’t making an Android phone. Nokia owns Symbian, so creating an Android phone would be like Apple releasing an Android-version iPhone. Why develop a product in direct competition with your own?
Nokia is firmly in support of the Symbian OS and Maemo, an OS geared towards MID’s, according to the TechRadar statements. The Guardian suggests that a move to Android could be the result of a desire to improve Nokia’s smartphone market share since it has fallen from 47 percent in 2007 to 31 percent in 2008. Despite that drop, it would make more sense for Nokia to just accept the challenge and create a new Symbian-powered phone that would excite the global market and get them featured more prominently in the smartphone wars.