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"Today we are committed and satisfied with Microsoft, but anything is possible," says Nokia's (NOK +0.8%) Stephen Elop in an interview with Spain's El Pais, apparently leaving the door open to using Android down the line. Past remarks from chairman Risto Siilasmaa have already fueled speculation Nokia is open to adopting Android if Windows Phone sales underwhelm. Elop also argues Nokia's cameras, displays, and proprietary apps will allow its WP hardware to stand out from that of rivals such as HTC.
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  • Buying the 920 has been my best purchase of 2012
    7 Jan 2013, 02:12 PM Reply Like
  • I just wish they didn't abandon external storage. No reason not have a microSD slot.
    7 Jan 2013, 02:25 PM Reply Like
  • My 822 is fantastic. I keep telling friends about it.
    7 Jan 2013, 02:29 PM Reply Like
  • I haven't ever needed one but I can definitely appreciate that point of view, seems like such an easy thing to add and I doubt it would have added much cost to the phone.
    7 Jan 2013, 02:31 PM Reply Like
  • It's a big deal to many people, especially me. Especially with nokia trying to have a better camera/lens on the phone, it's nice to have the extra space to hold photos/videos as well as music when you want to listen to it


    It's the same reason I dislike the google nexus line and IPhones as well.
    7 Jan 2013, 03:23 PM Reply Like
  • I agree, I see no reason to not add one, and for a while I was disappointed when the spec came out and it did not include support for external memory. However, I've gotten very addicted to Skydrive, my pics are always there, I also like the fact that the device shows up like a thumb drive or external HD when you plug it into a PC USB port. Also, with the update release that added always on for Wi-Fi I can leave my phone on the charger and while its sleep my videos up load to Skydrive. Nokia music is a great free addition and I'm starting to like City Lens (under the right circumstances). Still I'd like it if the next device supported external memory and HDMI video out.
    8 Jan 2013, 12:59 AM Reply Like
  • Have you checked out the 610?
    8 Jan 2013, 05:15 AM Reply Like
  • Agree maybe they put uSD in Lumia 928 or 940 with the aluminum case.
    8 Jan 2013, 07:26 AM Reply Like
  • 610 doesn't have microSD either

    8 Jan 2013, 08:24 AM Reply Like
  • the 8xx series does, has expandable storage - sd card slot
    9 Jan 2013, 12:19 PM Reply Like
  • Thanks Jimdart. It's cheap too.. $400 full price at AT&T

    9 Jan 2013, 01:34 PM Reply Like
  • I like it so far. Its a very good phone.
    7 Jan 2013, 02:14 PM Reply Like
  • This is interesting, should Nokia go with Android and WP8 as Samsung has. It will mean that Nokia would earn more money and get a higher stock price.
    7 Jan 2013, 02:17 PM Reply Like
  • I tend to disagree. The WP8 has much of a "new" value, and with Android it would be more difficult to stand out from the flock of Android phones,
    7 Jan 2013, 02:29 PM Reply Like
  • NOKIA can make what ever they want both andriod and WInd, for now no need to when MS is giving you a billion dollars , that want last forever --you get extra style, technology, quality and endurance when you buy NOKIA whether it be Win or andorid, both would sell
    7 Jan 2013, 02:37 PM Reply Like
  • Samsung seems to have the Android market locked down, ask HTC about how well its going for them.
    8 Jan 2013, 05:21 AM Reply Like
  • I agree with Elop's emphasis on differentiation, via variety of means. And going WP8 is certainly a differentiator from the Android crowd. Other differentiators are camera, Nokia App SW, build quality, design language and quality, Maps, etc.


    Elop is aiming high, not just trying to make Nokia survive (by selling a few Android phones like everyone else).
    7 Jan 2013, 02:43 PM Reply Like
  • sepo im glad you agree, it was smart to capture as much win phone biz a s possible first and collect a cool 1 billlion from mr softy, no reason why they cant make both, the andorid lumia could be the same size and speck as window, with same great features and sturdy build and camera, would take costwise to make a model and get it on the market
    7 Jan 2013, 03:51 PM Reply Like
  • The people that think there can be only two have never tried the third. Once you try it there's no going back. It's a step up that people don't understand or see because their blinded by their love of the first.


    This message was delivered using a Lumia 710.


    Long Nokia
    7 Jan 2013, 03:07 PM Reply Like
  • to be honest Apple should license their OS to NOK
    7 Jan 2013, 03:52 PM Reply Like
  • Or AAPL should buy NOK for $23b and offer both iOS and WP8 on NOK devices. AAPL would get devices, map, optics and patents for about 20% of their cash hoard. That would certainly shake up the mobile world for Google, Microsoft and Samsung.
    8 Jan 2013, 07:26 AM Reply Like
  • I wonder what kind of anti-trust issues there would be with an apple takeover of NOK... interesting thought though techy46 that would definitely send a few ripples in the pond.
    8 Jan 2013, 08:45 AM Reply Like
  • Love my 920, best phone I've ever had, have no interest in a Nokia Android phone, its not helping HTC
    7 Jan 2013, 04:38 PM Reply Like
  • "Android phone, its not helping HTC"


    HTC is not helping itself with non-Mac-compatible Sense OS.
    7 Jan 2013, 04:41 PM Reply Like
  • HTC makes great Android phones, but I think they lack selling and marketing skills to sell more of their phones.
    8 Jan 2013, 05:22 AM Reply Like
  • I can't wait to drop my buggy HTC and buy a nicer Samsung
    8 Jan 2013, 07:22 AM Reply Like
  • nokia would get their butts kicked by samsung in the android market because their leadership is grossly incompetent.
    7 Jan 2013, 04:54 PM Reply Like
  • When AAPL brought a Nokia phone into court against Samsung to show you could have a good phone without copying sealed it for me.
    7 Jan 2013, 05:41 PM Reply Like
  • Consumer Reports Marks Apple’s iPhone 5 the Worst of the Best


    "In a recent report, it looks like Apple’s iPhone 5 is losing its grip on the everyday consumer. According to Consumer Reports, the iPhone 5 is now listed as the lowest rated top 3 smartphone on each carrier, minus T-Mobile who haven’t had the device on their network. Topping the lists are the Samsung Galaxy S3 for T-Mobile, the LG Optimus G for AT&T and Sprint, and the RAZR HD’s for Verizon. Crazy enough, the iPhone didn’t even make it onto Big Red’s list, which is actually quite surprising."


    "How Consumer Reports handle their rating of said devices is unknown to me, but it is great to see Android becoming the forerunner in smartphone operating systems. Android devices have certainly come a very long way in terms of consumer praise and advancements in both software and hardware since the days of iPhone supremacy."


    "Guess it’s time to start awaiting the iPhone 5S and the magical features it will wield."


    This of course says nothing bullish about Nokia (sadly) the battle for the U.S. is still like ice skating uphill, however the challenge going forward for both Nokia and Windows Phone 8 is "Android" not "Apple", more specifically in the U.S. "Samsung". However, all is not bleak for Nokia and Microsoft hopes for the U.S. as well as abroad:


    Report: Windows Phone 8 Usage Surges
    Windows Phone 8 usage is up big-time in the US and abroad


    Most popular Windows Phone handsets: Nokia Lumia 710 (20 percent, down from 24 percent), Nokia Lumia 800 (18 percent, unchanged month-over-month), Nokia Lumia 610 (16 percent, down from 17 percent), Nokia Lumia 910 (9 percent, up 3x from just 3 percent), and Nokia Lumia 900 (6 percent, down from 7 percent).


    Windows Phone 8 surges. Usage in Windows Phone 8 jumped from 5 percent of total Windows Phone usage in December to 19 percent in December. (Windows Phone 7.5 is responsible for all of the other 81 percent.) “Most of this growth happened at the expense of the older models,” AdDuplex notes, which I assume indicates that the overall size of Windows Phone usage didn’t grow much? But it’s not all bad news: In the US, Windows Phone 8 represents a whopping 43 percent of usage. All of those gains are new device sales.


    Windows Phone 8 models. All Windows Phone 8 models saw big gains in the month. The best-seller, again, is the Lumia 920 (9 percent), followed by the HTC Windows Phone 8X (3 percent, up from less than 1 percent), and Nokia Lumia 820 (3 percent).


    Windows Phone models in the United States. In the US, things are quite a bit different thanks to the prevalence of AT&T, which has been selling multiple Windows Phone models for two years. The top device here is the Lumia 920 (16 percent), followed by Lumia 900 (14 percent), Lumia 710 and HTC 8X (both 11 percent), Lumia 822 (10 percent), and the HTC Radar 4G (8 percent).


    Carriers in the United States. As expected, Windows Phone carrier usage is dominated by AT&T (51 percent), followed by T-Mobile (27 percent), and Verizon (16 percent). I expect a big jump from Verizon in the months ahead though.


    Windows Phone 8 models on AT&T. The Nokia Lumia 920 generates the most usage (71 percent) of AT&T-based Windows Phone 8 handsets, followed by the HTC 8X (18 percent) and Lumia 820 (11 percent). In the US, “there are more Lumia 920 devices in use than any other Windows Phone,” AdDuplex notes. “That’s a very notable achievement for a device that is only available on one operator and constantly suffered from supply shortages.”
    8 Jan 2013, 01:25 AM Reply Like
  • So much for "ecosystems". It's all about fashion baby.


    I've pointed out before that people change their phones to what's most fashionable or seen as the best at the point their contract expires. Operating system, ecosystem are totally irrelevant to the overwhelming majority of users; only a tiny minority of fanboys care.


    This is good news for Nokia given AT&T's prevalence and the 920 being the sexiest device on the market.
    8 Jan 2013, 04:45 AM Reply Like
  • My 822 has an SD card as well. It is the best phone I have ever had. The map feature is also great, no need for any more GPS devices.
    8 Jan 2013, 07:22 AM Reply Like
  • have the same 822, best phone I've ever had, coming from a Blackberry.
    9 Jan 2013, 12:20 PM Reply Like
  • When were the Lumia 922 released? because ...


    Kantar Worldpanel found that consumers have continued to shun Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows Phone platform, which totaled a mere 2.7% of smartphone sales in the November period.

    8 Jan 2013, 07:53 AM Reply Like
  • Nokia already came out with a statement. That it was a translation problem


    There will be no android phones here is the Nokia endorsed words of what elop actually said


    Elop: So, the way I think about it is, in the current war on ecosystems, we are fighting with Windows Phone. That’s what we’re doing. Now, what we’re always doing is asking, how does that evolve? What’s next? What role does HTML5 play? What role does Android or other things play in the future? We’re looking further into the future, but it terms of what we’re bringing to market, and what we’re immediately focused on, we’re focused on Windows Phone.”
    8 Jan 2013, 10:57 AM Reply Like
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