Nokia ternyata tak mau memakai Android karena menghindari bersaing dengan Samsung. Nokia menyadari bila dominasi HTC, Sony dan lainnya tak berhasil merebut pasar Samsung. Karena itu di tahun 2011, ketika banyak manufaktur meninggalkan Symbian, Nokia memilih memakai Windows Phone.
CEO Nokia Stephen Elop, menjawab pertanyaan di “Ask me Anything”.
“Hi Stephen, do you think that Nokia with Android is a good idea?”
When we made the decision to focus on Windows Phone back in 2011, we were very concerned that a decision to pursue Android would put us on a collision course with Samsung, who already had established a head of steam around Android. That was the right decision, as we have seen virtually all other OEMs from those days pushed to the side. Today, we are using AOSP to attack a specific market opportunity, but we are being thoughtful to do it in a way that accrues benefit to Microsoft and to Lumia. – Stephen Elop.
Elop juga menjelaskan mengapa Nokia meninggalkan Symbian.
Now that there is a lot of emotion around some of the hard decisions that we had to make. Back in late 2010 and 2011, we carefully assessed the state of the internal Nokia operating system efforts. Unfortunately, we could not see a way that Symbian could be brought to a competitive level with, for example, the iPhone that had shipped THREE years earlier! And the Meego effort was significantly delayed and did not have the promise of a broad enough portfolio soon enough. We had to make a forceful decision to give Nokia the chance to compete again. – Stephen Elop.
Keputusan meninggalkan Symbian mungkin tepat, namun keputusan menghindari bersaing dengan Samsung di platform Android terasa konyol. Nokia merupakan brand ternama di industri ponsel. Tidak mencoba memakai Android di saat-saat awal jelas suatu kesalahan. Terbukti sebelum resmi dibeli Microsoft Nokia rugi Rp 5,2 trilyun pada kuartal pertama 2014.
Artinya Windows Phone gagal mendongrak keuntungan Nokia. Awal tahun ini Nokia mulai menjual Nokia X yang berbasis Android ASOP. Namun tampaknya seri Nokia Android tak akan dilanjutkan setelah Nokia dimiliki Microsoft.