Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop made a surprising statement in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais, saying “anything is possible”, when asked about possibility of a Nokia Android smartphone in the future.
El País: Do you discard launching an Android phone next year?
Elop: In the current ecosystem wars we are using Windows Phone as our weapon. But we are always thinking about what’s coming next, what will be the role of HTML 5, Android… HTML5 could make the platform itself—being Android, Windows Phone or any other—irrelevant in the future, but it’s still too soon [to tell]. Today we are committed and satisfied with Microsoft, but anything is possible.
Off-course Nokia is keeping other options open for future. After all, their contract with Microsoft is non-exclusive. But it’s surprise to get such statement from Nokia CEO, at the time when their new Windows Phone 8 smartphone Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 are rolling out in most of the market and the company is still fully committed to Windows Phone platform. When asked about their current goals he replied:
El País: What then arises goals for 2013?
Elop: I can not give specific figures, but the first great object, without setting a date, is to reach a market share in double digits. Then, keep pushing and striking a balance with the other two major ecosystems, Apple and Android.