There have been quite a few rumors floating around regarding Nokia’s plans to use Google’s Android operating system as the main platform for its mobile phones, effectively ending its relationship with Microsoft and its Windows Phone OS. However, that doesn’t seem likely at this point in time; despite Nokia CEO Stephen Elop’s recent comments to a French publication, it looks like Nokia and Microsoft’s relationship shall be continuing for the immediate foreseeable future.
That also means Nokia won’t be porting the flagship Lumia 920 anytime soon to Android, despite a few farfetched rumors suggesting that may be the case. Speaking to El Pais, Elop said that in the current battle for operating system market share, Nokia is “using Windows Phone as (our) weapon.” He added that Nokia is 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.”
While that in itself may have suggested the possibility of a switch to Android in the near future, Elop clarified things later on in the interview. After discussing about the “roles” of different operating systems vis-à-vis Nokia’s business strategies and goal to increase its market share, Elop said that Nokia will remain “focused” on Windows Phone despite keeping an eye on what could happen in the future.
The Lumia 920, despite apparently doing much better in terms of sales than the Windows Phone 7-powered Lumia 900, still has a long way to go before catching up with handsets like the Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3. Additionally, Windows Phone’s market share remains far behind iOS and Android; most surveys place it a very distant third or fourth, with a share of about 3 percent.