CEO refutes Nokia's Android phone rumours, takes shot at Google
Posted on: 07:18 AM IST Jan 25, 2013
New Delhi: Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has effectively put to an end the rumours about Nokia making an Android phone. During the company's fourth quarter earnings call Elop reiterated that Nokia's products with compete with Android phones.
"We are not in a situation where we are considering something other than Windows Phone combined with what we're doing with Asha", Elop said.
"We are clearly innovating with Microsoft around Windows Phone, and are focused on taking that to lower and lower price points. You will see that over time compete with Android. But at the same time we've said consistently and we're just beginning to see it in the Asha full-touch products - that we will continue to innovate around our Asha smartphone line in order to compete with the very lowest levels of Android.," Elop elaborated on how Nokia is taking on Android.
Taking a shot at Google and the openness of Android, Elop said, "The situation that Android is facing, where the amount of fragmentation that you're seeing is increasing as people take it in different directions, is of course offset by Google's efforts to turn an open ecosystem into something that's quite a bit more closed as you've seen quite recently."