• Nokia Tried Android; Didn't Like It


    The image above shows Nokia's brief flirtation with the idea of using Android. They quickly decided against it, obviously, in favor of Windows Phone 7.

    Would you have liked to see a Nokia running Android? Would you have bought one?

    Neowin.net
    Comments 19 Comments
    1. AdamSavage's Avatar
      AdamSavage -
      I like the quality of a Nokia phone, what I don't like is there clunky symbian os. Had Nokia got there act together and put the Android os on there phones, I would stick with Nokia.
    1. naypalm[]maker's Avatar
      naypalm[]maker -
      Well of course they didn't go with it. It pretty much takes a desktop processor to run Android and with Symbian/Windows it does not. That poor Nokia must've hung on every input.
    1. Kardall's Avatar
      Kardall -
      I agree with both above posts. If they had a phone that would support it, then I would buy a nokia phone. They definitely have great hardware, but the OS choice of Symbian OS is brutal. It has so many bugs, hacks and incompatibilities with 3rd party devices (bluetooth) that it makes you not want it.

      Windows Phone 7 OS runs really nice on the LG Optimus 7, but I don't know how it'll work on this phone. If it's not a dual core processor, why pick that over the LG?
    1. sr1329's Avatar
      sr1329 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kardall View Post
      I agree with both above posts. If they had a phone that would support it, then I would buy a nokia phone. They definitely have great hardware, but the OS choice of Symbian OS is brutal. It has so many bugs, hacks and incompatibilities with 3rd party devices (bluetooth) that it makes you not want it.

      Windows Phone 7 OS runs really nice on the LG Optimus 7, but I don't know how it'll work on this phone. If it's not a dual core processor, why pick that over the LG?
      I used to be one of the biggest Nokia fans, but I realized that it was a buggy OS that promises the world and delivers nothing but headaches. It never worked when you needed it. As for Android, they are right it's a big mess right now and they'd need to design a custom UI. Judging by Symbian's UI they were smart to let MS Entertainment and Devices division design the UI. It's in the same league as iOS, and WebOS. Android's UI is clearly an afterthought and the kind of clunky UI that Nokia is apt to design.
    1. migo's Avatar
      migo -
      MIUI is actually pretty good, and Android is bringing feature parity to Symbian phones, and at least you know Android won't strip a feature out in a later version. That said, I have very little faith in Nokia's ability to improve Android's UI significantly (even though that's what they're trying to copy with Belle), and with Google's stricter requirements since 3.0, they'd be able to do even less.
    1. inept's Avatar
      inept -
      SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

    1. pukemon's Avatar
      pukemon -
      definitely was hoping and would've preferred android on nokia. the n9 supposedly can run android apps with alien dalvik. nokia fragmented themselves with too many phones, not enough consistency and the worst part lack of developers/development. anyways, bye nokia. here's hoping the n9 and alien dalvik is your saving grace because windows is not.
    1. Heatseeker123's Avatar
      Heatseeker123 -
      Nokia has got to be one of the most unorganized major companies I've ever seen. The OS is buggy. The official apps are buggy too. They are always having problems with their e-mail servers. When they have a good idea, it takes forever to make it happen or the idea simply disappears like a fart in the wind while the competition passes them by. What an embarrassment.

      Please just stick to making hardware, because you suck at everything else.
    1. terhett's Avatar
      terhett -
      I would have liked to see Android on Nokia but I think WP7 was the best choice. I do think one day Nokia will do some Android, once they get their WP7 lineup going.
    1. Verhouzen's Avatar
      Verhouzen -
      Nokia was one of my favorite phones. But I will NEVER buy a windows phone. Had they gone Android I would have bought it over my Samsung. But now? Never.
    1. Homicide's Avatar
      Homicide -
      I'm really looking forward to Nokia releasing a windows phone. I'm glad they never went the Android route, smart move. Android to me is worse than Symbian. It would be moving a step backward.

      Finally this might get me back to the Nokia boat. It will be very difficult to switch from the iphone though.
    1. Mr Mystery's Avatar
      Mr Mystery -
      Quote Originally Posted by naypalm[]maker View Post
      Well of course they didn't go with it. It pretty much takes a desktop processor to run Android and with Symbian/Windows it does not. That poor Nokia must've hung on every input.
      I was going to say, we have enough low end Androids already we don't need to add Nokia to the mix.
    1. tofm2's Avatar
      tofm2 -
      hi, we have had a discussion concerning the feasability to install Android on N8, here

      http://www.forumportables.fr/comment...roid-t434.html

      apparently a chinese clone of N8 was shipped on Android.
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      The only way i would ever buy a Nokia would be if it had android.
    1. jdvoracek's Avatar
      jdvoracek -
      Nokia's dead. They'll soon realize that. No, 7 Nokia phones is my limit. I'll probably end up crossing over to the dark side and iPhoning it in the future. Sad.
    1. primetechv2's Avatar
      primetechv2 -
      ^-- epic brand loyalty? Sticking with Nokias has convinced you they finally suck, and the only way to compensate is getting an iPhone?

      Nokia's getting eaten by Microsoft and killed by market shares at the same time. It's not news, people.
    1. jrgm's Avatar
      jrgm -
      I completely agree, I used to have some nokia phones, the quality of nokia is very good. I really like Android, and I would like to see a nokia with android...
    1. ChristopherMcG's Avatar
      ChristopherMcG -
      Nokia went with Windows Phone 7 so they could continue to use the same outdated processors instead of being on the cutting edge with dual core chips. The N9's processor is not going to cut it in a high end Android device now, it would be perfect for WP7 although I think there are chipset restrictions. Either way, WP7 runs on tired SoC's and Nokia LOVES using out dated SoC's
    1. migo's Avatar
      migo -
      With nokia's development times it really makes no sense to get involved in android's arms race on one front and the race to the bottom on the other
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