Rumors about Nokia’s interest in the tablet markets have been flying around since early 2012. In May 2012, Nokia’s chairman, Jorma Ollila, had hinted that Nokia could be releasing ‘hybrid’ smartphones and tablets. Later that year, there were reports that a Windows RT powered Nokia tablet might be on the cards.
However, this year, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has told the media that Nokia is genuinely interested in the tablet market, and that it is looking for just the right platform and the right time to get into tablets.
In an interview with Australian Financial Review, CEO Stephen Elop told the media that Nokia is monitoring the tablet market ‘closely’, and that it is taking its time to ‘study’ the market trends. Though he avoided getting into more details, he said that tablet market has always intrigued Nokia, and that they might come up with a new tablet design, if they get the right platform.
“We haven’t announced tablets at this point, but it is something we are clearly looking at very closely,” Elop said. “We are studying very closely the market right now as Microsoft has introduced the Surface tablet, so we are trying to learn from that and understand what the right way to participate would be and at what point in time.”
When Mr. Elop was asked on what platform Nokia would opt for, he said that everything is on cards, including Android. However, he made very clear that Windows would, undoubtedly, be given the first preference.
“We would consider any option [Android or Windows] … It is important to note that the opportunity for companionship is something that any user is looking for. So, when you think about the Lumia 920, running on Windows phone, having a Windows tablet or PC or Xbox is something that will give us the opportunity to have a pretty integrated experience. Our first focus on what we look at is clearly in the Microsoft side,” Mr Elop said.
As Windows would offer a more integrated experience, he said that a Windows powered tablet would always be the first thing it would look forward to. However, Stephan Elop said that it is also looking beyond Windows, and considering other market options as well [including Android].
He said that there are pros and cons of every device including iPad, Nexus 7, Surface, and refused to drop any clues, what-so-ever, on what sized tablet is Nokia considering. He said that they were as interested in the 7-inch models as they are in the 10-inch models.
We would love to see an Android-powered tablet, despite Nokia’s exasperating relationship with Android. It was only last year that Stephen Elop had clarified to the press that Nokia would never empower Android. Hence, looking at their long absinthial relationship, there are feeble chances of an Android-powered Nokia tablet. Logically speaking, a Microsoft powered Nokia tablet sounds more right. And perhaps, that’s the way it’s going to be.
Also, citing the fact that Microsoft’s Surface hasn’t sold like hot cupcakes, or in other words – ‘as Microsoft would have probably expected’, there are indications that Microsoft might also be over-enthusiastic about sealing the Nokia deal. That would be another sumptuous and funky Windows gizmo in the umpteen, vibrant Lumia series.
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