Microsoft and Nokia are, without doubt, the best of pals. The Finnish telecom giant has been instrumental in lifting up Redmond’s Windows Phone mobile platform, and Lumia devices now lay claim to an increasingly large market share worldwide.
Nokia has categorically denied any other adventures with other operating systems, reiterating on more than one occasion that it will stick with Windows Phone for its Lumia products. The chief executive of the company, Stephen Elop, once again reaffirmed that Windows Phone remains its focus.
Elop gave a statement to reporters ahead of a company shareholder meeting. Reuters has the quote:
“We make adjustments as we go. But it’s very clear to us that in today’s war of ecosystems, we’ve made a very clear decisions to focus on Windows Phone with our Lumia product line. And it is with that that we will compete with competitors like Samsung and Android.”
The last part of the statement is quite intriguing — Samsung and Android, you say?
What this could possibly mean is that Elop and Nokia clearly sees Samsung as its biggest rival. And this is not at all surprising considering the Korean giant offers an elaborate selection of Android smartphones at all price ranges, from budget to extreme high end — much like Nokia.
No prizes for guessing that the Finnish telecommunication giant sees Samsung smartphones as the absolutely biggest threat to its Lumia lineup.
Nokia is preparing to expand its lineup of smartphones with a few new members next month, and is then said to follow up with a completely new refresh later in the year with the next generation of devices. A phablet powered by Windows Phone is also rumored to be in development.