CEO Stephen Elop Hints That Nokia Might Make An Android Phone

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Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop came within a razor's edge of confirming rumors that Nokia is working on an Android phone.

When asked about it by Spanish newspaper El Pais, Elop answered (as translated from Spanish by Gizmodo):

"In the current ecosystem wars we are using Windows Phone as our weapon. But we are 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."

When asked why Nokia remains committed to Windows exclusively (even though Microsoft also has Windows Phones made by Samsung and HTC) Elop said, "We have a privileged relationship with Microsoft."

That relationship may not be enough to save Nokia, amidst reports of slow Windows phone sales and rumors that Microsoft might build its own phone, just like it built its own tablet and PC.

Last month, reports circulated that Nokia could already be working on an Android phone when the company posted an employment ad for a Linux expert. Linux is at the heart of Android.

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