Nokia CEO Stephen Elop on Thursday shot down rumors that his company might be interested in developing Android-based smartphones. During Nokia’s fourth-quarter earnings call, the executive reiterated his support for the company’s Asha phones and Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, while shutting the door on earlier Android rumors.
Nokia has started pricing the Lumia 620 in Asia nearly 20% below the rival Windows mid-market model, the HTC 8S. This is remarkably aggressive considering the 620 has a higher pixel density and twice as much internal memory. The 620 is the keystone phone for Nokia. It is launching before RIM gets its new budget BlackBerry phones out and before Samsung or LG enter the mid-priced Windows phone market. This is the phone that will make or break Nokia’s summer.
If you had your hopes high after yesterday’s news of Nokia possibly considering making an Android phone, here’s bad news for ya: Apparently it was a bad translation by Gizmodo.
Below is the actual transcript of Elop’s message form the interview: