Until now, Nokia shares a great chemistry with the Redmond –based Microsoft. After all, both partners are equally making every effort to dethrone BlackBerry from third position. The Finnish giant has managed to sell 4.4 million Lumias last quarter. Windows Phone 8 is getting its due respect with the surprise success of the Nokia Lumia 920 lately. But everything is not well between Nokia and Microsoft.
Stephen Elop, Nokia’s CEO, is worried that Microsoft is secretively planning its give a shot at smartphone business (hardware) on its own. Nokia is one among the prestige partners working on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 software. HTC and Samsung, who practically supports Android for their flagship devices, support WP8 with half –baked manner.
At this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC), Nokia unleashed dirt cheap WP8 devices to make a bigger impact on Android run devices. Last year, Microsoft stunned the world by announcing its own branded tablet called Surface RT. It is very likely; the Redmond-based software giant might like to try its hands on smartphone devices too. After all, the company believes that only Microsoft is the true competitor that rivals Apple.
Nokia worry hints at Microsoft’s Big Ambitions
The Finnish giant is aggressively eyeing a bigger chunk of market to place its Lumia range against Android brigade. So far, the results aren’t that bright, but Nokia is working hard to cut down the cost of manufacturing Lumia handsets. But a major worry for Stephen Elop run Nokia is the growing ambitions set by Microsoft to dethrone Apple and Google on its own. Reported by BGR (via PhoneArena) claims that Nokia is surely in a worrisome situation. The Finnish giant has filed (Form 20-F) to the Securities and Exchange Commission; raising its voice for the matter of Microsoft getting into smartphone hardware business.
“Microsoft may make strategic decisions or changes that may be detrimental to us. For example, in addition to the Surface tablet, Microsoft may broaden its strategy to sell other mobile devices under its own brand, including smartphones,” the company wrote in the filing. “This could lead Microsoft to focus more on their own devices and less on mobile devices of other manufacturers that operate on the Windows Phone platform, including Nokia” , as mentioned by Nokia in Form20-F .
There is a possibility of Microsoft testing its own hardware device. And how can Nokia be not furious when its most valuable partner, is trying to hold ball in its own hands. If Microsoft ever releases its own branded smartphone device then Nokia is left with just ashes around. The Finnish giant has said many times in the past that WP8 is the only way Nokia can move forward. Nokia only makes WP8 devices; its dependency on Android is zero at the moment.
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