Last Updated: September 3rd, 2011

This is the newest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see The Great Divide: Is The Tablet/Phone Split Going To Hurt Android?

It's official: Nokia and Microsoft have formed a strategic alliance. Which, in layman's terms, means Nokia smartphones will be powered by Windows Phone 7, and search across all Nokia devices will be powered by Bing. What does this mean for Android, though?

Well, who knows. On the one hand, this is a move by Nokia to try to stop hemorrhaging customers, especially from the highly profitable smartphone segment. But it may already be too late; they've already given up an awful lot of ground. And Windows Phone as an OS has lost many of its customers to Android. But is it too late?

Maybe not. Microsoft and Nokia are still both massive companies with a huge amount of influence and the money to do some serious marketing. Nokia may have lost its way in software, but it's always been pretty good at putting out solid hardware. And based on reviews, Windows Phone 7 has serious potential as a contender.

What do you think? Cast your vote in the poll below, then head on down to the comments to make your case.

Is The Nokia/Microsoft Alliance A Threat To Android?

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Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • M

    Well the poll options don't quite fit what I think. Nokia *could* get back into the game, but I don't think the partnership with Microsoft is the way to do it.

  • http://suddenfish.net Suddenfish

    I would've loved to have the option "Nokia and Android would be win"

  • christopher

    I wouldn't underestimate Microsoft. When they first introduced the original Xbox, many people laughed at them. When Halo came out, everyone stopped laughing.

    Likewise, if Nokia and Microsoft can combine forces, and create a game changing device, it WILL impact Android hard. Perhaps not on the low-end, but top-end devices like the EVO 4G and the Droid Bionic would be affected.

    That said, by the time Nokia and Microsoft get around to pushing a new phone out, I'm confident the Android platform will have only matured further. If they can successfully bring Honeycomb to phones, and keep the same level of polish I've seen so far, Android sales shouldn't be castrated.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Very well said.

  • http://www.jaduncan.com James Duncan

    Well, Nokia have just screwed over their developers after a couple of years of telling them that they should learn QT, then announcing they aren't even going to port QT to WP7. It's kind of dumb of Nokia; a UI interface that enabled devs to push out to Meego, WP7, Android and iOS with one code base would have been extremely attractive. Obviously now it will be killed.

  • Nathan

    Nokia could give a huge boost to WP7, but as James Duncan said, they've basically just screwed their entire fanbase and developers.

    Because of that, a lot of those people will probably switch to another platform, and i honestly think it'll be android due to the openness of the platform.

    So in the end, this will probably save nokias cell division, but only if WP7 actually ends up being a hit

  • http://www.winterbeartrading.com Winterbeartp

    Has anyone experienced any problems with their home systems running windows? Virues, Trojans, Worms? I'm just sayin' here, not a phone expert and would really like to know!

  • foo

    WP7 tries to compete in the US high-end smartphone market. Thats actually weak spot of Nokia.
    I see Nokia losing alot of share to Android in the low-end market while struggling to compete in the US where Apple and Google are strong already.

  • Clemsaklumpen

    I kind of like this wp7 is an good system,
    still in beta in my opinion but promising.

    And Nokia bring a lot with them to fix this from symbian,

    Also consider this, microsoft has games(xbox),office,outlook,explorer(i prefer crome but still..),bing(same thing here) and much more...

    nokia brings good phones and ovi maps with them

    In my opinion Android HAS to fix fragmentation an push uppdates to have a chance in the long run

    • Some1

      XBox sounds nice but in reality it's unable to run realtime multiplayer games due to the lack of a socket api... while iOS and Android can do that.
      Also XBox is something for hardcore gamers while most phone users are casual gamers.

      Office? Don't see how the WP7 implementation is any better as long as they don't use internal protocols which would be more like foul play instead of innovation or progress.

      Outlook? Doesn't really matter since most smartphones support exchange.

      Explorer? So they are the only platform that doesn't use WebKit compared to iOS, Android, WebOS, Blackberry OS... and may become incompatible if they work like before. How is this a good thing again?

      And fragmentation is of course an annoyance but not really a problem. WP7 will face similar annoyances sooner or later.

      • Clemsaklumpen

        I´m not saying that everything works atm
        with wp7 just that it looks interesting

        but they do have all the pieces to build an good platform, Google also has it an so does Apple

        this is good because it forces both apple and Google to work with the problems they do have with their platforms

  • deon

    You know what would have been a win? Reallocating all their meego developers to webos and a partnership with hp to start pushing out webos phones. I hear good things about webos (meego is ok also but not as polished and production ready as webos and webos is already deployed on devices). With the production and distribution power of nokia and the awesomeness of another open source linux based mobile os, one with dalvik that could run android apps, nokia would have been a serious contender. I would consider leaving android for that.

    • Rotmann

      Now that would have been pure awesomness. webOS is in my opinion the best mobile OS, I loved the pre but changed to android because of apps I need and because of the small screen.

  • Dan

    I think the next 6 months are gonna be rocky for Nokia. People in the market for a smartphone aren't gonna want to touch Nokia until the WP7 handsets come out, even then, people will be wary of buying a product from a company in the middle of a risky transition. In the mean time, tons of people looking to pick up a smartphone are gonna opt for iOS and Android and never look back. Nokia needs to grab customers NOW, because once you buy into an app ecosystem, it's really hard to switch. This is a net plus for Google and Apple in the short run.

  • reddragon72

    The MS/Nokia little stage handshaking was something that MS bought. What I mean is that Nokia is also producing phones with Android on it as well as WP7. They signed deals for both OS's on the same day, but MS bought the announcement and handshake stage event to promote WP7. Trust me Nokia wouldn't turn their noses to a proven winner, not mention this info has already been circulated internally in Nokia to stop the worker/executive walkout.

    So yea MS is just promoting and once again Google is not and it really showed this time. Google really needs to start promoting Android or people are going to think that Google doesn't back there OS.

    • jake

      That's just a rumor let out by the same guy who said gingerbread or honeycomb had stricter hardware requirements, which was later debunked.

      Anyways, Google has NEVER promoted Android very much directly (most is internet ads for their own Nexus series) and let manufacturers and carriers do their own promotion. So far this has worked pretty well, even against MS and Apple's massive ads everywhere.

  • http://www.toysdiva.com PixelSlave

    Even if the Windows Phone platform actually achieve the impossible and catch up with Android, I still don't think Microsoft will beat Google in the smartphone war. Because Microsoft's marketing SUCKS. The fact they could come up with a name called "Windows Phone 7" is unbelievable.

    Do they really know how bad the reputation of the Windows platform is? In the last 5 years, their best brand is Xbox! Why don't they just it Xbox phone?

  • The man

    well, when google announced that it will releasing a new mobile os soon (2008,android) the spokesman for sybiam and windows mobile said that it would be a total fail as the market is already too saturated. looks who laughing now. its really very hard to call. anyway, the IT savy people will always be using the best devices whereas the lay men will only be using the popular devices. Look at all of the people using iphones!

    • three_pineapples

      The problem was that android innovated in the same direction that iOS did.

      At the time, iOS was way ahead of the rest of the competition. RIM, MS, Nokia had no software on the table that could match iOS.

      Cue android. It only managed to gain traction because it was the first OS to follow iOS (the second good smartphone OS).

      Now cue WP7. What does it bring to the table that can't be done with iOS or Android? I can't see much.

      Thus it is just following the curve that has already been saturated. At the same time, MS snubbed all their WM6.5 customers and developers by not upgrading handsets or providing backwards compatibility with apps. (not a problem on iOS and only the upgrading is a problem for android on some phones).

      Now MS has partnered with Nokia, alienating the symbian and meego community. They are not going to move to WP7 now. They'll start weighing up the options in android, iOS (and maybe RIM).

      I'm sure this partnership will help MS, but I can't see it help with Nokia's market share. Nor can I see anyone switching away from iOS or android to WP7 yet.

      WP7 just doesn't offer enough!

  • Erik

    Don't you mean "a threat to Android being the one major smartphone OS"? Competition is good, it makes technology advance faster and gives us, the consumers, more choice. I hope Nokia and Microsoft will do great. I hate to see that Android would become the next Windows, that's basically installed on all phones. That would be really boring. I use Android because it's currently the best platform by far, if something else comes along that's better, I'll use that instead.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      What did you think I meant, if not that? I agree completely, but that competition is a good thing is beside the point.

  • Keith

    I can see a market for WP7: users who want an unsophisticated smartphone experience.

    That might sound counter-intuitive but it makes sense. There's lots of people who just want a simple and easy to use phone with some extended functionality (better browsing, better email, apps) compared to a dumbphone. WP7 offers this in my opinion. Nice big tiles that you click on. This is a smartphone my mother could use. For this reason, I'm not going to write-off Windows Phone 7 yet.

    That said....this is a terrible deal for Nokia. To start with, they announced it way too early. Who the hell would buy a Nokia Symbian over the next year till they transition? Nokia just announced that all of 2011's production runs are obsolete. And then there's their choice. Symbian's user interface and user experience is closer in functionality to iOS and Android (I used to be a Symbian user) in my opinion. I can't see their existing user base going Windows Phone 7 instead. A lot of them will switch to iPhones or Android.

    Beyond that, there's also where they sell the phones: Europe and Asia....where Android is growing like gangbusters.

    All in all, this looks like a very risky strategy to me. Far riskier than adopting Android and slapping on their proprietary Ovi services and a custom UI on all their handsets. Now they get to allow Microsoft dictate their design decisions. Hope it works out for them.

  • Blood

    WP7: Awesome! I get to have better sycing with my PC, plus MS Word, PPT, Excell, MS Exchange, and Nokia hardware! Awww! come on critics. Besides Nokia still gets to tinker with the phone UI and like everyone said, easy to use, plus the social integration is way up there. I just hope Nokia starts naming its phones better