Nokia is about to learn the hard way just why a majority of smartphone and tablet makers don't have their lineups plastered with proprietary Microsoft software all over them. Redmond may have paid Nokia hundreds of millions to develop its flagship products, all of which run various versions of Windows Phone operating systems; but their agreement reached a point late last month, where Nokia would have to begin to pay Microsoft billions in royalties, which is not the best thing to have when you're struggling to regain relevance in the mobile computing industry à la BlackBerry.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, in an interview with the Australian Financial Review, stated that his company is "willing to consider" development of tablets running the royalty-free Android operating system by Google.
"We would consider any option [Android or Windows] … It is important to note that the opportunity for companionship is something that any user is looking for. So, when you think about the Lumia 920, running on Windows phone, having a Windows tablet or PC or Xbox is something that will give us the opportunity to have a pretty integrated experience. Our first focus on what we look at is clearly in the Microsoft side," Mr Elop said.
Clearly, the prospect of having to pay royalties akin to licenses of Windows 8 to notebook manufacturers, is getting to Nokia.