Back in early September, Microsoft announced it was buying Nokia’s smartphone division in a move that is meant to help Microsoft’s solidify its in-house hardware development efforts. For many Nokia fans, this news was pretty upsetting – especially for those of us that dreamed of the day we’d see a Nokia handset running on the power of Android.
Further throwing sand in the wound, it was later revealed that Nokia had been actively developing an Android device in a goal to move beyond just Windows Phone, though Microsoft’s bid obviously changed the company’s plans.
Although we admire former Nokia employee J. Parda’s bold efforts with the Nokita project, we think it’s time to finally let go the notion of the an Android-powered Nokia future
Is there hope that the deal will end, and that we will still see Android running on Nokia’s excellent hardware? Honestly, we’d strongly bet against it at this point. That said, a new project aims to change the course of history by working to outbid Microsoft and bring back the dream of a Android-powered (or even Linux) Nokia handset.
Going by the name “Nokita”, the project’s goal is to attain enough funds to outbid Microsoft and give Nokia another option. That means they’d have to raise $7.2 billion dollars. While the idea is a bold one, let’s be honest: it has very little chance of succeeding.
Sure, Blackberry’s buyout deal isn’t happening and the company is (sort of) sticking around under a new plan, but the situation is different for Nokia. What’s so different? Microsoft, that’s what.
Even if by some crazy turn of events Nokita is able to raise enough money to outbid the original offer, Microsoft could easily turn around and sweeten the deal by offering more. Microsoft has a nearly infinite stream of cash, and will likely stop at nothing to make Nokia theirs.
Making the idea even more impossible is the fact that Nokita only has two weeks left to accomplish it’s goal, as the Nokia board is expected to finalize the purchase by November 19th.
Although we admire former Nokia employee J. Parda’s bold efforts with the Nokita project, we think it’s time to finally let go the notion of the an Android-powered Nokia future. Nokia simply bet on the wrong horse. It’s a sad to see a once-amazing company effectively go the way of the dinosaur, but sometimes that’s just the way of the world.