Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia announced at Mobile World Congress a series of new mobile phones running Android.
It is a departure for them, where they have also reworked its own applications to run on that platform.
This includes the popular maps app, Here, which can essentially be used as a sat nav device – with its off-line, downloadable maps.
We asked Dirk Didascalou, Nokia’s Senior Vice President, Mobile Phones Research and Development – could Here maps come to Google Play? Seeing as it can now run on Android.
He responded – “We are not affiliated with Google”
“In that sense, this [Here maps] is competition”
“For us, we want people to download everything in our store [Nokia Store], when it comes to Nokia X”
“I cannot speak about the future, with what’s happening with Here and the new Nokia strategy”
“If that happens it will happen, if not, then it won’t”
“From today’s perspective, as Nokia, it would make sense”
“What happens when we have been acquired, is a different story”
That indicates that Nokia could do it, but it would be down to Microsoft, at the end of the day.
We asked the same question about the Nokia MixRadio free music streaming app, with its off-line downloading – with the same response given.