Nokia Android Netbook in 2010


eeeAn analyst from Lazard Capital Markets (Daniel Amir) wrote a research note this mroning claiming Nokia will launch an ANdroid netbook in 2010. It would be sold through the carriers and possibly positioned as a larger smartphone rather than a smaller PC – a big mistake if you ask me.

“In our conversations with ODMs, we have confirmed that Nokia is planning to enter the netbook market with a Google Android, ARM-based netbook that would be sold at carriers. Considering this market is dominated by the PC players, we believe Nokia could face an uphill battle to succeed in this market.”

I don’t think an “oversized Nokia N97” as VentureBeat explains it, would be a terrible idea even running Android. But why would you position it as an oversized N97? Give these type of products a new brand name and position them as smartbooks or netbooks or what have you but, unless I’m mistaken, Zack Morris was the last person who was happy to have an oversized phone.

Being sold through a carrier you’ll also be looking at a monthly service charge as opposed to simply purchasing the hardware and relying on your nearest WiFi connection to do the trick. If there is a downfall to this model – THAT would be it. If Nokia makes a compelling product why shouldn’t it be able to compete through non-carrier retail channels? Price could be one concern… but 2010 is still plenty far away so we’ll keep our eyes on this developing story. And all Android Netbook developing stories, really.

[Via GigaOM]

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  1. Nokia and Android !!! i find that hard to believe, i really doubt it’s going to happen

  2. Nor me, but there will be lots of others..

  3. @Maj

    Agreed. Nokia is so intertwined with Symbian, I find this almost impossible.

  4. @RM
    Actually Nokia has a long relationship with Linux. Maemo has been around since 2005.
    Also of more import and relevance are these two stories:
    Symbian may be great as a “plain” phone OS but it will not be a good solution for the convergence of phone+PC where Android, Moblin, Maemo are so well situated.
    I have not yet heard a mention of Nokia+Android and since Nokia is now involved with two other linux derivatives the rumors seem a bit unreliable but even if it is not android based, it will be an awesome device.

  5. From form factor, wrong OS.

    Let the FAIL begin.

  6. I can see this it working IF it was a size between netbook and PPC. Something larger than a phone but still pocket size, large pockets lol

  7. Y not its possible cauz Symbian which is open source n so is Android n feel nokia will bring this out

  8. I’m thinking small MID — maybe a 4.5″ – 5″ display, filling the front surface of the handset (so it doesn’t have to be much lager than an iPhone, which “wastes” all that surface area on two sides of the display). And think “web centric”. And designed primarily for landscape use — wide screen. (Saw a demo by a while back that was eye opening as to what’s possible in pocket-size web-access devices.)

  9. Nokia plans to launch an ARM-based netbook that relies on the Google-pioneered Android mobile operating system in 2010, writes Lazard Capital Markets analyst Daniel Amir in a research note issued this morning. In the same note, he predicts that the total number of netbooks sold worldwide will reach 25 million in 2009 vs. 10 million in 2008, with the majority of them being Intel-based machines running Windows.

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