Nokia hints at adding another OS

Chief executive Stephen Elop's remarks during an earnings call suggest the handset maker may embrace Android or Windows Phone 7, after reporting mixed quarterly results

Nokia has suggested that it may consider using another mobile operating system to make itself more competitive, as it reported mixed fourth-quarter results and a weak first-quarter outlook.

Nokia's market share was 32 percent in mobile devices in 2010, down from 34 percent in 2009. Nokia's fourth-quarter sales were €12.7bn (£11bn), up six percent from a year ago. Fourth-quarter profit was €745m, down from €948m a year ago. The company also projected first-quarter profit margins of between seven and 10 percent, down from 11 percent in 2009.

In a conference call, Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop hinted that Android or Windows Phone 7 may be in the company's future. Via Reuters, Elop said "we must build, catalyse or join a competitive ecosystem". Naturally, those comments led to the idea that Nokia might launch an Android phone and enter the US market.

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