After reporting disappointing fourth quarter financial results, it looks like Nokia is all but forced to shift to another operating system. It shouldn’t be too surprising though, looking at the fact that Symbian has already been dropped by Samsung.

Stephen to Elop-e with Android or Windows Phone 7

Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop says, __STARTQUOTE__ In addition to great device experiences we must build, capitalise and/or join a competitive ecosystem. The ecosystem approach we select must be comprehensive and cover a wide range of utilities and services that customers expect today and anticipate in the future__ENDQUOTE__
It's quite evident that if Nokia really wants to compete in the smartphone market, they will have to ditch Symbian. Many other companies like Sony Ericsson, Samsung, LG and Motorola have shifted to Google’s Android OS and their phones have done very well.

Analysts say that Stephen Elop’s earlier connection with Microsoft can also possibly see Nokia devices running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7. Obviously, Nokia also have Meego lined up as an option. It’s only a matter of time until Nokia makes a decision, with sources saying that Nokia will announce a strategy shift in February.

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