There’s no doubt that Nokia has bet the house on Windows Phone being a success, but what if Microsoft’s metro-themed mobile platform fails? Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop has remained quite mum regarding this possibility, only going as far as saying “Plan B is to make sure that Plan A is very successful.” However, last week, during a televised interview that aired in Finland, Nokia’s Chairman, Risto Siilasmaa openly acknowledged that his company does in fact have a back-up plan in the event that Windows Phone should fail.
Siilasmaa didn’t get into details of what Nokia would do, but this won’t stop us from giving our two cents. If Windows Phone 8 is unsuccessful in gaining a large enough market share, we can see Nokia possibly making the move to Android. This situation doesn’t see the company completely abandoning Windows Phone entirely, but choosing to adopt Android as an additional mobile platform could possibly help pull Nokia out of the hole if Windows Phone 8 were to tank.
It should be noted that Siilasmaa did reinforce his confidence in Windows Phone being a success and that he is definitely not the only one who feels this way. IDC recently published a report pegging Windows Phone to surpass iOS by 2016. Nokia is set to post its 2012 Q2 financials on July 19th. If the company’s numbers aren’t what investors are expecting, then perhaps we’ll hear something about that back-up plan sooner than later.