View Poll Results: Should Microsoft go Android?

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  • Yes, with Lumia phones running Android

    14 9.33%
  • Yes, just Android apps, but no Android Lumia Phones

    27 18.00%
  • No, neither

    109 72.67%
07-12-2014 07:04 PM
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  1. mjrtoo's Avatar
    If they do say good bye to the entire idea of Windows Phone. They've already changed a lot of things that I loved about WP7, totally removed them from WP8.1. I'm sticking with it to see what happens, but if they go android, I'll probably head to iPhone, I think iPhone is a better environment than Android. It's kinda scary exciting...
    07-09-2014 08:38 PM
  2. peacefulberry's Avatar
    Well if blackberry embracing android is causing bb to gain an exponential share of the smartphone market, then maybe Microsoft should follow suit. (Translation: I think they need to stick to wp for now. )
    Mavee Shah and ajst222 like this.
    07-09-2014 08:59 PM
  3. werner6769's Avatar
    I am learning windows phone development and love the platform. Not sure what Microsoft is thinking if this is true. There is already too many android phones out there. The only way this could be any good is to showcase the live tile interface on top of android. Then hope people will like it so much they will go for the real thing. I must say that is how I made the switch. With a windows phone launcher on android. But that is a long shot. If the windows android doesn't come with google play or some other large app store, why would consumers who want the app numbers bother? If it does, you are encouraging everyone to get stuck into the android ecosystem. Not good. Why don't they put more time and money into advertising windows phone?


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    07-09-2014 09:36 PM
  4. Jeremy D S's Avatar
    Should Microsoft make a phone with the Google Play Store installed?
    Should Ford sell vehicles equipped with GM OnStar?
    Should Pepsi license the Coke formula and bottle it? (under the name Coke by Pepsi?)

    I don't think anyone can say for certain, but my most likely the answer is NO.
    Mavee Shah likes this.
    07-09-2014 09:47 PM
  5. a5cent's Avatar
    I was thinking about that, but I then thought it didn't make a whole lot of sense. If it was yes to both, (which would mean Microsoft would start making Android devices), then why would they need Android apps in the Windows Store? If Microsoft were to go Android, that would more or less mean that they are giving up on their own platform (If they plan on selling both Android and Windows Phones, that would just be stupid). That's how I see it, at least.
    Why not just allow for all combinations of answers, and not just those you think make sense? Even if you are right, wouldn't it be better to allow for all answers, so we can an get a more accurate view of what the community thinks? Not saying you must. It's your poll so it's your choice of course. Just an idea.

    BTW:
    I described a thought experiment showing how MS building Android devices could help WP. If you haven't read it, you might find it interesting (thread). Note that I created this thread before the Nokia X was released. The first few responses to my post are negative, because people couldn't' imagine Nokia would actually release the then rumoured Nokia X smartphone.

    I don't know. It might change you mind about MS building Android devices...
    Laura Knotek and rodan01 like this.
    07-09-2014 10:41 PM
  6. RavenSword's Avatar
    if they dont go android, then there going to need to find another way to close the app gap and market share problem.
    07-10-2014 01:25 AM
  7. ntice_521's Avatar
    Here's a thought, maybe Microsoft should sell the Nokia X line back to Nokia.
    07-10-2014 06:17 AM
  8. badr0b0t's Avatar
    No. You just need to buy a different phone running android. There's plenty out there. I too made a mistake of getting my Lumia 1520. WP OS is still very much in infancy stage up to this point. Anyway, I am still keeping my HTC One X (running an outdated Jelly Bean OS) for other stuffs that WP can't do.
    07-10-2014 06:52 AM
  9. ajst222's Avatar
    Well if blackberry embracing android is causing bb to gain an exponential share of the smartphone market, then maybe Microsoft should follow suit. (Translation: I think they need to stick to wp for now. )
    THANK YOU! Android apps are working so well for BlackBerry aren't they? With BB10 being allowed to run Android apps, all the developers are absolutely flocking to put their apps in BlackBerry World! No. Instead, BlackBerry partnered with Amazon for apps, and it's far too late for that. The Windows Store has made a lot of progress and is looking to be in good shape right. Don't throw all that native development away. What it would do is make native developers more likely to stop with their development thinking that Android ports will be coming, and they never will. That's how I see it. Even if Android apps do become popular on Windows Phone, native apps are still better
    07-10-2014 07:43 AM
  10. a5cent's Avatar
    . The Windows Store has made a lot of progress and is looking to be in good shape right. Don't throw all that native development away. What it would do is make native developers more likely to stop with their development thinking that Android ports will be coming, and they never will.
    That is just one big huge assumption however. You don't know how MS will handle Android app submissions. There are a million rules and restrictions MS could put in place, to keep native apps interesting.

    What if MS said this:

    If you've only got an Android app in their store, they take a 50% cut of your revenue.

    If you've got the Google Play version and a functionally similar WP app in the store, then they take a 20% cut.

    If you've got the Google Play version and a WP app in the store, and the WP app has a higher user rating, then the dev takes home all the revenue.

    This would instantly change the dynamic! You and many others are just jumping to conclusions. It could be as terrible an idea as you say, but it could also be completely different, depending on what MS does...
    rodan01 and Karthik Naik like this.
    07-10-2014 08:19 AM
  11. Karthik Naik's Avatar
    never android,maybe microsoft would rather go ios given the similiar design(modern/metro)
    if they go android and ditch wp completely im never buying a single MS product again and will go to a full apple ecosystem with a few bits of linux(not android) and BB10 here and there
    07-10-2014 09:40 AM
  12. EC Translating Services's Avatar
    In my case i'd be eager to use a few Android apps. In particular a keyboard and a few apps i absolutely need.
    - Pleco
    - Hanping
    - K9 for mail if it'll be issued
    - TouchPal X keyboard.
    - Some proper file manager
    - Docs to go
    - A bunch of widgets (those tiles are limited and honestly boring + they don't fix 3 rows but just two. They look ugly on a 1520.

    The OS, i can live with as is. It's much smoother than Android (for now).
    07-10-2014 09:40 AM
  13. Karthik Naik's Avatar
    That is just one big huge assumption however. You don't know how MS will handle Android app submissions. There are a million rules and restrictions MS could put in place, to keep native apps interesting.

    What if MS said this:

    If you've only got an Android app in their store, they take a 50% cut of your revenue.

    If you've got the Google Play version and a functionally similar WP app in the store, then they take a 20% cut.

    If you've got the Google Play version and a WP app in the store, and the WP app has a higher user rating, then the dev takes home all the revenue.

    This would instantly change the dynamic! You and many others are just jumping to conclusions. It could be as terrible an idea as you say, but it could also be completely different, depending on what MS does...
    this is very reassuring!! thanks!! even if its implemented or no,i guess WP will move forward well!!
    07-10-2014 09:45 AM
  14. anon(5344611)'s Avatar
    If Microsoft decides to start accepting Android apps in the Stores, what'd be the incentive for developing Windows / Windows Phone apps, as opposed to developing for Android, which would have a ridiculous amount of marketshare (because it'd include Windows / Windows Phone as well)? I guess developers would just keep developing for Android, submit it to the Stores, and call it a day.
    07-10-2014 11:02 AM
  15. ohgood's Avatar
    There's been a lot of discussion about this topic, and I think for good reason because it determines the future of where the company wants to go with Windows Phone and possibly even more.


    1 Do you think Microsoft should make Lumia smartphones running Android, and

    2 do you think Microsoft should allow Android apps in the Windows Store?
    1 yes! I want Nokia hardware with all the kickin applications!

    2 that's a coffin waiting for a body, but since wp isn't growing, it doesn't matter
    07-10-2014 11:09 AM
  16. girishN's Avatar
    I'm no hurry of apps but they should work and look fine on windows phone whenever they arrive.
    07-10-2014 11:29 AM
  17. buxz777's Avatar
    I will keep this short and sweet ...... no ..... they just need to pull their finger out and get things done quicker and throw more weight behind it ..... time from announcement to release is still slow .....,. updates are slow ..... app updates are behind and slow and when rumours like this start up if Microsoft isn't doing it they should come out and say so to show users they are 110% windows phone

    if I wanted android apps and phone I would have bought one , I like windows phone , it has now got more oems on board and has made good progress , apps need to be of the same standard as other o/s counter parts too
    theefman and Karthik Naik like this.
    07-10-2014 01:00 PM
  18. Phone Guy 4567's Avatar
    The fact that there's even discussion of MS putting out an Android Lumia, and MS continuing the Nokia X line to me signals MS acknowledging that WP is a failure. Sure there have been App gains recently but once the Apps come they get refreshed much more slowly then the Android or iOS counterparts, or worse they don't get updated and get discontinued.
    paulxxwall likes this.
    07-10-2014 01:10 PM
  19. angusdegraosta's Avatar
    I like squares and rectangles. Microsoft and Google need to work together on a win/win situation with apps, licensing fees, and whatever. Microsoft needs to stop scroogling itself over and work productively with Google. WP is growing at a snail's pace, but sure and steadily. There are many Samsung salesmen in the world who want to crap their nasty plastic turds in every last discussion and every tech article they can... fine. I vote for tiles.
    07-10-2014 01:35 PM
  20. badMojo69's Avatar
    I think Microsoft should go ballz out and crush Google directly! Their OS is a joke and their tablets are even worse.

    The Microsoft people at the top need to tell their team they want 20% market share in a year and then get the hell out of the way and let the people that know what needs to be done do it.

    Bill Gates knew how to crush competition and was damn good at it.
    Karthik Naik likes this.
    07-10-2014 04:28 PM
  21. TechFreak1's Avatar
    Will repeat what I said in a another thread about this, a lot of good this route did for blackberry didn't it?
    Look at the charts! the YoY growth is through the roof for blackberry. /s.
    07-10-2014 06:08 PM
  22. Jazmac's Avatar
    07-10-2014 08:50 PM
  23. angusdegraosta's Avatar
    Microsoft can add support for Android apps on Windows Phone.
    Or Microsoft can add support for Winrt (Windows Apps) to Nokia X.
    There aren't many differences in the products, time with tell what is the best technical solution.
    So, if rumors are true, Microsoft arrived to the conviction that they need the Android apps to succeed in Mobile, the objective is clear, they only have to decide the best way to do it.

    This sounds promising within reason. Some forms of cooperation can be moneymakers.
    07-10-2014 09:48 PM
  24. twint7787's Avatar
    From reading just about every article I could on this subject and listening to twit windows weekly; this would end badly either way. If they put android apps on windows phone no developer will waste time developing for windows phone. If they make a kick *** android phone all of their board members will ask why they are even bothering to make windows phone. I agree with other posts in here. They need to put their money where their mouth is and speed up development for windows phone. For the features we are getting the pace is entirely too slow. It's not going to cut it.
    07-10-2014 09:58 PM
  25. CSJr1's Avatar
    There is something skewed about a poll when you have two 'yes' choices and just one 'no' choice. I know this wasn't done intentionally and it very well could have been at the request of another member, but since it is not at all scientific, it is of little matter.

    Because of the source of this rumor, it is possible Microsoft has been trying to test Android apps on WP. I don't like the idea and no amount of policy ifs, ands, or buts would lessen the confusion of the Microsoft ecosystem if this happens. (Let alone my confusion now as I am in middle of development of my third WP app)

    My hope is that Microsoft really reads these forums and makes an adjustment in their plans to focus on WP instead of how to ride coat tails of Android.

    Just my 2 cents.
    07-10-2014 10:09 PM
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