Could 2011 be the year we see Nokia make an Android handset or hop on board the Windows Phone 7 bandwagon?
CEO Stephen Elop set online tongues a-wagging with a passing comment about the manufacturer's plans after disappointing Q4 2010 financial results.
While discussing the financials, Elop said, "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."
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Like Fern Gully, but with phones
When Elop says 'ecosystem', we can safely assume he means 'operating system' or even 'app platform', with Symbian^3 dividing opinion and failing to ignite US success for the Finns.
Nokia is already working with Intel on MeeGo, a brand new OS set to hit the market at some point early this year; but that 'and/or join' phrasing offers a tantalising hint that the company is considering other existing platforms.
Nokia is staying tight-lipped on the matter today, however, refusing even to comment on the rumours. Read into that what you will.