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Analyst: Nokia must adopt Android before it's too late

If Nokia doesn't start using Android for its smart phones soon, things don't bode well for the Finnish firm, one analyst reckons.

Nokia should chuck in its love-in with Microsoft and adopt Android while it still can, one analyst claims.

After Nokia's shares dropped by 2.6 per cent, Bernstein Research's Pierre Ferragu claimed the company's balance sheet is "in a rather tight net cash position" and its stock is overvalued, Barrons reports. Ferragu reckons Nokia will have to "take the pill before one cannot afford to do so anymore" and start making mobiles that use Google's Android operating system.

"[Nokia] is facing two structural challenges: its exposure to the disappearing feature phone market and the lack of traction of Windows Phones," Ferragu writes. "Both could cost Nokia a lot of cash in the near term, in restructuring, marketing/distribution support, and operational losses, which means it could be too late to address the problem in a couple of years."

That's right, he thinks things are so bad Nokia might not be around in a couple of years unless it changes tack.

Ferragu says the situation is "urgent", and that he "wouldn't be surprised to see Nokia adopting Android as its new low-end platform by year end."

The numbers don't sound good, from looking at Ferragu's calculations. But would Nokia ever adopt Android? The Finnish phone firm hasn't ruled it out.

Nokia is readying a Windows Phone-running version of its 808 PureView 41-megapixel monster. It's set to announce the Lumia 1020 (aka Lumia EOS) at an event in New York on 11 July. But it's not the only one with a next-gen camera phone up its sleeve. Samsung has already unveiled the Galaxy S4 Zoom, and Sony's Xperia i1 Honami is rumoured to pack 20 megapixels.

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