News

Nokia CEO Elop sees 'signs of danger' for Google’s Android partners after Motorola Mobility acquisition

Warning over possible preferential treatment

Nokia CEO Elop sees 'signs of danger' for Google’s Android partners after Motorola Mobility acquisition
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has spoken out about Google's recent $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, suggesting that Android vendors such as Samsung and HTC should be concerned about the possibility of preferential treatment from Google.

"If I happened to be someone who was an Android manufacturer or an operator, or anyone with a stake in that environment, I would be picking up my phone and calling certain executives at Google and say 'I see signs of danger ahead'," Elop told a Helsinki seminar.

Though Nokia itself did consider Android for its next major smartphone platform, the Finnish firm decided to align with Microsoft and Windows Phone in February, given the perceived "commoditisation risk" associated with Google's mobile OS.

Elop appeared to justify the decision to enter into the broad smartphone partnership with Microsoft when commenting further on the Google-Motorola deal:

"The very first reaction I had was very clearly the importance of the third ecosystem and the importance of the partnership that we announced on February 11, it is more clear than ever before."

And whilst Elop foresees trouble in store for the various rival Android manufacturers as a result of the Motorola purchase, our own Jon Jordan agrees that the Nokia head is most likely delighted to have dodged a potential bullet.

[source: Reuters]

When Matt was 7 years old he didn't write to Santa like the other little boys and girls. He wrote to Mario. When the rotund plumber replied, Matt's dedication to a life of gaming was established. Like an otaku David Carradine, he wandered the planet until becoming a writer at Pocket Gamer.

Comments

No comments
View options
  • Order by latest to oldest
  • Order by oldest to latest
  • Show all replies