Nokia boss Stephen Elop slams Google/Motorola deal

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Motorola and Google execs may be toasting each other’s health following this week’s big buy-out, but Nokia CEO Stephen Elop believes it could be damaging for the Android OS as a whole.

He’s suggested that by making Motorola a manufacturing bed-fellow of Google’s, other Android handset manufacturers like HTC, LG and Samsung may soon be given the cold shoulder.

“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 to say ‘I see signs of danger ahead.'”

Not passing up the chance to plug his firm’s partnership with Microsoft, Elop noted too that Windows Phone 7 is now even more vital as a smartphone platform option to Android and iOS.

“The very first reaction I had was to realise 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.”

Elop’s scaremongering may well be just an effort to plug Nokia’s own forthcoming Windows Phone 7 handsets, but perhaps his concerns aren’t totally without reason. Check our post, “Google buy Motorola Mobility: How fighting the patent war could damage Android” for more on the subject.

Via: Reuters

Gerald Lynch

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