Intel CEO: Nokia should have gone with Android

Paul Otellini believes Nokia made the wrong decision by choosing Windows Phone 7

Nicole Kobie
18 Feb 2011

Nokia should have opted to use Google Android instead of Microsoft's mobile platform, according to Intel's CEO.

Last week, Nokia announced it was migrating to Windows Phone 7, and sidelining its Symbian OS as well as its MeeGo joint project with Intel.

Paul Otellini said Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop had "incredible offers" from both Google and Microsoft to use their operating systems.

"I wouldn't have made the decision he made, I would probably have gone to Android if I were him," he told a conference call with analysts, according to Reuters. "MeeGo would have been the best strategy but he concluded he couldn't afford it."

Earlier this week, Elop said the deal would be worth billions to Nokia.

Otellini said Nokia might find it hard to make outstanding handsets stand the Microsoft platform. "It would have been less hard on Android, on MeeGo he could have done it," he said.

Despite losing Nokia from the MeeGo project, Otellini believes the mobile OS still has a future. "We will find another partner," he said. "The carriers still want a third ecosystem and the carriers want an open ecosystem, and that's the thing that drives our motivation."

"Some closed models will certainly survive, because you can optimise the experience, but in general, if you harness the ability of all the engineers in the world and the developers in the world, open wins," he said.

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