Nokia boss warns Android makers over Motorola deal
Android handset makers should be worried about Google’s purchase of phone manufacturer Motorola Mobility, according to the boss of Nokia.
Nokia has teamed up with Google arch-rival Microsoft for mobile phone software, while phone makers such as Samsung, HTC and Motorola have bet on Android.
But Android manufacturers should be worried that Motorola could get preferential treatment from Google, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said.
“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 saying ‘I see signs of danger ahead’,” Elop said at a Helsinki seminar.
According to Elop, Google’s move into hardware justified Nokia’s agreement with Microsoft, when it committed to using Windows Phone 7 as its main operating system,
“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 11 February, it is more clear than ever before,” Elop said.
He also said that since the February announcement of the deal with Microsoft, there have been 25,000 to 30,000 applications developed for the upcoming platform.