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Intel CEO Paul Otellini.  (Source: Androidheadlines.com)
Will forge ahead without Nokia because "the carriers want a third ecosystem"

Nokia's announced partnership with Microsoft has already had an adverse affect on some, particularly Nokia employees working on Symbian, because of what it means for the future of software developers at the Finnish company. But it's also drawn critics from another strategic partner of Nokia's -- Intel.

Nokia and Intel had been close partners on a new mobile OS, MeeGo, which was supposed to start replacing Symbian on all Nokia N-series devices in 2010. However, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop delayed it as the Microsoft deal was being worked out. Now, Nokia is shifting its focus again, to Windows Phone 7 to power its smartphones, essentially leaving Intel to go it alone with MeeGo.

Yesterday, Reuters reported on some statements Intel CEO Paul Otellini said in a meeting with analysts in London. He said Nokia was offered "incredible" amounts of money by Microsoft. Elop previously said, "the value transferred to Nokia is measured in Bs not Ms" -- billions of dollars, rather than million.

"I wouldn't have made the decision he made, I would probably have gone to Android if I were him," Otellini said. "MeeGo would have been the best strategy but he concluded he couldn't afford it." 

Still, Otellini said Intel would forge ahead with MeeGo, and will find another partner to replace Nokia. "The carriers still want a third ecosystem and the carriers want an open ecosystem, and that's the thing that drives our motivation," he said.



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By fteoath64 on 2/19/2011 12:55:39 AM , Rating: 2
Come on Paul,

Not that Intel cannot afford to offer money as well ?. But this was not it. It was the state of the Mobile OS, who the partner was, and how mature (and accepted by the developers) of the SDK ecosystem. On the OS and ecosystem, Meego has very little to show for so so long of hibernation (it is almost unbelievable).

For Nokia, WP7 was the only viable platform for them and having a giant who is willing to pour additional resources makes it a better deal. Also the ability to integrate to business solutions via Office is a very attractive feature that comes bundled. No other platform has such benefits. Also Nokia is not small, so they can be cautious of MS as well as cooperate to make a mutual success.
I was wondering 2 years ago about this alliance and fate has it now...




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