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Nokia CEO Stephen Elop was talking smack about Google's purchase of Motorola. But should people in glass houses throw stones? Nokia just shacked up with Microsoft.  (Source: Boy Genius Report)
He says that Motorola acquisition could lead to waning support from Google

Is Google Inc.'s (GOOGacquisition of top Android handset maker Motorola Mobility, Inc. (MMI) a sign that Google is headed towards a first-party hardware model like Apple, Inc. (AAPL)?  Should other Android phonemakers like HTC Corp. (SEO:066570) and Samsung Electronics (SEO 005930) be worried?

It's hard to answer whether the massive deal will even pass U.S. Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice scrutiny, let alone answer far reaching questions like those.  But rival phonemaker Nokia Oyj. (HEL:NOK1V) is happy to inject its predictions into the mix.

At a Helsinki, Finland seminar, former Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) Canada exec. and new Nokia CEO Stephen Elop was channeling a bit of psychic, predicting the deal would take a dire turn for Android handset makers.  He warned that they should "watch out", stating to Reuters, "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.'"

Mr. Elop opines that the perceived difficulties with the Motorola Mobility acquisition emphasize why Nokia and Microsoft's partnership was a good idea.  He states, "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."

Ironically, many see things quite differently and draw parallels between the two deals.  While Microsoft did not take ownership of Nokia, it entered a deep partnership, which included IP cross licensing and a complete commitment by Nokia to Windows Phone 7.  Many Microsoft executives even have migrated to Nokia under Mr. Elop's leadership.

In related news, Mr. Elop hinted that Nokia is moving along with the transition to Windows Phone 7 was heading along well, commenting that 25,000 to 30,000 new apps (presumably formerly Symbian apps) had been delivered by Nokia's developer community to the WP7 platform.

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Stephen Elop has a point
By Mitch101 on 8/19/2011 9:38:15 AM , Rating: 1
I think the merger will be blocked on two fronts Mobile Phone Manufacturers and Cable Companies.

Samsung, HTC, etc should be concerned that Motorola mobile will get special treatment in the deal and they will no matter what is said or done. So I see other mobile companies blocking this merger.

I heard an interesting twist that this move gets Google TV into Motorola set top boxes for cable and into the home of consumers. Motorola being one of the largest manufactures of cable boxes. I'm betting Cable companies are concerned over this as this positions Google very close to the movie rental/PayPerView business. I cant see cable being happy about you getting your movie rentals from google in the boxes the cable company is providing so I see Cable Companies looking to block this merger. I don't believe anyone in cable trusts Google even if that functionality isn't made into set top boxes.
YouTube adds 3,000 titles to its movie rental service
YouTube gets Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, Lionsgate and other studios to offer their movies on its website the same day they are available on other on-demand services.

Its a brilliant move on google if they pull it off and win for consumers but Im not sure its going to happen.

RE: Stephen Elop has a point
By Sazabi19 on 8/19/2011 9:57:27 AM , Rating: 2
This seems really farfetched

RE: Stephen Elop has a point
By XSpeedracerX on 8/19/2011 1:18:38 PM , Rating: 2
"Samsung, HTC, etc should be concerned that Motorola mobile will get special treatment in the deal and they will no matter what is said or done."

Didn't work for the nexus. Sammy's still making the Nexus prime. Moto won't be making the premiere device for ICS.

"So I see other mobile companies blocking this merger."

By doing what, exactly? The world of private enterprise isn't a democracy; HTC and the like have as much power to stop GoogleMoto as Sprint does to stop AT&T&T-Mobile.

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