Inc.'s (GOOG) acquisition 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)
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
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.