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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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RE: Seriously?
By Jeffk464 on 8/19/2011 10:50:03 AM , Rating: 1
Android has google doc integration that works pretty damn well. For everyone using google for their cloud stuff this is actually a pretty big advantage over win phone 7. Google cloud = docs, email, calendar, contacts, navigation, etc. I hope winphone7(man what a stupid name) stays around in case android gets off track, but as of now its pretty damn great. Winphone7's only advantage is simplicity, android has a tougher learning curve.


RE: Seriously?
By Jeffk464 on 8/19/2011 11:00:32 AM , Rating: 3
"2- 25 gig of Free Cloud storage or unlimited if you have a Windows home server OS $45.00"

I have to admit this is a pretty compelling feature. I use dropbox to do the same thing but am limited to a measly 2gigs.
You know it would be really cool if MS gave you the option to automatically backup your mydocs folder to this free cloud storage. Think automatic backup in case of hard drive failure etc. as well as easy access to your data from anywhere. If MS did this they might draw me away from android.


RE: Seriously?
By Jeffk464 on 8/19/2011 11:01:41 AM , Rating: 2
Hope your listening MS.


RE: Seriously?
By Ilfirin on 8/19/2011 11:14:25 AM , Rating: 2
? They do give you 25 GB of free skydrive storage, and all your pictures get synced up to it the moment you take a photo.

You also get Office in the cloud, which is a hell of a lot better than Google's docs.


RE: Seriously?
By Jeffk464 on 8/19/2011 2:13:11 PM , Rating: 2
I'm saying they need to tweak it, so that it automatically backs up and syncs your mydocuments folder like Carbonite. I would be using Carbonite but I'm being monthly feed to death already.


RE: Seriously?
By OoklaTheMok on 8/19/2011 3:03:53 PM , Rating: 3
Microsoft Live Mesh... You can backup your documents folder, or any other folder to the cloud. This isn't a new app, this has been around for years. I'm still surprised that people don't know about it. You can then access your SkyDrive from the phone and have access to your backed up files.

Now, if I understand correctly, accessing your SkyDrive in Mango will be even easier.


RE: Seriously?
By AmbroseAthan on 8/19/2011 4:32:32 PM , Rating: 2
For Android you would just use SyncDocs; auto-syncs between specified folders and Googles cloud. Same principal.


RE: Seriously?
By Jeffk464 on 8/19/2011 8:22:37 PM , Rating: 2
cool thanks


RE: Seriously?
By StanO360 on 8/22/2011 1:16:53 PM , Rating: 2
One of the main needs for cloud storage is for pictures and music. Now you have Google/Amazon with either free or cheap solutions. Not seamless, but pretty easy. That being said I am watching WP7 too, it is compelling on many levels.

Re:app usage I use my Android perhaps more than most (I am commenting on this website, that should tell you something) and have paid for very few apps. While I have deleted a lot of apps I also use a lot that may not be top shelf (Twitter, Wikipedia etc.).


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