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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 AmbroseAthan on 8/19/2011 11:03:20 AM , Rating: 1
I cannot speak for iPhone, but Android does most of what you already said, even including the Mango items. There is almost nothing in that list I can't do on my phone (Evo 3D, Android 2.3.4) right now, 90% of it right from Google.

The few things I can't do are mainly MS items (XBox, MS Office integration, etc).

RE: Seriously?
By wpodonnell on 8/19/2011 11:18:14 AM , Rating: 2
An important part of the equation, however, is how it's done. Compared to iOS, I'm able to get in, get it done (whatever "it," is) and get out much more quickly and easily.

(How different is that vs Android? I don't have the experience to give a definitive answer, but Android felt a little kludgy to me (when I made the decision to move away from iOS, Android was my first consideration), and other than "openness," I didn't see what functionality difference it offered.)

RE: Seriously?
By AmbroseAthan on 8/19/2011 4:56:37 PM , Rating: 2
Most of it is as simple as just downloading an app or it is already built into the system. I didn't need to change settings or hunt through apps to determine how to do all of the below.

Going down the list Mitch101 posted...

1) Android has Google Docs integration (which can also sync with MS Office with the MS Office addon)
2) Google gives you free storage also, with cheap extra storage. Music itself is 20,000 songs, which going by my own music at 256kbps, you are looking at ~150+ GB's free at 20,000 songs.
3) My phone is wirelessly synced (music, docs, contacts, etc) without it being plugged in.
4) XBox, MS wins~
5) ZunePass can be used on Android...

in the Mango area:
-Just use Shazam
-I hold my home button for a second, multi-tasking, with 3rd party support
-Default android browser has had HTML 5 for a while now
-Google Goggles out for ages
-Already has voice typing
-Can easily create shortcuts to email folders (just use "add shortcut")
-GTalk integration, no facebook though (can use app)
-not sure what conversation email is...
-I can search my whole gmail from the integrated gmail on Android
-Lync seems like Google Latitude/Talk/Plus
-(I honestly have no idea on complex passwords)
-I can do this in my office, so assuming so
-I can do this in my office, so assuming so
-Android admittedly does not have podcasts/music buying ability... again you would use Zune or Amazon apps
-Google Navigation
-Sending texts to groups, just type the groups name in the "to" field
-Google Docs is an app for the integration
-Twitter is integrated as wanted
-Search button lets me search for apps using the keyboard
-3rd parties have access to my motion sensor/camera already.

RE: Seriously?
By fteoath64 on 8/20/2011 4:06:44 AM , Rating: 2
@AmbroseAthan: Well said and very true for 95% of people out there. I am sure the iPhone crowd could also say the same thing but they had to "do without" many things due to Apple's policies. They just accepted it instead of finding a proper solution.

The rest come down to the hardware features of the handset, eg GPS, Gyro, mag sensor, camera etc. In SE's case, the camera is very good and the new generation with Exmor sensor are excellent, so there is one differentiator that might just get more customers.
Sorry to say that WM7 will have to really prove itself to get any sort of momentum. I would not think it can push more than 10M units by end of 2012.

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