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The “Reason” Why Nokia Said No To Google Android

Ask a good number of smartphone enthusiasts and they may have told you that Nokia should have ditched Symbian in favor of Android a long time ago. Why, then, did the Finnish phone giant opt out of embracing Google? Why did it choose Microsoft instead?

Apparently, according to Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, they opted for Windows Phone 7 to because they wanted to avoid a “duopoly.” They were concerned that the Nokia-Google tandem would create a market wherein it’d only be them and Apple. Instead, Elop says they “wanted to create a challenger.”

Right, because everyone would much rather be a strong third than split the top spot with one other party. Right, because it has nothing to do with the fact that Elop was formally playing for the same team as Ballmer and Gates. I’m not necessarily saying that going with WP7 is bad move (though the stock drop and massive exodus appear to indicate otherwise); I’m just saying the avoidance of a duopoly isn’t that good a reason.

Either way, it’ll be interesting to see how these two juggernauts combine their efforts. Bing Maps or Ovi Maps? Ovi Store or Windows Marketplace? Or, more likely than not, we’ll get some Frankensteined combination of the two.

[MWC]

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3 comments

  1. after 15 years of owning only nokia phones, today I’ve got an android.
    goodbye nokia!

  2. stock dropping prices indicate nothing but people fearing change, thats it.
    Nokia going with WP7 is a great move, we can’t let the smartphone market be controlled by only two major companies (Apple and Google)
    iOS still needs a lot of work (to all fanboys just shut up)
    Android … not even gonna start
    there’s a need for a third competitor to make everybody think seriously and develop things for better experience
    eventhough MS released their OS relatively a while ago it still didn’t really take off
    Nokia is going to make that happen

  3. When a big business tells you it decided something as huge as this and it was because it wanted a “challenge” rather than wanting to make money, then run a mile in the opposite direction as they’re telling their customers big fat porkys!

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