Google, Motorola Deal Worrisome, Nokia CEO Says

By Bizclik Editor


Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has warned that Google’s recent $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility could be worrisome for other smartphone manufacturers like Samsung and HTC. Now under the wing of search engine behemoth Google, other smartphone manufacturers that use Google’s Android Operating System could take a backseat, with Motorola receiving precedence.

“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,’” Stephen Elop told a Helsinki seminar, as reported by Reuters.

* Microsoft Launches New Mango OS
Samsung and Google Introduce Chromebook
* Nokia Still Leads Smartphone Pack

Still, the new relationship will ultimately increase healthy competition in the mobile device marketplace. It also increases the competition between Nokia and Google, as Nokia has a partnership with Microsoft for its smartphone OS, Windows Phone 7. “As for Nokia, Elop appeared to suggest that Google's move reinforced the logic for Nokia’s agreement with Microsoft,” Reuters reported.

“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,” Elop said.

Shares in Nokia rose by 12 per cent earlier in the week to trade at $6.00 after Nokia said that the Google decision reaffirmed its partnership with Microsoft and Windows.   Nokia said the move could serve up a “massive catalyst” for the entire Windows Phone ecosystem. 

Elop noted that since Nokia’s signed a deal with Microsoft in February, there are now 25,000 to 30,000 applications delivered for the upcoming platform.


Featured Articles

Exec interview: Brook Sims, COO, MAC Diversity Recruiters

Passionate about helping others find their voice, diversity leader and COO Brook Sims talks powerful leadership, diverse teams and being a change agent

Best new books that will make you a better leader

From inspiring CEO memoirs to strategic guides, these new books dish up plenty of principles, strategies, and anecdotes to help you become a better boss

5 Mins With: Jeff Li, founder and CEO of Shoplazza

Named in Fortune China’s 40 under 40 for 2022, former Baidu head Jeff Li is the entrepreneurial founder and CEO of ecommerce platform Shoplazza

Workplace special – the changing nature of the office

Leadership & Strategy

Meet Shanique Bonelli-Moore, DEI leader at Clorox


Forterro CEO Dean Forbes – inspirational leadership

Leadership & Strategy