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Desperate Nokia Lashes Out At Google

Steven Blum
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(Photo: Engadget.com)

Nokia, which has seen a decline in relevence and popularity over the past few years, has a few things to say about the Google-Motorola deal, none of which are very kind. Desperate to be back in the news, Nokia released a statement following the deal hinting that they would rather team up with Windows on their next phone:

"This further reinforces our belief that opportunities for the growth of Nokia's smartphone business will be greatest with Windows Phone. This could prove to be a massive catalyst for the Windows Phone ecosystem. Additionally, with our respective intellectual property portfolios, Nokia and Microsoft are working together to build and nurture an innovative ecosystem that benefits consumers, operators, developers and other device manufacturers."

While some might say that Nokia is on to something (and we were just talking about how the deal could weaken bonds between smartphone manufacturers and Android) we're not reading too much into this. Strategically, this is all Nokia can do. They missed the Android ship, and Microsoft is all that's left. Now they may enter the patent battle on behalf of Microsoft, but that probably won't make anyone pay attention to them. 

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  • Anette West Aug 17, 2011 Link

    Look, I love Android as much as the next girl but this post is so obviously biased. Can we not discuss a rival's qualities without labeling everything that's not Android as somehow inherently lesser. I'm no fan of Windows 7 but no Android cult worshiper either.

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  • Steven Blum Aug 17, 2011 Link

    Me neither. I just think Nokia is desperate for some positive publicity at this point, given their well-publicized debacle with MeeGo. They need to somehow prove they're still relevant and latching on to Microsoft seems a bizzare way to do that.

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  • Lemar Williams Aug 17, 2011 Link

    I'm so sick of stories of Nokia...

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  • Zhu Lee Aug 17, 2011 Link

    Nokia is going through a sad death spiral....

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  • Foo S. Aug 17, 2011 Link

    Windows ain't ever gonna make it as a smartphone manufacturer. Mark my words!

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  • Peter Long Aug 17, 2011 Link

    It's such a shame, though. Nokia used to make such awesome devices in the pre-smartphone days. Those guys from Finland were the most reliable ever. It makes me hurt to look at them. Just switch over to Android already!

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  • Zhu Lee Aug 17, 2011 Link

    Are you crazy? No way in hell is Nokia going Android!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Gary walsh Aug 17, 2011 Link

    i haven't a clue what you people are talking about, more to the point I really do not think it matters.

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  • Zhu Lee Aug 17, 2011 Link

    what's the problem in discussing Nokia's statements on the subject? and why do you think that it "doesn't matter"? I mean, yeah, in the greater scheme of things it's kind of irrelevant, but what's the problem in talking about it?

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