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.