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Google: We'd Have Loved to Partner with Nokia

With the dust still settling after Nokia and Microsoft’s newly-inked agreement to put Windows Phone 7 on Nokia smartphones, there’s a lot to discuss regarding the decision. One of the more popular questions over the last few days seems to be, “Why not Android?”

At the time of the announcement, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said he had discussed the possibility with Google but ultimately felt that Nokia could not differentiate itself in the Android market. However, it seems Google was more than eager to welcome Nokia to the Android family. Speaking during his keynote address at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that they “would have loved” to have Nokia on board and that they “certainly tried” to convince the lads in Espoo to take Android over Windows 7. However, all is not lost, as Schmidt also revealed that it’s not off the table completely. The CEO said the offer for Nokia to adopt Android at a later date is “still open.”

Speaking to All Things D later that same day, Schmidt said that he and Android chief Andy Rubin had talked quite a bit to Nokia, but declined to say how advanced the talks had been. “I would rather not go into it,” ATD cites him as saying. Schmidt did divulge that Nokia understood the Android operating system pretty well at the time. Though that could be a case of Nokia just doing its homework before an important meeting, it also could mean that Nokia was considering it seriously enough for it to still be on the table for future devices.

Would you consider waiting to buy a Nokia smartphone if you knew the company might enter into a deal with Google for Android-powered devices? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Right, and Apple would have loved to partner with Nokia as well!!
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  • jimsocks
    starting to get jaded with android updates, or lack thereof.
    and didn't google make fun of nokia after the initial announcement?
    something about 2 turkeys joining forces or something.
    why backtrack.
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  • vkelman
    I would definitely consider buying Nokia smartphone running Android. Nokia is known for its good hardware. (I would not likely consider buying Nokia WP7 phone.)
    "Nokia could not differentiate itself if using Android phones" is basically a BS: Android allows for incomparable more freedom than WP7, so that Nokia could well differentiate itself by creating customized Android ROMs and by using district hardware. Everybody understands that Microsoft basically bought /bribed Nokia by offering enormous amount of money. Plus, Nokia hopes that Elop has special relationships with Microsoft which would give it some unofficial advantages... It might be a big mistake.
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  • kronos_cornelius
    Look what Motorola did with the Atrix, why would Nokia not be able to differentiate itself. Nokia will suffer for it lack of confidence.
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  • CyberAngel
    Nobody makes a bad move when billions of dollars of profit are on stake.
    Me thinks M$ & Nokia are not stupid at all.
    I just sold my apartment and bought cheap stock. After three years of ownership I'm gonna seell them and buy a house with a garage for two cars
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  • lucky015
    WP7 will KILL Nokia if they make it fully exclusive, The one thing Nokia are known for is great hardware with a middle of the range OS, People would LOVE to buy a Nokia with Android on it, The hardware people have loved for years with the OS people want in this day and age.
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  • Yuka
    Remember those going with Android still have to pay MS some royalties.

    Going the Android way ain't the "free way" at all; just keep that in mind.

    Also, given Mr. Elop's history (simply taken, that is) he'll probably prefer closed OSes for tighter development, since even though u have Android, you still have to develop some of it to fit your phone; I still haven't heard of Google developing Android for specific phone makers, so I could be awfully wrong on that last statement.

    Cheers!
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  • vkelman
    I would definitely consider buying Nokia smartphone running Android. Nokia is known for its good hardware. (I would not likely consider buying Nokia WP7 phone.)
    "Nokia could not differentiate itself if using Android phones" is basically a BS: Android allows for incomparable more freedom than WP7, so that Nokia could well differentiate itself by creating customized Android ROMs and by using district hardware. Everybody understands that Microsoft basically bought /bribed Nokia by offering enormous amount of money. Plus, Nokia hopes that Elop has special relationships with Microsoft which would give it some unofficial advantages... It might be a big mistake.
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  • Khimera2000
    I wouldent really wait. what ever looks good when my contract is up ill probably get. the important thing for me is services since i really dont need the applications from android, zune, or the windows market place (softwear) for me it will come down to streaming services. The three things i want is something easy and quick to navigate, NETFLIX, and zune... although im willing to switch over to rhapsody for a droid if they switch there purchased music to a higher quality (I boycoted them a while back for this).

    In the end i dont really care what OS is running on my phone, I care about the quality of the stuff i put on it, Android if Rhapsody fixes itself (only thing stopping my buy), Win Mobile 7 if they dont. Any way it goes I have till Augest.
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  • vkelman
    Yuka,
    As far as I understand those going with Android currently do not pay MS royalties. That's what MS wants them to do, but not yet and hopefully never.
    But yes, I don't see Mr. Elop playing nicely with open OS...
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