Google admits to talks with Nokia before Microsoft union

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Google had admitted in its Mobile World Congress keynote that it held “confidential negotiations” with Nokia in order to have it be one of the big name users of the Android platform before the Finnish mobile maker chose to partner with Microsoft and Windows Phone 7.

“We would have loved that they had chosen Android. They chose the other guys, that other competitor, Microsoft. I think we are pretty straightforward,” he told the conference.

“We would like them to adopt Android at some point in the future and that offer remains open. We think Android was a good choice for Nokia. We are sorry they made a different choice.”

Some saw the tie-up between Microsoft and Nokia as the only way Nokia could continue to be relevant after Symbian was lauded to be an unusable operating system for a generation that is dominated by touchscreens rather than keypads.

The tie-up between Microsoft and Nokia hasn’t got its fans. It’s share price has fallen 20 percent since the announcement was made, and negative reactions within the company have seen the unions getting involved after the deal could result in some 5,000 of the 20,000 strong workforce being axed after it will ditch Symbian as a main operating system.

The first Nokia phone with Windows Phone 7 is expected to be out this year, with many more phones coming out in 2012. The tie-up may have also been the reason why Nokia has opted not to release any new phones at the conference.

Source: Independent Ireland