google, microsoft & nokia

What about Android? Elop admitted at Fridays event that Nokia had also courted Google in the months leading up to its decision to back Windows Phone, but the company felt that Android was heading in the wrong direction, with "prices, profits, everything" being pushed down at a rapid rate as the Android platform commoditizes. "The ... value would be moved out to Google, essentially," he said. He also noted that Google was very eager to snatch Nokia from Microsoft, noting that a Google/Nokia "duopoly" would have had a "decisive impact" for Android. "Were the swing factor," he said. "We can swing it to Android or swing the industry over to create a third ecosystem." Google has since downplayed the loss of Nokia publicly, of course.

via Paul Thurott.