Google VP labels Microsoft and Nokia partnership as "Two Turkeys"

In a tweet that is likely to add fuel to an already well-burning fire, Google’s Vice President of Engineering, Vic Gundotra has all but named both Nokia and Microsoft as “Two Turkeys” in regards to their upcoming Windows Phone 7 announcement due on Friday.

In the tweet, Vic Gundotra used the hashtag #feb11 (the date that the Nokia/Microsoft announcement is set to be made) and said that “Two turkeys do not make an Eagle.” The tweet is seen as a direct message implying that Nokia is all but certain to go with Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 OS on upcoming handsets.

According to Fortune, Gundotra is believed to have been in on talks with Nokia about the likelihood of the Finnish company choosing the Android operating system for their handsets, but judging from his tweet, it looks like that will not be happening any time soon.

Nokia was once at the forefront of the smartphone revolution, but with the emergence of new platforms such as Android and iOS, they have struggled in recent years, and recently appointed Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has all but admitted defeat in the smartphone wars in an internal memo.

A deal between both Nokia and Microsoft could be the huge boost that both companies really need. Nokia last year reported a 40% drop in profits, and its success in the United States has left a lot to be desired. Microsoft also has some catching up to do, with Windows Phone 7 holding a mere 2% market share, as opposed to Android's estimated 32.5% market share.

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Benjy91 said,
You know what Google. **** you.

I used to like you.

Exactly what i have been thinking in recent months.

I remember Google actually acquired a company that made Andriod and made it open source. They started of with someone's half baked cookies and then presented it to the bakers for frosting and they are giving statements as if they had made something from scratch, offered it for free and still someone rejected it

But there is one history tied to this statement. Nokia's VP of Entertainment in 2005 gave the same statement when BenQ and Seimens[perhaps] partnered to take on Nokia in Europe. So, again a past EGO attitude from Nokia is being handed over to them here by yet another EGO-Filled Giant
Who knows what's on Google fate if they also receive the same statement some day!!!

Good, this confirms Nokia is going down the drain, and taking WP7 with it. This also confirms that this new exec was planted in there by MS, in a well thought out move. MS saw that Nokia was going down. What better than to send a guy in from your own camp, wait until all hope is almost lost, then make a push for an alliance with your home camp, and come up with a BS 'leaked' memo with a captivating story to ease the transition for old timers in the company. Well played MS.

People seem to somehow think that Nokia's present market share is going to help WP7. What they seem to not realize is that much of this market share is made from low cost, under powered devices. Its not like all these users are going to get a free upgrade to WP7. Neither are they going to be able to afford a $400+ phone. Coupled with WP7 minimum hardware requirements, I don't think WP7's market share is going to jump radically any time soon. Yes, there will be the Nokia fanboys and the Windows fan boys, but that is it.

After this, I wouldn't be surprised to see the credibility of Nokia handsets going down as well.

recursive said,
Good, this confirms Nokia is going down the drain, and taking WP7 with it. This also confirms that this new exec was planted in there by MS, in a well thought out move. MS saw that Nokia was going down. What better than to send a guy in from your own camp, wait until all hope is almost lost, then make a push for an alliance with your home camp, and come up with a BS 'leaked' memo with a captivating story to ease the transition for old timers in the company. Well played MS.

People seem to somehow think that Nokia's present market share is going to help WP7. What they seem to not realize is that much of this market share is made from low cost, under powered devices. Its not like all these users are going to get a free upgrade to WP7. Neither are they going to be able to afford a $400+ phone. Coupled with WP7 minimum hardware requirements, I don't think WP7's market share is going to jump radically any time soon. Yes, there will be the Nokia fanboys and the Windows fan boys, but that is it.

After this, I wouldn't be surprised to see the credibility of Nokia handsets going down as well.

WP7 going down ? I can't see it taking any huge leaps but Android had it easy.

recursive said,
Good, this confirms Nokia is going down the drain, and taking WP7 with it. This also confirms that this new exec was planted in there by MS, in a well thought out move. MS saw that Nokia was going down. What better than to send a guy in from your own camp, wait until all hope is almost lost, then make a push for an alliance with your home camp, and come up with a BS 'leaked' memo with a captivating story to ease the transition for old timers in the company. Well played MS.

People seem to somehow think that Nokia's present market share is going to help WP7. What they seem to not realize is that much of this market share is made from low cost, under powered devices. Its not like all these users are going to get a free upgrade to WP7. Neither are they going to be able to afford a $400+ phone. Coupled with WP7 minimum hardware requirements, I don't think WP7's market share is going to jump radically any time soon. Yes, there will be the Nokia fanboys and the Windows fan boys, but that is it.

After this, I wouldn't be surprised to see the credibility of Nokia handsets going down as well.

Ah you are so cute... You forget that WinCE can run on rather limited hardware that easily fits into the low cost device model, and has been doing so in places you probably don't even realize exist.

WinCE7 is here and is far lighter than Android or iOS, and is also independant of WP7 .net platform layer.

If Nokia wants, they could fully partner with Microsoft with WinCE running the cheap phones. However, they don't even have to, as they can keep doing what they are doing with their current mobile technologies.

Anyone else just starting to get really annoyed with Google's arrogance?

We have Nokia, that like or hate them, have shaped and been a part of the cell phone industry since it was being built, offering some of the best phones in the 90s for a price that helped make cell phones affordable to the average person.

Then we have Microsoft a company that does put a lot of money into R&D that has created technologies every company uses, including Google. And without Microsoft computers would still be quite a mess and a company like Google wouldn't have over a billion people able to use their search/services.

Then Google comes out with a condescending remark? Google has added 'little' to the world in terms of functionality or technology, but even beyond that even out of technical respect, Google should probably keep their mouth shut.

Gaffney,

Why is it good that Nokia is going down the drain? Wouldn't it be better if they and MS actually made this a 3 horse race - then we all win. I have never heard of a Nokia hater and MS is old news and not worth beating on.

I'm so sick of the Google Android fanboy's, talk about closed minded, I love Wp7, yet all the Anti Microsoft bias is BS, I was reading Robert Scobles blog today, that guy is so Anti Microsoft and he's such a Google fanboy he's just hard to take.

I love competition, I have a Mac Book pro and a Windows 7 notebook and like them both.

i just don't understand why some of these so called experts on the industry have such an anti Microsoft personal slant, yet go crazy over lame products like the Google Chrome OS.

Go figure.

People have a bad habit of scapegoating Microsoft when they can't be bothered to form an educated opinion. Not that Microsoft can do no wrong but they are often hated on because of sheer ignorance.

I love Nokia N8, but the Symbian OS is outdated, confusing, and quite slow to respond. I'd encourage Nokia to go for another O/S like Android or Windows Phone 7, unless if they can release a new innovative OS

Haha, so true. Two platforms that are going nowhere join forces to go err.. nowhere. This reeks of desperation from both Microsoft and Nokia.

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