Nokia warns Android phone makers of doom

Android phone makers should be trembling with fear about Google’s deal to buy Motorola Mobility, the head of rival Nokia has warned.

Nokia Chief Executive Stephen Elop said that the $12.5 billion has generated some analyst concern about whether Motorola will get preferential treatment over rivals Samsung and HTC.

He said they were right to be concerned. If Elop was someone who was an Android manufacturer or an operator, or anyone with a stake in that environment, he would be on the blower calling Google to say he saw trouble ahead.

Although we guess if there was moonlight and music and love and romance, everything might be OK.

Elop did not say why he would be so concerned.  However all these things are done on a nudge, nudge, wink, wink sort of basis.   

Of course Nokia has little to worry about, it has teamed up with Google arch-rival Microsoft for mobile phone software, while phone makers such as Samsung Electronics, HTC Corp and Motorola have bet on Android.

Elop seemed smug that with the Google move it was jolly sensible that he had signed a deal with his old boss Steve Ballmer.

“The very first reaction I had was very clearly the importance of the third ecosystem and the importance of the partnership that we announced on February 11, it is more clear than ever before,” Elop told Reuters.

Of course there is a real possibility that users will not be interested in Microsoft software and the Nokia gamble on Voleware might also be misplaced.