Symbian CEO Wants to Work With Google on Mobile OSes?

Some odd things have happened in the tech industry over the years but this one seems stranger than fiction. Nigel Clifford, CEO of Symbian, made a striking statement in Tokyo this week when he said “If there is an opportunity, we will be happy to collaborate with them. And that could be on the application level or that could be on the more fundamental operating system level.” And what is it that he was referring to? Why working with Google, of course! Just weeks after the Nokia deal was completed, Symbian may be warming to Google as well as Android?

What the heck is taking place here? Is it possible we could see a joint venture by Google and Symbian where they will merge Android and Symbian together to make one big Open Source powerhouse? Or is it that Mr Clifford is just sucking up to the big G? We leave you to make that decision for yourselves as we try to understand and find out where all this could lead to.

Let us know what you think about Clifford’s comments and/or the potential that exists when two super powers join forces.

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  1. Translation: “We, Nokia, want in on the tens of billions of dollars to be made with location aware Mobile AdSense advertising.”

  2. This is great, it’s basically Nokia thinking about interoperability. Imagine if Microsoft had worked with Apple and Linux at the beginning of the PC OS wars and that they had found some kind of interoperable standards for apps. Or maybe this is more like if the people working on Ubuntu Linux were working together with the people making RedHat Linux on interoperable standards for features and apps.

    I think Nokia knows that these new ARM based OSes are going to take over not only the mobile phone world, but probably also the PC and laptop worlds right after that. Since when you’ve got a device that gives you perfect Internet experience in your pocket, you might also plug it to a dock at work that displays that functionality on a larger 19″ screen and provides keyboard and mouse interface.

    Nokia did just spend hundreds of millions on Symbian and Qtopia. But even that amount of money isn’t really much for Nokia, Nokia makes like 80 billion dollars in revenue each year. So perhaps Nokia will want to focus on its core competency which is delivering hardware. And perhaps if Android turns out to become the standard mobile phone OS, since it’s open and free, perhaps Nokia won’t have any problem simply using that and working on implementing the best versions of that.

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