Nokia chief Stephen Elop has seized on Google’s acquisition of Motorola’s mobile business as an indication of ‘danger ahead’ for Android smartphone manufacturers.
The ex-Microsoft boss of ailing Finish phone maker famously turned down Google and the Android operating system to replace Nokia’s flagging internal software efforts, instead turning to Microsoft for Windows Phone.
"If I happened to be someone who was an Android manufacturer or an operator, or anyone with a stake in that environment, I would be picking up my phone and calling certain executives at Google and say ‘I see signs of danger ahead,’" Elop said according to a Reuters report.
Elop appeared to suggest that Google’s move had justified Nokia’s decision to partner with Microsoft, describing the move as being important to foster a ‘third ecosystem’, other than iOS and Android.
Nokia has yet to ship a device running Windows Phone and the firm’s second quarter financial results revealed an unprecedented crash in smartphone sales of 30 per cent.
Following shocking financial results that showed a 32 per cent crash in smartphone sales, Elop claimed Nokia was "making better-than-expected progress toward our strategic goals."
The firm has yet to announce a Windows Phone powered device.