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11/6/2007
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Eric Ogren
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Nokia To Embrace Android After All?

Of the seamingly few companies not included in yesterday's Android invasion was the world's largest maker of cell phones, Nokia. Yesterday, the company said it didn't think the new open mobile platform from Google was a threat. Today it changed its tune a bit.

Of the seamingly few companies not included in yesterday's Android invasion was the world's largest maker of cell phones, Nokia. Yesterday, the company said it didn't think the new open mobile platform from Google was a threat. Today it changed its tune a bit.Today Nokia clarified the Finland-based cellphone giant's stance on Google's Android. It is now taking a more neutral view of the open platform, and says it won't count out a partnership with Google in the future.

Kari Tutti, spokesman for Nokia's multimedia unit, noted in an interview with Reuters today that, "It's not ruled out at all. If we would see this as beneficial we would think about taking part in it. We should never close any doors."

The doors comment is a funny one. Nokia's new Internet Services division (which Tutti is closely associated with) is called Ovi, which means 'door' in Finnish.

Tangential puns aside, this is hardly a commitment from Nokia to go steady with Google. Android is clearly a platform that will compete with Nokia's Series 40 mobile platform. To what extent Series 40 and Android will really go head to head is yet to be determined. Given each company's size and worldwide penetration, it will be hard for them to avoid confronting one another.

I think a better strategy for both companies will be to work together on certain levels, rather than compete. If Google and Nokia can be open minded about each others' level of openness, there could be some truly useful innovations on the mobile front.

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