Google’s bombshell of an announcement to acquire Motorola shook the very core of the mobile world yesterday. Every major player was affected by it–either in a good or bad way. As a result, it was just a matter of time before Google’s archenemy, Microsoft, would respond to the news. And respond they did, in true Microsoft fashion.
Microsoft’s chief of Windows Phone, Andy Lees, said yesterday that the Google/Motorola acquisition makes Windows Phone the only mobile platform that offers “equal opportunity for all partners.” Uh what? Is Lees living in some kind of fantasy world where Nokia doesn’t exist? Did he somehow forget that Nokia is for all intents and purposes Microsoft’s mobile hardware division? It doesn’t get any more unequal for partners than that.
At least in Google’s case, the Motorola acquisition won’t influence who will make upcoming Nexus devices. And for the time being, Motorola will stay as a separate entity from Google. Now let’s take a look at how the Microsoft/Nokia “partnership” compares?
Let’s see, we have an ex-Microsoft employee running Nokia. Which announces months after taking charge that the company is betting the farm on Windows Phone. Then we have Microsoft sending truckloads of money towards Nokia so they can make Windows Phone devices. And finally, Nokia is able to work on the Windows Phone software stack, while also integrating services like Ovi Maps into Microsoft’s Bing Maps. If that doesn’t sound like an acquisition, I don’t know what does. The only difference is that Microsoft, at least on paper, gets to say that it doesn’t own Nokia. But we all know better.
So if you’re Samsung or HTC, which one of the two platforms looks the most equal to you? On one hand you have Google buying Motorola in order to protect the Android ecosystem, and on the other you have Microsoft and Nokia working closely together on Windows Phone. And to top it all off, there’s the whole “people are not buying Windows Phone devices” issue. Which pretty much invalidates any other “advantages” that Windows Phone might have over Android. But hey, at least you have to give Microsoft credit for trying its best to spread FUD about Android every time it can.