I’m starting with Nokia’s announcement that Google search will be integrated with the Nokia Search application.
The story is all over the news. Maybe it’s just a slow news day, or maybe there’s more than meets the eye. Instead of me trying to explain it, I want you to.
What does this say about Google’s Android project?
What does this say about Nokia’s faith in its own technology?
Is this another nail in the coffin of rivals Yahoo and Microsoft?
Leave your theory, thoughts, and analysis in the comments section below. I’ll select the best one and add it to the bottom of this post–complete with a link to your web site.
So, have at it! Show me what you’ve got!
UPDATE: Just two opinions shared, so we’ll include them both! Thanks!
Corey Hammond Says:
Nokia is the worldwide leader as a cell phone manufacturer. By partnering with Nokia, Google extends its search feature worldwide. Nokia is also a good fit because they like open source. First, they utilize GSM technology in a lot of their phones which can be unlocked and transfered between carriers very easily(I believe most European cell phones are unlocked). As well, they offer a lot of phone with Symbian which is an open source OS. This is exactly what Google’s Android is as well, an open source OS. I’m not saying that Android would replace Symbian, but it could start showing up in Nokia handsets a lot easier than in other manufacturers. There were 77.3 million Symbian phones sold this past year which beat out Microsoft’s WinMo and Applie’s iPhone. Sounds like a good partnership for both parties.
Giun Sun Says:
There’s definitely more than meets the eye in this deal. Nokia’s search application already has Yahoo and Windows Live…and now with Google in the mix of things, it truly will be another “nail in the coffin” for Google’s rivals. News articles are saying this may be a defensive move for Nokia because of Google’s Android devices coming in the later half of 08. However, Nokia is quite confident in it’s platform, Symbian, and puts faith in it by adding Google to it’s search feature. A good arguement from Symbian would be that Google lacks experience in this field. It’s quite a challenge to develop a mobile OS indeed.
What does this mean for Android? Well, just because Google has dominated online searching and adversting, it doesn’t mean they can work the same magic in the mobile field…it’s quite a different beast in itself and definitely won’t be a walk in the park stuffing all those web tools into a tiny device. So this move could show that Google is losing some confidence in their platform in supporting Nokia…because it couldn’t possibly be a move from Google to use it as a doorstep into Nokia. With the buying of Trolltech ASA(a key player in linux handsets), consider the remote thought of Nokia using Google’s Android software destroyed. Since Trolltech has quietly joined the LiMO foundation (and thus Nokia joining through the back door), LiMO (body to promote a standard Linux) will not just be the weaker of the two now(the other being OHA, the independent group created in supporting Android), but a much stronger threat.