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Nokia Hints Motorola/Google Merger May be Bad for the Industry

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Nokia's CEO, Stephen Elop has warned Android smartphone manufacturers to be wary of Google's decision to buy Motorola Mobility.

As a conference, Elop said that analyst concerns about Google tightening its hold on the Android platform and being a manufacturer at the same time were right.

"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,'" the Reuters news agency cited Elop at a Helsinki seminar.

He also said that the move reinforced Nokia's decision to team up with Microsoft and ensure there is at least three major operating systems in the marketplace.

"The very first reaction I had was very clearly the importance of the third ecosystem and the importance of the partnership that we announced on February 11, it is more clear than ever before," Elop said.

If Google does try to mistreat Android manufacturers, there are alternative operating systems around, from Symbian, which is largely open source now, MeeGo and even Samsung's Bada platform could be options for handset manufacturers.

On the web: Reuters

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