Google attacks Nokia and Microsoft with bird analogy

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Just after Nokia CEO Stephen Elop's "our platform is burning" memo leaked out, Google's vice president of engineering Vic Gundotra has attacked both Nokia and Microsoft with a bird analogy: "two turkeys do not make an eagle." Not only does the analogy have some history, but it also basically confirms that the Finnish company will not be going with Android (unless Gundotra is being unnecessarily rude).

Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia's former Executive Vice President for Markets, said the exact same thing in 2005 about BenQ buying Siemens' money-losing mobile handset business. Then again, Vanjoki also likened mobile phone makers that adopt Google's mobile operating system to Finnish boys who "pee in their pants" for warmth in the winter. Still, while Gundotra has got his revenge a little late (Vanjoki was denied the job as CEO and thus left Nokia), the situation is different than it was six years ago: Microsoft is not buying Nokia. Here's Gundotra's tweet:

#feb11 "Two turkeys do not make an Eagle".

The February 11 hashtag is important here: on Friday, at the company's Capital Markets Day event, Elop will be detailing Nokia's strategy going forward. The rumors keep building that the company will adopt Windows Phone 7. Even if it doesn't, it's becoming increasingly likely that Microsoft is going to play a part in the announcement, especially given that Elop worked for Redmond from January 2008 to September 2010 before joining Espoo.


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