Nokia Boss: Google is Making Android More Closed

The CEO of Finnish handset manufacturer Nokia has stated that Google is making its mobile operating system Android more closed. Chief Executive Stephen Elop, a former Microsoft employee responsible for Nokia/Windows Phone deal, had some strong remarks about Android as an ecosystem.

"The situation that Android is facing, where the amount of fragmentation that you're seeing is increasing as people take it in different directions, is of course offset by Google's efforts to turn an open ecosystem into something that's quite a bit more closed as you've seen quite recently."

Google previously decided to stop supporting the popular Exchange ActiveSync accounts service, a technology Windows Phone utilizes for push notifications for services such as Gmail.

Nokia, meanwhile, sold 4.4 million Nokia Lumia units during the fourth quarter of 2012, with overall sales of handsets being 86.3 million.

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  • Google taking more control away from other companies might be a good thing. Companies take the operating system and lock the hell out of it. Imagine getting an Android that you felt no need to root? One of the reasons I'm looking forward to the X Phone.
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  • evilsizerGoogle taking more control away from other companies might be a good thing. Companies take the operating system and lock the hell out of it. Imagine getting an Android that you felt no need to root? One of the reasons I'm looking forward to the X Phone.

    The only control I care about is end users. Fsck the carriers. I wish Google would strip them of all control and sell us handsets we want. We buy them, we control them.

    I wholeheartedly agree with you.
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  • I love how Microsoft (and it's partners) always blames this on Google; "Google previously decided to stop supporting the popular Exchange ActiveSync accounts service, a technology Windows Phone utilizes for push notifications for services such as Gmail."

    Hey Microsoft, MAYBE IF YOU DIDN'T CHARGE THEM RIDICULOUS ROYALTIES ON IT THEY WOULD STILL BE USING IT!
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  • Google taking more control away from other companies might be a good thing. Companies take the operating system and lock the hell out of it. Imagine getting an Android that you felt no need to root? One of the reasons I'm looking forward to the X Phone.
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  • While I do agree that Android is becoming a more closed ecosystem, it's still a lot more open than WinMo. The board needs to tell Mr. Elop to STFU about google and Android because everytime he opens his mouth about it It should make shareholders less confident in the company.
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