Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia Corp., has warranted the company’s decision to leave Symbian OS for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 as its mobile operating system of choice after Google announced to acquire Motorola Mobility on Monday.
Like several analysts and experts, Elop believes that Google will switch from a partner who currently offers its Android OS to other companies to a direct competitor once the Motorola deal is completed.
On February 11, Nokia chose to drop support for Symbian and Meego, the latter of which is a joint project with Intel, and focus all future smartphone initiatives on WP7.
In a report from Reuters, Nokia’s Elop during an event at Helsinki said that Android manufacturers and carriers must be wary of “signs of danger ahead.”
Elop went on and said that after hearing the news, “the importance of the third ecosystem and the importance of the partnership” Nokia built with Microsoft is “more clear than ever before.”
Moving past Google’s Android may prove to be a wise decision from Nokia, but at 1.6 percent market share of mobile operating systems worldwide, jumping onboard the WP7 ship could be its worst.