Google lost to Microsoft in Nokia race

 
Steve Dinneen
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GOOGLE chief executive Eric Schmidt has revealed his firm was in “advanced” talks to provide its Android operating system for Nokia handsets before the Finnish handset maker signed an agreement with Microsoft.

Schmidt said Google “would have loved it if they had chosen us over the other guys. We certainly tried.”

Nokia instead chose to work with Microsoft, and will use its Windows Phone 7 platform on its handsets from later this year.

Android is the fastest growing mobile platform, overtaking Nokia’s soon-to-be retired Symbian, with 3,000 activations every day.

Schmidt used his Mobile World Congress Keynote to offer an olive branch to network operators, who say companies like Google put pressure on their networks through services such as YouTube without paying for the burden.

He acknowledged that the investment cost to operators is “very high”, with demand for network space growing faster than wireless capacity.

He said Google is looking at sharing search revenue on mobile devices but added that governments should play a part in better managing mobile spectrum.

Schmidt also did not rule out a sensational $10bn (£6.23bn) bid for microblogging site Twitter.

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