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Stephen Elop to Android phone makers: ‘I see signs of danger ahead’

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has said that he’d be worried right now if he were heading an Android phone maker that wasn’t Motorola.

Reuters quotes Elop speaking at a seminar in Helsinki saying that “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 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.”

Of course we’d expect the Nokia frontman to be bullish; the Google/Motorola announcement came out of nowhere on Monday and has all but overshadowed the reveal of the Sea Ray; Nokia’s first Windows Phone 7 effort that’s expected to be shown at Nokia World 2011 in October.

The Sea Ray, which is shaping up to look like an N9 running WP7 post-Mango looks set to be nothing short of incredible. But there’s no denying that Android had greater market presence compared to WP7 and Nokia, who hasn’t made a big-selling smartphone in years, is on the back foot.

HTC, LG and Sony Ericsson all trooped out to voice their approval of the deal on Monday and Google has given some lip service regarding keeping Android open. Still, we can’t help but feel that HTC et al can’t be feeling just a little bit worried that a new pecking order may emerge. Their statements are all pretty much the same as each other in wording and content, which makes us wonder.


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