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Google's 'Android' platform is no threat, says rivals

Posted: 08 Nov 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile Internet? cellphone?

It was a unanimous opinion from rival mobile software makers: Google Inc.'s entry into the mobile phone segment will propel market growth for mobile Internet services, according to a Reuters report. This response comes after Google unveiled an open software platform that aims to make Internet run better on handsets.

In the report, a Nokia spokesperson denied that Google's mobile strategy will pose a threat to segment veterans. A spokeswoman for UIQ, a smart phone software firm owned by Sony Ericsson and Motorola Inc., concurred and added that the move will boost action for the industry.

A Symbian executive said Google was not to be underestimated but faced a hard task. "We have been going nine years and have probably seen a dozen new platforms come in and tell us we are under attack," said John Forsyth, Symbian's strategy chief, as quoted by Reuters.

Handset giant Nokia, which declined to comment if it has been invited to join Google's Open Handset Alliance, said choice of software was becoming increasingly irrelevant in the market.

"We don't see this changing the competitive situation. Consumers' preferences are key and these are increasingly less dependent on technology platforms. There's only one Internet," the company spokesman said.

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