Google, Samsung Cry Foul Over Microsoft-Nokia Tie Up

Microsoft and Nokia have big plans in the mobile arena in China. But Samsung and Google have big concerns. The Android camp has joined forces with Chinese mobile phone makers to let ChinaEUs Ministry of Commerce know where they stand on the deal.

According to a Bloomberg report, Google and Samsung asked China to make sure the $7.5 billion bid doesnEUt result in higher fees on wireless technology patents that will remain with Nokia. The paper cited EUtwo government officials familiar with the matter.EU

Bloomberg reports that the companies, which also include Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp., are worried Microsoft will gain more power in the local smartphone market or may abuse its patents. The parties want Chinese regulators to set conditions on the deal, the paper said.

Why is Google Afraid?

We caught up with Roger Entner, a principal analyst at Recon Analytics, to get his take on the opposition. He told us at some level GoogleEUs complaint is hypocritical, given that the company acquired a major handset maker called Motorola for $13 billion.

"In China, Windows Phone has an impact," Entner said. "It has more market share than in the U.S. Google is afraid of what impact a stronger Nokia in the Chinese market could have on Android sales. ItEUs a typical competitive move and itEUs a self-protective move."

Entner said Samsung has similar motives. Nobody wants a stronger competitor in any market and a Microsoft-Nokia tie up certainly makes for a stronger competitor, even though Windows Phone 8 is not a dominant force in China or other nations.

Checking the Box

Indeed, globally Android has 78.9 percent of the smartphone market, with Samsung leading the charge on Android devices, according to market research firm IDCEUs latest report. Apple has 14.9 percent market share while Windows Phone comes in a distant third with 3.9 percent. Blackberry...

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