All about the Microsoft and Nokia partnership

Today is a big day for the mobile industry and will probably remember as the beginning of a new three horses races or the end of an empire (Nokia), depending on the future outcome of Nokia’s partnership with Microsoft. Instead of posting every single piece of news about today’s announcement I will simply direct you to the on-demand webcast of the event. I’m already seeing badly reported news popping up on some news sites so please check out the whole event to get all the relevant info. The important things that I want to highlight are the info that I posted on Twitter earlier during the meeting:

1) According to the NY Times, Nokia’s CEO had talks with Google and Microsoft which then led to a short bidding war to secure the deal (hundreds of millions of dollars) Google is obviously the loser today and now we kind of to why Vic Guntodra was so happy about it.

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Stephen Elop answers Google’s Vic Gundotra

Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop responded to Google’s Vic Gundotra’s Turkey quote earlier today on Twitter with a reference to the Wright Brothers:

Or this: Two bicycle makers, from Dayton Ohio, one day decided to fly.

I guess that Steve and Stephen / Nokia and Microsoft are now brothers in arms…Let the mobile war begin… Click on the related posts below or follow us on Twitter for more Nokia Microsoft coverage.

Nokia and Microsoft Partnership announced!

Looks like it’s a done deal. Nokia and Microsoft have just announced their strategic partnership with Windows Phone 7 becoming Nokia’s principal smartphone strategy. But it get’s even better; Nokia’s Ovi maps will be at the core of Microsoft Bing Maps! We are finally going to have great mapping content outside of the United States! This is a huge deal folks really huge deal.

Nokia and Microsoft Announce Plans for a Broad Strategic Partnership to Build a New Global Mobile Ecosystem

Companies plan to combine assets and develop innovative mobile products on an unprecedented scale.

LONDON – Feb. 11, 2011 – Nokia and Microsoft today announced plans to form a broad strategic partnership that would use their complementary strengths and expertise to create a new global mobile ecosystem.

Nokia and Microsoft intend to jointly create market-leading mobile products and services designed to offer consumers, operators and developers unrivalled choice and opportunity. As each company would focus on its core competencies, the partnership would create the opportunity for rapid time to market execution. Additionally, Nokia and Microsoft plan to work together to integrate key assets and create completely new service offerings, while extending established products and services to new markets.

Under the proposed partnership:

• Nokia would adopt Windows Phone as its principal smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader.

• Nokia would help drive the future of Windows Phone. Nokia would contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies.

• Nokia and Microsoft would closely collaborate on joint marketing initiatives and a shared development roadmap to align on the future evolution of mobile products.

• Bing would power Nokia’s search services across Nokia devices and services, giving customers access to Bing’s next generation search capabilities. Microsoft adCenter would provide search advertising services on Nokia’s line of devices and services.

• Nokia Maps would be a core part of Microsoft’s mapping services. For example, Maps would be integrated with Microsoft’s Bing search engine and adCenter advertising platform to form a unique local search and advertising experience

• Nokia’s extensive operator billing agreements would make it easier for consumers to purchase Nokia Windows Phone services in countries where credit-card use is low.

• Microsoft development tools would be used to create applications to run on Nokia Windows Phones, allowing developers to easily leverage the ecosystem’s global reach.

• Nokia’s content and application store would be integrated with Microsoft Marketplace for a more compelling consumer experience.

“Today, developers, operators and consumers want compelling mobile products, which include not only the device, but the software, services, applications and customer support that make a great experience,” Stephen Elop, Nokia President and CEO, said at a joint news conference in London. “Nokia and Microsoft will combine our strengths to deliver an ecosystem with unrivalled global reach and scale. It’s now a three-horse race.”

“I am excited about this partnership with Nokia,” said Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft CEO. “Ecosystems thrive when fueled by speed, innovation and scale.The partnership announced today provides incredible scale, vast expertise in hardware and software innovation and a proven ability to execute.”

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Samsung Orion Dual-Core processor now named Exynos: Commercial production starting next month

Samsung has just announced in time for Sunday’s MWC event that its Orion Dual-Core Cortex A9 (with NEON) SoC will be officially part of the Exynos line of chipsets. The previously announced Orion processor will actually be the Exynos 4210 and is supposedly going to power the soon to be unveiled Samsung Galaxy S 2 and Galaxy Tab 2 (Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy Tab II). This new SoC will feature a new dual-core Cortex A9 CPU clocked at 1Ghz and an ARM Mali-400 MP4 GPU (yes, no more PowerVR SGX). Check out the full specifications and press release after the break:

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