Reactions to Google’s announcement have been varied, and they tend to go to one of two extremes. These are epitomised in these two articles, of which the heading says it all: “Google’s mobile move: awe-inspiring and terrifying” at InfoWorld and “The Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Phone Is Doomed” at PC Magazine. The excited people tend to see Google as great and being able to shake up the industry the same way it did the internet, while the grouches say strategic alliances are what companies do when everything else they’ve tried has failed.
Nokia has clarified its position on Google’s Open Handset Alliance/Android announcement, saying it would consider working with it: “It’s not ruled out at all. If we would see this as beneficial we would think about taking part in it,” said Kari Tuutti, spokesman for Nokia’s (NYSE: NOK) multimedia unit…”We should never close any doors” reports Reuters. Of course, the initial comment had simply been that the Google effort wasn’t a threat, so it’s hardly a change of tune.
Mobile Linux is getting a boost thanks to the Google OS, but it’s been pointed out numerous times that Google isn’t the first to try a Linux-based mobile OS (normally in a dismissive way). LiMo (solidified in January) is working on one with the blessing of Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) and DoCoMo. The idea is to standardize the handsets OS, and LiMo is relying on pressure from its carrier friends to get put into handsets. This is a different tactic from Google, which is widely seen to be competing with carriers, reports GigaOM.
The iPhone is stopping AT&T (NYSE: T) joining the Open Handset Alliance, reports the Wall Street Journal. “Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) is still weighing whether to join, a person familiar with the company’s thinking said. AT&T, in part because it exclusively carries Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) Inc.’s iPhone in the U.S., is restricted from partnering with Google, people familiar with the matter say.” The carriers are also concerned that if Google wins spectrum in the upcoming auction it will be a competitor. Google is also likely to share ad revenue with carriers.
FCC chairman Kevin Martin has supported Android, which is unsurprising considering his rhetoric about openness, reports CNet.
Fake Steve Jobs has a post too, which amused me by implanting the concept of someone at Apple deriding people for going ga-ga over something just because of the company doing it.