Nokia CEO responds to Google’s ‘turkeys’ jab

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop responds to \'turkeys\' comment
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop responds to 'turkeys' comment

A few days ago, Google’s Vic Gondotra was taking some jabs on Twitter by saying that “Two turkeys do not make an Eagle.” with the #feb11 hashtag and many think this was a shot at the Nokia Microsoft partnership announced earlier today. Well, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is firing back.

“Two bicycle makers, from Dayton Ohio, one day decided to fly. #NokMsft #feb11” Nokia CEO Stephen Elop tweeted.

One has to think that Google’s Android was definitely in the running for what platform Nokia would switch to, even if Elop was a Microsoft man before taking the head role at the world’s largest handset maker. Reports suggest that it was a heated debate and negotiation and Google’s Android just didn’t make enough sense.

Getting Nokia to support Android would have secured it as a dominant mobile operating system because Nokia, for all its faults, is still the largest handset maker in the world. Additionally, Nokia Android phones could have potentially been on the low and mid-tier too, giving Google’s platform extraordinary reach.

Still, Google Android is growing like a weed and it has partnerships with multiple partners including Motorola, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson and others.

As for the Nokia Windows Phone 7 deal, we’re pretty anxious to see this marriage bear fruit. For all the guff we gave the N8, the hardware was pretty impressive even if the Symbian OS was a nightmare to use. While Windows Phone 7 isn’t perfect, it is a fresh take on mobile computing and it looks like it will only get better as we get software updates.

So, can two turkeys really become an eagle? The Nokia Microsoft deal has the potential to be very good but both companies have the reputation for not being quick enough to match innovations in the market. Let’s hope we get a product soon.

[Via MobileTechWorld]

  • Anonymous

    ““Two bicycle makers, from Dayton Ohio, one day decided to fly. #NokMsft #feb11? Nokia CEO Stephen Elop”

    What an odd thing to tweet. Besides not being a particularly accurate metaphor – the Wright Brothers created something new whereas NokMsft aren’t, it’s also not that inspiring as at first they only got about 10 feet into the air and didn’t go very far. You don’t fly in Wright flyer these days, you fly in a Boeing or and Airbus.

    • “two turkeys do not make an eagle”

      what an odd thing to tweet, considering this merger consists of the #1 OS maker in the world and the #1 handset maker in world.

      What an odd metaphor, two turkeys can never make an eagle anyway..

      • Anonymous

        MS are the #1 desktop OS maker but they’re the #5/#6 mobile OS maker so they are a turkey on that front. Nokia are the #1 dumb/feature phone maker but they completely lost their way with smartphones, so they’re a bit of turkey there.

        Also, “two turkeys do not make and an eagle” is a well know business saying, usually used when two failing companies merge. NokMsft might not be a merger, but it’s close.

        • That’s not a well known saying at all.. i’m old enough to have heard most if not all business saying since i’ve been in the corp world for oer 27 years now.

          MSFT was selling 20 million a year on average windows mobile devices foi 4 years straight. Negative people similar to yourself said the same when they launched wince in 2003 going up against palm.

          That is correct, #1 in desktop OS, that tells you they are the best in making an OS.. by the way, almost all geek sites prefer wp7 and everyone that does purchase wp7 they are extremely happy with it.

          msft products that started slowly that eventually dominated or became top product
          xbox.. everyone laughed at MS, not they are #1
          windows server
          windows mobile
          exchange
          office
          mice and keyboards

          next top product?
          windows phone

          it’s obvious you’re a msft hater, but common sense needs to be used when judging a company

          • Anonymous

            Here’s a Nokia executive using the phrase “two turkeys don’t make an eagle” with regards to the Siemens Mobile/BENQ merger http://in.reuters.com/article/2010/05/12/idINIndia-48430520100512?pageNumber=2 I’ve heard somebody use that phrase every time two weak companies merge, probably for the last 10 – 15 years, so I’m guessing you haven’t been listening too hard in your 27 years in the corp world.

            Speaking of Palm, look how well turning to MSFT did for them. Or even better, have a look what happened to Sendo when they became MSFT’s best mobile friend forever.

            ” that tells you they are the best in making an OS.”

            No, it tells me that in the distant past they had some really, really good business people who screwed IBM over (twice) and then used some sharp, and at times illegal, business practices to make sure their OS was used by OEMs. Now they’re running on inertia. At no point have they made the “best” OS from any technical standpoint.

            As for XBox – they had to through an ungodly sum of money to achieve that position (and they’re not number #1, the Nintendo Wii is still, somehow, #1) with only 2 competitors to fight against (and in the first round, the Nintendo GameCube was a bit of a joke). In the smartphone space there are several competing platforms for MSFT and dozens, if not hundreds, of hardware competitors for Nokia.

            “it’s obvious you’re a msft hater”

            No, I don’t hate microsoft. I’m not a MSFT fan boy either – like most companies they’ve had their successes and they’ve had their failures.

            “but common sense needs to be used when judging a company”

            Yes, and common sense says that Nokia and MSFT have both failed dismally in the smartphone space, so how exactly is a tie up going to help either of them?

          • Anonymous

            Here’s a Nokia executive using the phrase “two turkeys don’t make an eagle” with regards to the Siemens Mobile/BENQ merger http://in.reuters.com/article/2010/05/12/idINIndia-48430520100512?pageNumber=2 I’ve heard somebody use that phrase every time two weak companies merge, probably for the last 10 – 15 years, so I’m guessing you haven’t been listening too hard in your 27 years in the corp world.

            Speaking of Palm, look how well turning to MSFT did for them. Or even better, have a look what happened to Sendo when they became MSFT’s best mobile friend forever.

            ” that tells you they are the best in making an OS.”

            No, it tells me that in the distant past they had some really, really good business people who screwed IBM over (twice) and then used some sharp, and at times illegal, business practices to make sure their OS was used by OEMs. Now they’re running on inertia. At no point have they made the “best” OS from any technical standpoint.

            As for XBox – they had to through an ungodly sum of money to achieve that position (and they’re not number #1, the Nintendo Wii is still, somehow, #1) with only 2 competitors to fight against (and in the first round, the Nintendo GameCube was a bit of a joke). In the smartphone space there are several competing platforms for MSFT and dozens, if not hundreds, of hardware competitors for Nokia.

            “it’s obvious you’re a msft hater”

            No, I don’t hate microsoft. I’m not a MSFT fan boy either – like most companies they’ve had their successes and they’ve had their failures.

            “but common sense needs to be used when judging a company”

            Yes, and common sense says that Nokia and MSFT have both failed dismally in the smartphone space, so how exactly is a tie up going to help either of them?

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