Schmidt: Google 'tried' to get Android on Nokia phones

Google was disappointed when Nokia chose to adopt Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform for its high-end smartphones, rather than Android, company chief Eric Schmidt said at Mobile World Congress on Tuesday.In a keynote at the Barcelona show, Schmidt also argued that Microsoft, not Facebook, is Google's main rival.

Google was disappointed when Nokia chose to adopt Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform for its high-end smartphones, rather than Android, company chief Eric Schmidt said at Mobile World Congress on Tuesday.

In a keynote at the Barcelona show, Schmidt also argued that Microsoft, not Facebook, is Google's main rival.

"We think Android was a good choice for Nokia and we're sorry that they made a different choice," Schmidt said. "We certainly tried." Analysts have previously suggested that any conversation between Google and Nokia was brief, and Nokia chief Stephen Elop has argued that Android hands too much power in the value chain to Google.

Asked how much of a rival Facebook was, Schmidt said users of the social network "use Google more", and there was "no evidence" that Facebook's advertising platform was having any negative impact on Google's own. He said Microsoft, with its Bing search engine and own advertising platform, was a stronger competitor.

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