In an interesting rumor coming out of TechCrunch EU we are hearing that Nokia was in talks with Google, Microsoft, AND RIM for an OS platform partnership. As many of you know by now Nokia chose Microsoft and Windows Phone 7 but its kind of interesting that they talked to RIM at all. Unlike Microsoft and Google, RIM actually makes the OS and the phone and, except for a short while with BlackBerry Connect, has never licensed their OS.
In a totally spin around we had Nokia’s CEO call the mobile ecosystem a three horse race with Apple, Google, and Windows Phone forgetting to mention BlackBerrys. This even drew a response from firebrand RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie saying “I don’t know how you can say we are not in the race.” He also answered that RIM is not enterprise focused since 80% of their subscribers are consumers.
Still it is funny to learn that while Nokia was talking with Google and Microsoft they were also talking with RIM. Makes you wonder why they would do that if they are not even in the race… It is just a rumor but a fun one at that. I just wish RIM would finally get around to announcing and releasing these upcoming BlackBerry Smartphones so that they can bring a figurative gun to a gun fight in the CPU and screen resolution race.
H/T to Dtib!