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Intel would have picked Android over WP7 if it were Nokia

Intel has said this week that it is actively searching for a new partner for its MeeGo operating system, after Nokia dropped support last week.  The company claims Microsoft offered “incredible amounts” of money to Nokia to have them switch over to Windows Phone 7 as their smartphone operating system of choice.

CEO Paul Otellini was even bold enough to say had he been in charge, he would have chosen Android over WP7, even though both Google and Microsoft offered substantial amounts of money.

Says Otellini of Nokia CEO Stephen Elop (via Reuters):

I wouldn’t have made the decision he made, I would probably have gone to Android if I were him. MeeGo would have been the best strategy but he concluded he couldn’t afford it.

Finally, speaking of MeeGo, the formerly joint venture between Nokia and Intel, Otellini says:

We will find another partner. The carriers still want a third ecosystem and the carriers want an open ecosystem, and that’s the thing that drives our motivation.
Some closed models will certainly survive, because you can optimise the experience, but in general, if you harness the ability of all the engineers in the world and the developers in the world, open wins.