In a damning assessment of the Nokia Microsoft smartphone tie-up, IHS iSuppli principal analyst Will Kidd has said that the troubled mobility firm would have made a "better choice" had it instead partnered with Google.
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In a damning assessment of the partnership, announced last Friday, Kidd writes that the agreement is "likely to have a negative near-term impact on Nokia's smartphone shipments".
"Nokia is eliminating any incentive for consumers and developeras to buy into its existing smartphone products. With the Microsoft deal unlikely to yield any products for nearly one year, Nokia will have no choice except to remain awkwardly reliant on the Symbian and MeeGo platforms."
The longer-term prospects also look rocky, says Kidd, as it adds uncertainty to Nokia's overall outlook.
"This forebodes ill for Nokia, which doesn't need additional doubt in its story as it strives to maintain consumer and developer interest."
Has Nokia made a costly mistake?