Huawei Talks Nokia Acquisition, Ditching WP Then Tries to Take it BackJune 18, 2013 No Comments
Earlier today, Huawei shocked the Windows Phone and Nokia community by hinting at a Nokia takeover. Speaking with the Financial Times, Richard Yu, chairman of Huawei’s consumer business group talked about acquiring Nokia.
Richard Yu, chairman of Huawei’s consumer business group
“We are considering these sorts of acquisitions,” he said. “Maybe the combination has some synergies but depends on the willingness of Nokia. We are open minded.”
According to ZDNet, he also stated that they would then in turn ditch Windows Phone and make Nokia exclusive to Android. Nokia was quickly asked about what was said but replied with the usual “does not comment on market speculation”.
Soon after however, Huawei’s vice-president for external affairs, Bill Plummer, told Reuters that Huawei “has no plans to acquire Nokia”. Could this be quick damage control as this information wasn’t supposed to be revealed or did Richard Yu have no idea what he was talking about.
I can’t imagine any of this sitting well with Microsoft however. Nokia is and I believe will remain, the largest Windows Phone OEM. Whether this was just a mistake or someone talking about preliminary discussions way too early, you have to imagine that Microsoft is weighing their options just in case. Better yet, trying to figure out how many zero’s they need to add to make sure Nokia stays exactly where they are.