Google Mocks as Nokia Shelves MeeGo Smartphone

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mobiletv.jpgADOTAS – It’s a late response to a departing Nokia exec’s comparison of handset-makers employing Android to Finnish boys wetting their pants for warmth, but on Twitter, Google Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra has a zinger regarding a rumored partnership between Microsoft and Nokia: “Two turkeys do not make an eagle.”

That’s a reference to something Nokia quipped when Siemens sold its handset division to Taiwan’s BenQ. Apparently Nokia will build a handset for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 OS — and possibly kick its Symbian OS to the curb. For the first time, Android smartphones beat Nokia’s Symbian smartphones is fourth-quarter global sales, but Symbian is still the most widely used OS in the world.

Gundotra’s tweet is also a little insult to injury on the same day Nokia shelved its MeeGo smartphone before it even launched. The MeeGo rollout had been in doubt since Ari Jaaksi, VP in charge of MeeGo-powered devices, left the company in October during a wave of executive departures that included CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo (replaced by Stephen Elop, a Canadian Microsoft veteran) and EVP Anssi Vanjoki (maker of pant-peeing analogies). But MeeGo is not necessarily no-go — Nokia may exhibit an unfinished MeeGo-powered device at its investor day on Monday.

Elop smells trouble and sent a memo to rally the Nokia troopers, comparing the stagnating mobile-maker’s current state to an oil rig on fire. (Again with the analogies!) Word is a major shakeup is coming to the Finnish company as Elop unveils a turnaround strategy at investor day.

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