Android vs Windows Phone 7: At least one handset maker thinking about it

The blockbuster deal between Motorola and Google is forcing many of the smaller handset makers to rethink their reliance on Google’s Android operating system. INQ, the company that came up with a Skype phone and a Facebook phone, is now looking at supporting Windows Phone 7.

The truth about scoops

In the age of blogs, companies give scoops to the media outlet with the ability to instantly amplify news. But this instant amplification of the news is changing the very idea of what a scoop is, and that change alters the very nature of news.

Google might have more patents than Apple, but so what?

Google could hold more patents than Apple, according to intellectual property investment bank MDB group. On paper at least, it looks like it could put Google and Apple on equal legal footing. But in reality, there are a few reasons why that won’t happen.

Nokia says Google-Motorola deal may help Windows Phone

This further reinforces our belief that opportunities for the growth of Nokia’s smartphone business will be greatest with Windows Phone. This could prove to be a massive catalyst for the Windows Phone ecosystem. Additionally, with our respective intellectual property portfolios, Nokia and Microsoft are working together to build and nurture an innovative ecosystem that benefits consumers, operators, developers and other device manufacturers.

Nokia provided us a with an official statement in regard to Google’s $12.5 billion bid to purchase Motorola Mobility(s mmi), suggesting the deal could be good for Microsoft’s(s msft) mobile platform. I agree and alluded to that potential earlier today saying, “Now that Google will in some sense be competing with its hardware partners, some of them could choose to invest more resources in Microsoft’s platform as a result. In that scenario, Microsoft wins by gathering more handset support without needing to buy a hardware maker.”

Google(s goog) has said it will run Motorola as a separate business, but that may not prevent current Android handset makers from fully trusting Google going forward. Instead of fully embracing Android then, where else can these companies turn but to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, which is the last major mobile platform available for licensing? Call me crazy, but for the first time since the Apple iPhone(s aapl) was introduced, I actually think Nokia is in a good position!

Googlerola: What the Web is saying

How about that for some big news on a Monday morning? The $12.5 billion deal for Motorola Mobility has huge implications across the mobile and living room markets and could signal a stronger position for Android as it fends off patent infringement claims from Google rivals.

Exclusive: Guess who else wanted to buy Motorola?

Google may not have had much of a choice when it came to buying Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. If it didn’t, someone else would have, putting the company in an even bigger patent hole. Who else was interested in the company? Read-on and findout.

Now common in 5 of 6 mobile platforms: total control

Since 2007, Apple has led the way in a tightly integrated mobile product, combining hardware, software, ecosystem and IP. Competitors have taken notice because four of the six main mobile platforms have followed; the latest is Google’s purchase of Motorola. So where does this leave Microsoft?

Google’s Motorola buy won’t give it what Apple has

Google wants to “supercharge” Android with its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, but what exactly does that mean? Some think we’ll see Google try to provide a hardware/software platform combo to rival Apple, but there are a few big reasons why that won’t happen anytime soon.