After a turbulent ride for Nokia in recent months, with share prices falling rapidly due to uncertainty about its future, it seems the deal between Nokia and Microsoft is officially off.
And, in a surprising turn of events, the Finnish mobile phone maker that shunned Android in favour of Windows Phone 7 has opted to merge with Google instead.
The deal is worth ‘a lot’ according to a Nokia spokesperson, but it must be completed by no later than 12pm today in order to be legally binding. Otherwise Nokia will be left out in the cold with no smartphone strategy at all, forcing the company to return to selling toilet paper.
The combined company will become known as ‘Nookle‘, after threats of legal action from Gok Wan over the other possible name, Gokia.
It remains to be seen how long it will take for people to get used to ‘Nookling it’ or finding their way around with ‘Nookle Maps’. However one long-time Nokia fan told What Mobile that the name ‘Nookle Maps’ was a far better name than ‘Ovi Maps’, which according to him: “sounded like some sort of made up joke name”.
UPDATE: 12pm; It seems that regulatory issues have forced this deal to be shelved.
The new search engine in action (may not yet work in your region):