Did Google turn down an alliance with Nokia?

BusinessWeek has a new post up furthering the rumors of a partnership between Nokia and Microsoft based on conversations with a person in the know who of course wanted to remain nameless.

This part of the rumor has pretty well be done to death but in the same post another interesting tidbit came out regarding Google and Eric Schmidt.

Nokia Chief Executive Officer Stephen Elop has held talks with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about putting Microsoft’s mobile operating system on Nokia phones, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the discussions were private. Elop also held talks with Google CEO Eric Schmidt about using Google’s Android software, the person said. Those discussions are unlikely to lead to an alliance, according to another person familiar with the matter.

This puts an interesting spin on things but as with the Microsoft angle we’ll have to wait until Stephen Elop makes his transformative announcement in the near future.

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