– Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop said that the company rejected Android to avoid a “duopoly” in the mobile industry between Google/Nokia and Apple. He claimed that he was approached by both Google and Microsoft in the weeks leading upto the announcement. Nokia-Microsoft partnership will be like a licensing deal, where Nokia will pay Microsoft a fee to use its software. More

In another address at the MWC, Elop emphasized on bringing mobile data connectivity to less developed market and promised a “continuous enhancement and new investment” in the company’s mass-market Series 30 and Series 40 device portfolios, in addition to to expand its Nokia Money and Nokia Life Tools services and extend Nokia’s mapping offerings to Series 40 devices. More

– Google CEO, Eric Schmidt in his keynote address said that Google would have loved Nokia to have chose Android and the offer still remains open. He said that Android apps had tripled in the last nine months to 150,000. Google demonstrated ‘Movie Studio’, a new movie editing app for Android. More

– Ericsson’s CEO Hans Vestberg made a prediction that by 2015 today’s global mobile subscriber base will increase dramatically from the current 5.3 billion to a staggering 7-8 billion. More.

Twitter CEO, Dick Costolo, called on the mobile industry to integrate twitter to devices to work like water and deliver the same user experience on all devices. He also announced a crowdsource translation platform that will allow users to translate tweets into local languages.  More

Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer,in his keynote address, claimed that Windows Phone 7 was the most operator friendly platform and that the company is working to ensure that the mobile operators can add value over and above connectivity, distribution and customer service.  More

Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz announced plans to deliver personalized content on mobile devices based on context. Yahoo showcased a digital news stand, which it calls ‘Livestand’, that aggregates content specific to the user.  More

– GSMA announced winners of the Mobile App Challenges , a series of skills-based competitions aimed at the app developer community. The 2011 challenges included the Brand App Challenge, the Band App Audition and the mWomen Base of Pyramid App Challenge.  Press Release

– ConnectSIM, the Wifi enabled SIM card from Morpho(Safran Group) will be used by mobile operator Telefonica in a project designed to offer a SIM-based smart interactivity solution on Wi-Fi multimedia devices such as TVs, tablets, set-top boxes and other connected devices. Press Release

– Chinese telecom equipment vendor ZTE has bagged 18 TD-LTE contracts globally in 12 countries across Europe, the CIS and Asia Pacific, including India. Press Release

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