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Sony Ericsson says thanks but no thanks to Google Nexus One

Sony Ericsson CEO Bert Nordberg tells a Swedish newspaper that the company turned down the chance to build the Nexus One.

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Who says no to Google? Apparently, Sony Ericsson.

In an interview with Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan, Sony Ericsson CEO Bert Nordberg revealed that Google first approached his company to build the Nexus One smartphone but it turned the opportunity down, making way for HTC to produce it.

Berg said Sony Ericsson wants to release phones under its own brand only and prefers to rely on its own efforts to make it in the U.S. market. Now, we can certainly admire the company's determination, but come on, Sony Ericsson, there's a time when you have to put your pride aside and do what's right for the business. You don't exactly have the largest marketshare in North America, let alone the world.

Despite all this, Sony Ericsson is still committed to the Google's Android platform and even introduced two new Android devices at Mobile World Congress 2010, the Xperia X10 Mini and the Xperia X10 Mini Pro, which are both due out in Q2. The company's first Android phone, the Xperia X10, is expected to be released later this month.

(Source: ZDNet)