MSFT) Windows Phones. Now Nokia is selling about seven million smart phones each quarter and struggling to maintain its market share. In a Financial Times article Tuesday, where Huawei chose to publicly muse about the idea of merging with Nokia, the company said it would be open to it only if Nokia stopped being reliant on Windows Phone. In other words, Nokia has to become an Android shop. It's unlikely there's going to be a Nokia-Huawei merger anytime soon. Why would Nokia suddenly decide to throw in the towel on Microsoft now? Huawei says that it hasn't been a success yet. Nokia is likely to want to give it more time.
It's not clear. The market seems to be believing that this public musing is the first step to starting a bidding war for Nokia, or at least forcing Microsoft into reacting by buying Nokia. I doubt that Steve Ballmer will be suckered into that though. He'd be effectively bidding against himself for the company. It's odd the way these Chinese companies -- Lenovo and now Huawei -- seem to think the best way to buy or merge with a Western company is by negotiating through the media. This certainly seem to be the wisest move to buy a company at the lowest price. However, today is another reminder that the smartphone market is still a big, important and growing market. As much as the media like to conclude that it's a two-horse race between Apple ( AAPL) and Google ( GOOG), there are many other players like Huawei, Lenovo, and others (think HP ( HPQ) and Cisco ( CSCO)) that still are likely to be very interested in the space. That's good for BlackBerry ( BBRY) and Nokia. At the time of publication the author was long BBRY and AAPL. Follow @ericjackson This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.