Android & Symbian Will Merge… SIKE

Analysts from J. Gold Associates pulled a Ms. Cleo, pretending they could predict the future. Like Ms. Cleo (back in the day), you saw their prediction EVERYwhere. You couldn’t flip webpages without seeing the same darn rumor: Android & Symbian will merge in the next 3 to 6 months.

As we’ve seen in recent weeks, millions of blogs began to propagate the crackpipe dream into reliable fact, republishing the wishful prediction as inevitable. Then everyone realized the dreads were fake, the Jamaican accent was impersonated and nobodies fortunes were coming true.

Dan Frommer from Silicon Alley Insider summarized it best, “Technical hurdle: You can’t just smoosh two operating systems together. Business hurdle: It’s hard to see either company giving up on their OS right now.”

I don’t think anyone has been “Siked Out” since about 1994… but history just hiccuped. Had it been done in a more Web 2.0 fashion, we could have at least said you were Punkd. But this was just a good old fashioned sike out. Meanwhile, the folks at Fool’s Gold & Associates are like, “IRIE mon. Yah be needin’ to ease-up on da boy, Jah know.”

It could happen… but its really, really not likely. Especially considering representatives from Google, Symbian and Nokia all said it isn’t going to happen. I wonder if LiMo feels lonely that nobody cares enough to include them in the OS mobile merger rumors.

Okay ladies and gentlemen, back to your regularly scheduled programming. Hopefully next time we interrupt you for a rumor, it will be for something a little more sexy… like a new handset? Show of hands?

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  • Gav

    It’s spelled Psych.

  • phandroid.com

    I beg to differ:
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=sike

    It’s slang. That would be like correcting someone typing “pwned” or “l33t h4ck3rs” and saying, “It’s actually owned and elite hackers”. Its meant to be spelled improperly because its a completely different word.

    If you played playground basketball there is a game that pretty much everyone plays. Some call it 21. Some call it 50. Some call it something else. Its pretty much the same thing with different variations.

    To me… psych and sike are two very different things. I’d be interested to know if others feel the same way or if I’m in the minority with this viewpoint. By the way, I think age and geographic location (and the combo) have something to do with how you perceive this issue.

    So… ???

  • Gav

    I suppose it’s a valid point. If it’s not a real word you can spell it how you like. So then sike is a perfectly cromulent way to spell it.

  • http://www.googleandblog.com/ Michael Martin

    I communicated with Mr Gold and he replied back stating that he has no information from either Symbian, Nokia, or Google regarding this predicted merger, but its simply a prediction as I posted today at http://www.googleandblog.com/symroid-android-symbian-made-in-heaven/337/

    I would like this to happen but feel Android would need to prove itself first and what would really interest Nokia is if Android does dominate the China market in the coming years.

    ,Michael Martin
    http://www.googleandblog.com/

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