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Nokia's Anssi Vanjoki
Exiting Nokia exec guns for Android

There has been a lot of turmoil at Nokia in the past few weeks. Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo was ousted and replaced by a former Microsoft exec, Stephen Elop. Just days later, Executive Vice President Anssi Vanjoki announced that he would leave the company within six months.

With all the hubbub surrounding these departures and Nokia's efforts to launch new products, an article on Vanjoki in the Financial Times went unnoticed last week. Engadget managed to pick up on the piece in which Vanjoki is highly critical of Google's Android operating system.

Vanjoki states that smartphone manufacturers are flocking to Android, seeing it as a panacea to help boost profits. However, he states that using Android is only a short-term solution, and it won't be viable in the long-term as more manufacturers hop on the bandwagon and it becomes harder to differentiate between handsets.

Vanjoki bluntly states that manufacturers who use Android are like Finnish boys who "pee in their pants" to stay warm in the cold of winter.

Harsh words indeed, but this isn't the first time that we've heard such criticism of Android. Microsoft has long voiced its opposition to Android and most recently made it clear that the mobile operating system should not be considered "free" because of associated legal risks.

“It does infringe on a bunch of patents, and there’s a cost associated with that,” said Microsoft CFO Tivanka Ellawala. “So there’s a... cost associated with Android that doesn’t make it free.”

For the time being, both Nokia and Microsoft should be worried about Android growing even stronger in the U.S. market. Android has already surpassed Apple is making a run at RIM.



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RE: Already an issue for Android.
By sviola on 9/21/2010 11:41:33 AM , Rating: 2
Well, in PC market the huge player is Microsoft The rest, Dell, HP, Acer, among others, compete for low margins, and thus, need to sell huge volumes. In an Android market, Google will be the winner, while HTC, Motorola and SE, will face the same situation as their PC counterparts.

Hardware easily becomes a commodity after some time, so software is the way to go, with much higher margins (and unlike hardware, there is only the upfront development cost, as there is no production cost). Nokia understands this and is focusing in improving their software position (that is why they hired the former MS Business Software Division Executive). As does HP, which bought Palm for webOS. Even Apple gets it (their focus now is on App and Media). If Nokia software plataform is successful, you might even see them ditching hardware manufacturing in the future (they may keep having branded phones though).


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