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