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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 MozeeToby on 9/21/2010 12:05:31 PM , Rating: 5
If Android is better than what you can come up with internally, it certainly doesn't make any sense to switch to a different OS for the sole sake of differentiating. And I don't mean better only in the sense of the OS, I also mean the app market, the cost of deployment, and user recognition. Besides, Android is open enough that it can be heavily customized. Got an idea for a new and improved UI? You can slap that on top of Android for a lot less money and effort than designing a new OS from scratch.

The other thing: Do people really want differentiation? I love the fact that I can pick up any Android phone and know how to do things. I love the fact that when I get a new phone all my apps will be transferable and that I will be able to pull up all my data just by signing into a service. Unless the landscape changes drastically in the next year, I can all but guarantee that my next phone will be an Android for all those reasons.


RE: Already an issue for Android.
By jive on 9/23/2010 7:13:55 AM , Rating: 1
We have Linux in the PC world. What does the Android offer on the smart phone space that would make it more successful than Linux has been?

If you really want a phone that brings kinship with it, just by iPhone.


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