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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 kattanna on 9/21/2010 12:06:38 PM , Rating: -1
it would just mean that baseline is good enough for everyone

besides making calls, texting, and maybe a few apps, seriously? what else does a PHONE need to do?

RE: Already an issue for Android.
By mcnabney on 9/21/2010 12:26:41 PM , Rating: 3
A smartphone is just a portable computer.

It brings automation, connectivity, and entertainment everywhere you go.

RE: Already an issue for Android.
By Wererat on 9/21/2010 12:41:16 PM , Rating: 3
What else does a phone need to do? Lately I've:
- Reviewed and composed documents, spreadsheets, and presentations (Documents to Go);
- Streamed music (Last.FM);
- Checked the weather (Weather Channel);
- Read and replied to work and personal email (browser, Yahoo Mail and Gmail apps);
- Received tweets (Tweetcaster);
- Took pictures documenting another driver's fault in an accident (built-in camera);
- Navigated to an unfamiliar place halfway across the state (Sprint Navigation)
- Verified router placement by checking wi-fi signal strength dynamically (Tricorder);
- Leveled a dryer (Bubble)
- Tuned a guitar (gStrings); and
- Used the phone's MicroSD card as storage for many documents rather than carrying standalone USB flash memory sticks.

"Phone" isn't really accurate any more; it's more like "palm-sized PC."

RE: Already an issue for Android.
By jive on 9/23/2010 7:07:48 AM , Rating: 1
nice post which just proves the original question. The phone is to make calls from one to one or many to many persons. From the list above you seemed to to everything else but make calls.

“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith

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