Irate Former Symbian Chief Trashes Android, Nokia, Microsoft
April 26, 2012 12:30 PM
Former SVP says Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has "No...vision"; argues Android isn't open or functional
world's top maker of both smartphones
, these days Finland-based phonemaker Nokia Oyj. (
) can only wait and hope for a turnaround. The company was facing sliding sales and criticism that its smartphone operating system, Symbian, couldn't keep up with the young guns of the mobile world -- Google Inc.'s (
) Android and Apple, Inc.'s (
) iOS. In response, Nokia's board made a bold gamble importing former Microsoft Corp. (
executive Stephen Elop
as its CEO and allowing him to
forge a pact with Microsoft
to adopt Windows Phone.
I. Ex-Nokia Exec "Hates on" Android, Showers Defunct Symbian OS With Praise
While there are some promising signs
in terms of hardware
of late, the
have been pretty ugly and have called Nokia's
decision to ditch Symbian
-- or at least how it's executed that plan -- into question.
a ranting interview
, a clearly outraged Lee Williams -- former Nokia SVP of the early Series 60 smartphones (2006-2009) and
later Executive Director of the Symbian Foundation
(2009-2010) -- vented his frustrations at his former employer's decision to scrap Symbian, which he sees as a big mistake. He also used the interview as a platform to express some unusual views, attacking the operating system world's top players as incompetent in various ways and arguing that Nokia's Symbian is the ultimate operating system."
Mr. Williams, who now is a partner a SourceBits, a San Francisco mobile consulting firm, comments, "I did not see a good reason to change course [from Symbian] so frantically...I don't think Nokia was going in the wrong direction with some of the things it was doing -- it was simply executing poorly before Elop got there and they weren't giving it enough time. Symbian was Nokia's cash-cow -- Elop sacrificed it."
Lee Williams, former Symbian chief, claims Nokia is making a mistake. He argues that Microsoft's Windows Phone and Google's Android are losers, and that Symbian is a winner.
[Image Source: World of Phones]
The former Symbian chief argues Nokia would have been better served pledging to primarily support Symbian, but perhaps dabbling in Windows Phone.
He would approve of Nokia going to Microsoft's competitor Google even less, though. He had harsh words for the
world's most used smartphone operating system
, which he accuses of not being open and lacking functionality to -- you guessed it --
He jabs, "Android is a less capable offering than a few options that still exist within Nokia. It's certainly not what I would refer to as an open system. More than that, I think that Nokia has little opportunity to differentiate here in the near term…"
He bemoans, "Symbian is shipping on around 20 million new units a quarter as of today. When I was at the company it was responsible for seven of 10 of Nokia's highest gross margin products. Think of those volumes. There were dozens of products that shipped in the tens of millions."
II. Microsoft, Nokia CEO Elop, and Nokia Board Chairman Also Get Attacked
The bitter former executive throws dirt on Microsoft's
upcoming Windows Phone 8
. After arguing that the new OS won't be a market changer, he attacks Microsoft's general track record, commenting, "[E]verything 'Windows 8' has a big question mark on it right now, and it should be this way. Microsoft is notoriously late on delivery..."
He accuses Nokia CEO Stephen Elop of ruining the company. He comments, "As an arm chair quarterback, it is clear to me that [Nokia CEO Stephen] Elop is struggling. The results speak for themselves. Elop hasn't delivered a roadmap. He's been there for two to three years and there's really no roadmap," says Williams. "There's no overarching vision for this company. That to me is akin to stepping completely out of the leadership role and running behind the bus now."
Mr. Williams predicts that Nokia will eventually come back to
Symbian after realizing that it's the best. [Image Source: GizMag]
The issue provokes Mr. Williams so much that he vents about the strategy, stating, "Elop is operating like a CFO [chief financial officer] -- CFOs are very practical, always looking at costs, always internally focused... I don't think he's really projecting anything forward or sitting around with his team imaging what the future looks like. I think it's 's**t (sic) how do I get rid of a third of this overhead in R&D?"
And he's not above crowing about the
recent Nokia credit downgrade
to junk status, commenting, "Those credit ratings are a huge deal for them. If they can't borrow and move money -- wow! There's very little for them to do. Because they're the world's largest distributed manufacturer highly dependent on that movement and those credit ratings, and cash and bank."
III. Former Symbian Chief Predicts Nokia Will Come Crawling Back
The controversial analyst predicts that in six months to a year Mr. Elop will be booted and Nokia will undergo a "course correction" "back in the direction of [Symbian]."
While most of Mr. William's vehemence seems to be directed at Nokia it's impressive that he managed to claim that the world's top smartphone OS maker (Google) wasn't putting out a competent product and that the
world's top personal computer OS maker
(Microsoft) can't make a deadline.
On the one hand Nokia is indeed in a lot of trouble and one has to wonder if there isn't some truth in parts of Mr. Williams' frustrated diatribe. But at the same time some of his statements make him appear a bit out of touch with the reality that Microsoft and Google are the top dogs in the operating systems industry (along with Apple). It seems pretty unlikely that Nokia will turn back to
the Symbian "burning platform"
-- but that won't stop Symbian's ex-director from wishing Nokia would.
"Well, there may be a reason why they call them 'Mac' trucks! Windows machines will not be trucks." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
Nokia Credit Rating Cut to "Junk" Status by Fitch
April 24, 2012, 11:44 AM
Reports: No Windows Phone 8 "Apollo" Upgrade for Nokia Lumia 900?
April 23, 2012, 11:12 AM
Nokia Bleeds Even More Sales Than Expected, Sales VP is Booted
April 19, 2012, 7:18 PM
Windows Phone's First Hit: Nokia Lumia 900 LTE Sells Out
April 17, 2012, 12:16 PM
Review: Nokia's Lumia 900 LTE Advances the Smartphone Experience
April 17, 2012, 6:00 AM
Are You in the Market for Earphones?
March 24, 2017, 7:35 AM
Samsung Galaxy S8, Rumored Launch Date!
March 18, 2017, 6:45 AM
How about Leica Cameras
March 13, 2017, 6:30 AM
Nokia has ditched this camera technology in its new smartphones
March 7, 2017, 8:45 AM
A Baseball Cap With Camera
March 3, 2017, 7:00 AM
Nokia 3310 with longer battery life
February 28, 2017, 7:05 AM
Most Popular Articles
Comparison – Samsung Galaxy TabPro S Vs Microsoft Surface Pro 4
March 21, 2017, 7:40 AM
Apple iPad – New Faster Processor and More Fun
March 22, 2017, 7:25 AM
Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 – Intel Thunderbolt 3 Certified Motherboard
March 9, 2017, 6:25 AM
Huawei P8 Lite 2017 – Android 7 Nougat Smartphone with Octa-Core Processor
March 8, 2017, 7:03 AM
Lenovo ThinkPad T460 - Ultra-Thin and Feather-light
March 3, 2017, 6:00 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Are you thinking of performance and speed? Intel claims:
Mar 25, 2017, 7:45 AM
Apple buys an automation app called Workflow. The deal was completed today and brings the app along with its developers.
Mar 23, 2017, 7:35 AM
Apple Announces new color for iPhones and iPads
Mar 22, 2017, 7:45 AM
Instagram: You Can Now Save Live Videos For Later
Mar 21, 2017, 7:49 AM
Samsung Galaxy S8 to Get New Color Scheme
Mar 20, 2017, 7:45 AM
What else to worry about?
Mar 17, 2017, 6:45 AM
Icon of the Day: Intel/ NVIDIA or Mobileye
Mar 16, 2017, 6:15 AM
JUST IN - Twitter Hijacked : High-Profile Account Accesses
Mar 15, 2017, 7:07 AM
Mar 14, 2017, 7:30 AM
News and Tips
Mar 13, 2017, 6:30 AM
iPhone 8 – May Not Get Curved Screen
Mar 11, 2017, 8:00 AM
California paves way to self-driving car tests without humans
Mar 11, 2017, 7:18 AM
Smart Machines V hackers
Mar 10, 2017, 7:00 AM
Uber Can Resume Autonomous Car Testing in California
Mar 9, 2017, 6:50 AM
Mar 8, 2017, 7:09 AM
Mar 7, 2017, 8:45 AM
World news 3-6
Mar 6, 2017, 5:40 AM
Mar 4, 2017, 7:40 AM
Mixed News of the Day
Mar 4, 2017, 6:32 AM
Jaguar Land Rover invests in ride-sharing
Mar 3, 2017, 7:00 AM
Mixed News of The World:
Mar 2, 2017, 7:02 AM
World New 3-1
Mar 1, 2017, 6:30 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2017 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information