Nokia: Using Android like 'peeing in your pants for warmth in winter'

Summary:Sometimes people say the daftest things ...This has to be the daftest quote of the month, from Nokia's outgoing head of smartphones Anssi Vanjoki.

Sometimes people say the daftest things ...

This has to be the daftest quote of the month, from Nokia's outgoing head of smartphones Anssi Vanjoki (subscription required for full read):

Anssi Vanjoki, outgoing head of Nokia's smartphone division, likens mobile phone makers that adopt Google's software to Finnish boys who"pee in their pants" for warmth in the winter. Temporary relief is followed by an even worse predicament.

The argument that Vanjoki is making here is that handset makers are condemning themselves to permanent low profitability because the Android OS doesn't allow manufacturers to differentiate their product from the competition. Fair point, and a criticism that can be leveled at the Microsoft mobile platform too.

Problem is, the flipside though is fragmentation. Nokia certainly has the clout to push its own mobile OS, but it's an increasingly tough sell. Look at the profitability of PC OEMs compared to Apple, but you don't see PC OEMs all making their own OSes ... Taking an OS and fostering from that a platform takes time, effort, commitment, money and trust from developers.

Topics: Microsoft, Google, Mobility


Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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