Nokia trash-talks Android, gets rebuffed by analyst

Nokia trash-talks Android, gets rebuffed by analyst

Summary: An attempt by Nokia to talk down Android, a rapidly-strengthening alternative to its Symbian platform, may have backfired.When we spoke to the Finnish handset manufacturer's head of business smartphones, Ilari Nurmi, on Tuesday he said there was no way any analyst would recommend Android for enterprise use — an area where Nokia is keen to pitch itself as being in a two-way tussle with RIM's BlackBerry platform.

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An attempt by Nokia to talk down Android, a rapidly-strengthening alternative to its Symbian platform, may have backfired.

When we spoke to the Finnish handset manufacturer's head of business smartphones, Ilari Nurmi, on Tuesday he said there was no way any analyst would recommend Android for enterprise use — an area where Nokia is keen to pitch itself as being in a two-way tussle with RIM's BlackBerry platform.

"You can go and talk to any enterprise IT analyst and none of them recommend Android for enterprise use today and that probably says it all," Nurmi said. "The capabilities, security and all of those areas that we have built into Symbian smartphones are clearly on a different level."

Naturally, we promptly went to one of the most prominent analyst houses, Gartner, and asked smartphone research vice-president Carolina Milanesi what she thought of Nurmi's assertion. "[Android] 2.2 now has 'appliance' level for enterprise as [the] security is now good enough," she replied via email.

To be fair to Nurmi, he did also concede that it was "very clear that Android devices will land into enterprise use", but he did also cite, er, Gartner as being a source of his idea that Android is "clearly not ready for the enterprise market". Whoops.

Gartner has three classifications in its smartphone enterprise-readiness scale. 'Concierge' level is at the bottom, denoting devices that require a vast amount of maintenance if they are to be used in an enterprise setting. 'Appliance' level sits in the middle, referring to handsets that have decent security and remote device management capabilities, and that enterprises can support. 'Platform' level is at the top, and suggests a smartphone environment that Gartner recommends for in-house app development.

Android got bumped up to 'appliance' when it moved to version 2.2, or 'Froyo' in May. This version improved the security aspects of Android, letting Exchange administrators enforce password policies across a smartphone estate and remotely wipe lost or stolen handsets.

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  • Well, Gartner can say what they want. I recently got a Samsung Galaxy S9000 with Android and I can tell you it is a nice toy, but a lousy phone. It is not fit for business. It drains the battery faster than you can think it, the WLAN and Cellular reception are lousy and you always have the feeling you are going to break it. And what about synchronizing you calendar? Always the same answer: use Google Calendar or pay for an app, which nobody guarantees will work.
    In comparison, my previous phone (a roughly 4 years old Nokia E61i) would easily do with one battery loading every three days, had a very good reception and I lost the count how often it fell on the floor or I sat on it. No problems.
    A side comment deserves the calendar synchronisation. BUSINESS PHONE!?? Be serious guys!!. Whenever you ask, the response is always the same: use Google Calendar. A business phone that needs to synch a calendar using Google Calendar? Come on!... Otherwise buy an app, which half of the times does not work... I have been synching my calendar with my phone for a decade with no problems, and now this!...
    I am giving back my Android phone. Maybe they can give it to someone who wants to play with it. I need a real phone to work...
    Toni1234-a5f07
  • By the way. Anyone checked the C6 or 7?
    Toni1234-a5f07
  • Looks like Gartner analysts are contradicting each other. Here's an extract from the Sydney Morning Herald (albeit 27 Sept 2010):
    http://www.smh.com.au/technology/enterprise/is-the-business-smart-phone-dead-20100927-15u09.html
    "Gartner is predicting Android, essentially a consumer operating system by Google, will be the world's second-largest smartphone platform this year, unseating Research in Motion, maker of the BlackBerry. HTC's two new models are Android phones, as is LG's new Optimus One.
    But Android is not yet ready for enterprise, says Robin Simpson, a research director at Gartner."
    dineshsubramaniam