updated 11:50 am EDT, Tue September 21, 2010
Nokia's Vanjoki says Android no long term solution
Nokia's outgoing mobile executive VP Anssi Vanjoki today said in an interview [sub. required] that Android wasn't a viable option to stem falling market share. He called it a stop-gap solution and likened it to Finnish boys, who "pee in their pants" during the winter to keep warm. While it would solve any short term problems, the end result would be worse, Vanjoki said to the Financial Times.
By using Google's OS, Nokia would have a much tougher time competing as it would have less room to differentiate itself than just using Symbian and later MeeGo. HTC, Motorola and other Android firms have had success lately but have been compelled to add interface layers to try to stand out.
The company's dependence on Symbian has been considered one of its biggest liabilities, as it's only now getting multi-touch, a fast web browser and other features that have been present as far back as 2007 in the iPhone and later for Android. Symbian^3 and MeeGo close the gap considerably and also give Nokia an easier path for the Ovi Store and other components that have been key to its services.