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Nokia Says Putting Android on Phones is Like Peeing Your Pants for Warmth

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A lot of people still wonder why Nokia decided to completely forgo Android in favor of an all-Symbian line up. Here to tell us why is Nokia smartphone chief Anssi Vanjoki.

Speaking to the Financial Times, the head of Nokia's smartphone department said that Android is but a short-term solution that will lead companies to bigger problems related to brand-recognition in the not too distant future. Though that explanation is simple enough for most people to understand, it seems Vanjoki couldn't resist giving the Financial Times a colorful example of what he was talking about.

Mr Vanjoki agreed with suggestions that handset makers using Android could have low operating margins and claimed they were likely to enjoy only temporary relief with Google’s operating system. He compared the companies to Finnish boys who “pee in their pants” for warmth during the cold winter.

Though experts agree that having the same operating system as everyone else could hurt phone makers' bottom lines, FT also cites analysts who are dubtful that the Symbian operating system has a future because previous iterations have been disappointing.

Nokia this month announced several new handsets for it's Symbian^3 family of smartphones, including the C6, the C7 and the business-orientated E7.

Source: Financial Times via ComputerWorld


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    joytech22 , September 22, 2010 1:09 AM
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    Nokia Says Putting Android on Phones is Putting us out of business


    Fixed.
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    vgdarkstar , September 22, 2010 1:25 AM
    Fins make the best metal, shut up!
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    kancaras , September 22, 2010 1:26 AM
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    that will lead companies to bigger problems related to brand-recognition in the not too distant future.

    yeah. nokia wont be recognized at all in few months
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  • 37 Hide
    joytech22 , September 22, 2010 1:09 AM
    Quote:
    Nokia Says Putting Android on Phones is Putting us out of business


    Fixed.
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    takeapieandrun , September 22, 2010 1:09 AM
    LOL Win executive. But seriously, I don't agree. Mainly because customers don't care about profit margins.
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    CR0W M@GN3T , September 22, 2010 1:14 AM
    Cause Finnish boys are weird like that. Weird like android....and Vanjoki.

  • 23 Hide
    vgdarkstar , September 22, 2010 1:25 AM
    Fins make the best metal, shut up!
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    kancaras , September 22, 2010 1:26 AM
    Quote:
    that will lead companies to bigger problems related to brand-recognition in the not too distant future.

    yeah. nokia wont be recognized at all in few months
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    mman74 , September 22, 2010 1:28 AM
    LOL! Come up with a better OS and content delivery platform and I will buy your phones again.
    It used to be that whenever I bought a mobile phone, it had to be Nokia, but Apple and HTC have realised people want a lot more in mobile phones.
  • 11 Hide
    tortoise , September 22, 2010 1:35 AM
    now i know how to describe that feeling i got after buying the disappointing n97 from nokia.
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    roshith_k , September 22, 2010 1:45 AM
    I almost forgot what symbian OS was. Its time nokia moved on. There was a time when I preferred Nokia over samsung, motorola, LG or anything else.. but now things have changed.
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    Cons29 , September 22, 2010 1:55 AM
    when i was to buy a new phone, and i bought 2 phone in a span of 2yrs, i did not even looked at nokia. i do alot of research before i buy, i read around the net, reviews, problems on a certain model and whatnot. but i did not even looked what nokia has to offer on the budget that i have.
    years ago, majority in my country uses nokia, not anymore. they spew out so many models they almost ran out of numbers to call em.
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    MrF430 , September 22, 2010 2:01 AM
    vgdarkstarFins make the best metal, shut up!


    Quoted for troof!
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    guzz46 , September 22, 2010 2:05 AM
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    A lot of people still wonder why Nokia decided to completely forgo Android in favor of an all-Symbian line up


    What do you mean? meego isn't symbian
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    mcvf , September 22, 2010 2:07 AM
    I actually think that having Android is awesome. Finally, more or less uniform environment guaranteeing compatibility perhaps for 80-90% of applications between different phones. Now one can finally concentrate on picking the right HW he likes without constant: With Samsung I can have this, but not that. Well, Nokia has awesome this, but fails there. And Sonny Ericson is good for this, but totally sucks at that.
    I mean I feel thrilled like when PCs started and you can build up your home PC at home from components you want! Its not that far, but I really like idea of the similar/same SW options with focus on choosing good HW to support it. I can finally choose which keyboard or display I like without being locked down by SW features I would like to have.
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    Poisoner , September 22, 2010 2:09 AM
    Heh, Nokia is struggling for relevancy in the fast changing world of mobile devices. In fact this article is a perfect example of why they are no longer relevant. Such a shame.
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    qwed88 , September 22, 2010 2:11 AM
    We'll see where Nokia's at in a couple of years, and see how thats worked out for them.
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    spentshells , September 22, 2010 2:13 AM
    smart move keep the profit in your pocket...nokia
    The only issues I see is that android is a pretty flawed OS
    And symbian is just poorly designed it works great but makes little to no sense
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    iam2thecrowe , September 22, 2010 2:35 AM
    Nokia, give people what THEY want, not what YOU want them to have just to make you happy, and you might start selling more phones. Other companies have already figured this out.
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    feeddagoat , September 22, 2010 2:45 AM
    Its not as if apple will let you use their OS. Plus competition is always good....if you could call it that!
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    BoxBabaX , September 22, 2010 2:59 AM
    Lets see the hardware to back up all your trash talk Nokia. Arrogant company, I hope they go down.
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    Gin Fushicho , September 22, 2010 3:04 AM
    Less money for Nokia then, their new phones won't be recognized because people will want "An Android phone".

    I'm sure most people will walk in and go "is this an Android?".
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    Anonymous , September 22, 2010 3:32 AM
    I only had one nokia, a 3210. it worked OK until the display faded out and when i pulled it apart the contact mechanism was a carbonised rubber pad with 4 or 5 contacts on it. phone gets old, the compression method stops working and bye bye screen. what a joke. first and last nokia for me if that's how shoddy they build them.
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