It’s no secret that Nokia is still struggling to come up with a worthy competitor to the iPhone. Hell, Nokia is still struggling to hold onto whatever vestiges of smartphone relevancy it had way back when. Not only is Apple lapping Nokia with successive iterations of the iPhone, but the emergence of Android is also taking its toll on the Finnish handset maker. Still, as Nokia engages in a number of corporate restructuring maneuvers to try and help matters, the underlying problem is that Nokia lacks a compelling software solution. That said, some have suggested that Nokia hop on the Android bandwagon.
But if you ask Anssi Vanjoki, the outgoing head of Nokia’s smartphone division, if that’s a smart move, he’ll explain why it wouldn’t be prudent in so many words. Vanjoki recently likened handset makers who use Android to Finnish boys who “pee in their pants” for warmth in the winter- a temporary solution that only compounds matters soon thereafter.
Adding a little bit of humor into the mix, Horace Dediu of Asymco takes Vanjoki’s metaphor and extends it further. “I wanted to point out that strategically, using Windows Phone is the same thing, except that vendors have to pay for the urine.”