Gotta love analogies like this. On a more serious note, I’m not sure if I agree with Anssi or not.
I see his point about the OS. Just look at the PC industry for a parallel. It doesn’t matter if your PC is made by Dell or HP, you get the same OS and so the hardware, to a certain point, is irrelevant.
The point where I separate from Anssi, is on the “what do consumers want?” point. If consumers want Android OS devices, then that’s what they’ll get. As a manufacturer, that wants to stay in business, I say it behooves Anssi (and Nokia) to deliver what the consumer wants to buy.
I read an article a while back that said that Nokia makes a phone every 13 seconds. The article also said that Nokia got their start making and selling car tires. I’m pretty sure Nokia can adapt to the market, if they need to.
You’ve been asking and imploring, so Anssi Vanjoki — straight shooter, that he is — now has an answer. Why doesn’t Nokia switch to Android? Because Google’s software represents only a short-term solution that will lead to bigger quandaries down the line, says he. Anssi was even graceful enough to illustrate this point with a vivid example, saying that mobile manufacturers who go the Android route are doing no better than Finnish boys who “pee in their pants” for warmth in the winter. Yeah. We don’t know where to go from here either. To be honest, there’s a legitimate point behind this trash talk, as the FT notes some analysts agree with Anssi that relying on Android as the universal OS may lead to “permanently low profitability” with users failing to distinguish between different brands if they all offer the same experience. Then again, tell that to HTC.