The CEO said that the closed nature of the Apple iPhone led to the creation of Android. Elop said, "Apple created Android, or at least it created the conditions necessary to create Android. People decided they could not play in the Apple way, and they had to do something else. Then Google stepped in there and created Android… and others jumped on the Android train." When discussing how Android models act and look alike, Nokia's CEO said, " If it’s too hard to differentiate on a platform, commoditization steps in. But then differentiation starts to creep back in through fragmentation." In other words, if the manufacturers of Android handsets want to make models that are different from each other, it will require fragmentation of the software.
And Elop's comments are ironic considering the strict requirements, for both hardware and software, that Microsoft demands of OEMs in order to get Windows Phone 7 installed on a handset. Google doesn't place the same limitations on Android which might explain why manufacturers seemingly prefer the green robot. Android models range from the cheap to expensive, from low-end specs to amazing high-end devices. Furthermore, each manufacturer of Android smartphones has a signature that makes a Motorola DROID X2 look different than the HTC EVO 3D for example. With all the limitations that Redmond puts on users of its mobile OS, it is hard for one manufacturer to stand out from another. This is the challenge that Nokia will face when trying to promote itself in the Windows Phone 7 market. So when Stephen Elop says that all Android devices look and act the same, we wonder what can he be thinking about the new brains behind his firm's upcoming new models.
source: paidContent.org via AndroidandMe