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Nokia's Stephen Elop says that all Android devices look and act the same

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Nokia's Stephen Elop says that all Android devices look and act the same
At the Open Mobile Summit in London, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop made some controversial comments about a wide range of industry matters, most of which dealt with the Android OS. The executive commented on how well his company is doing, saying that Nokia is doing better than ever and plans on becoming pals with mobile carriers. He also said that all Android devices look and act the same and that Google's open source OS owes its creation to the Apple iPhone. Elop also managed to blame the OS for the poor sales of Windows Phone 7 devices saying that OEMs prefer Android over Microsoft's mobile OS.

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

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posted on 10 Jun 2011, 14:02 4

1. playa (unregistered)


yes, android phones look alike but each brand has a different UI to stand out from others. Elop just wants nokia to be different by using WP7.

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 05:04 2

68. eiyoy009 (Posts: 57; Member since: 01 Jun 2011)


why are all of you saying that nokia fails with wp7? haha...don't make an opinion here if you don't try it yet...i think one of the commenters here are workers of apple trying to write bad about nokia...i believe that their knees are shaking because the big event of nokia is coming...!!!

android is not the option for nokia..wp7 is the right choice...if everybody understand about busines, you can realize why nokia switch to wp7 instead of android...nokia cannot differentiate its products if it is go through android...(they said...RIM is the nxt PALM,,, and ANDROID is the nxt SYMBIAN)

the true horses here is between iOS and wp7...haha
nokia..ur the one

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 07:03 1

69. dmakun (Posts: 321; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)


You are so obviously a nokia fanboy!! Wake up! Nokia is lossing out in the smart phone market sector and even low end devices are having smart phone features that android is satisfying. WP7 features today are no where near android yet and microsoft like nokia is struggling. Nokia was dumb to turn its back on having its share of android os. All other manufacturers have benefited across all mobile platforms. HTC, Samsung, LG, Sonyericsson etc have produced wp7, android and even symbian devices in past and even present. Elop may destroy what was a leading mobile manufacturer with this illogical stand IMO.

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 07:44 1

70. shayan (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


well I think choosing WP over android was a good move for them, AND for us customers.
nokia and microsoft both are giants in tech world. but nokia is loosing ground, and microsoft is fighting really hard to gain. their union help them.
and it is good for us too. I actually hate apples strategys, and their close enviorment. so my chois is android. but two companys like microsoft and nokia find a new ways to satisfy their customers. and then android and iOS will compet, which is always better for the end user...

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 06:28 1

96. eiyoy009 (Posts: 57; Member since: 01 Jun 2011)


yes i am totally a fan for nokia because that is the brand of phone i have..that's me...i am so loyal to anyone even in products...
nokia struggle..yes that's true but it is a part of the challenge leading to a better situation....

i am fan of nokia not just in technology...it is the way that they are making phones that is leveling the poor people...that's why nokia is making phones which all of you saying "dumb, freak,stupid.." u cannot understand that because ur a creepy little spoiled brat..hehe

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 06:28 1

97. eiyoy009 (Posts: 57; Member since: 01 Jun 2011)


to: DMAKUN....yes i am totally a fan for nokia because that is the brand of phone i have..that's me...i am so loyal to anyone even in products...

nokia struggle..yes that's true but it is a part of the challenge leading to a better situation....



i am fan of nokia not just in technology...it is the way that they are making phones that is leveling the poor people...that's why nokia is making phones which all of you saying "dumb, freak,stupid.." u cannot understand that because ur a creepy little spoiled brat..hehe

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 08:39 1

72. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


So you mean to tell me that Motorola, Samsung, HTC are not different from each other? And Nokia couldnt do the same?

HTC is defined by Sense UI

Samsung is defined by multimedia features

Motorola is defined by battery life and good phone working as a phone features

I'm sure Nokia coulda came in and probably leaped ahead of all 3 by being all 3 combined.

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 08:45

74. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


What makes Nokia think wont face the same differentiate problems with Samsung, HTC, LG and some other newcomers making WP7 phones too?

If Nokia is allowed to be so different than the others UI wise it might alienate the other manufactures.

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 10:46 1

78. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


there has already been reports that Nokia is getting special permissions from MS to do things to WP7 that will make a nokia WP7 phone stand out from say an HTC WP7 phone.

Personally, If i were nokia, i would still make some high end android phones on the side, just to play both sides of the fence. Im sure MS is giving them some hellacious kick backs to be WP7 only though. Nokia is benifiting from this move by more than just selling phones.

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 18:19

85. goos (unregistered)


your an idiot since when did any android phone get good battery life actually since when did smart phones get good battery life. and motorolas r not different. when my phone get at least 12 hours with out a charge while using it then we can say good battery life. oh and all android phones are the same . just some are shitty and some are have awesome hardware but all have the same crappy glitchy software that force closes and crashes. get real google cares about ads in your pocket not if the software works.

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 18:38

87. Ty the Mobile Guy (unregistered)


Goos is right since when did -ANY- Smartphone get "good" battery life I think decent isn't even a good word for it. I'm also rather sure Blur is what seperates the Moto's from HTC or LG.......DUH WINNING!

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 22:38

91. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


If Motorolas average more battery life than other Android phones...I would say thats part of their their mantra.

Have you even used a Motorola Android phone? The Droid X1 and Droid 2 were the only Android phones that was closest to the iPhone 4 in overall battery life last year.

At least know what you're talking about before calling someone an idiot.....idiot.

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 22:55 1

92. goos (unregistered)


no i have never used those phones i just sell phones and have had both of them as demo lines in my store but no never used em . or have customers come in complaining about the battery life . and oh had the x as my personal phone and an i phone and the iphone made it a day the x was done by 5 so come on now stop lying to yourself . close doesn't win the race . all smart phones hog battery and Motorolas claim to fame is not battery life its being smart enough to take Verizon up on the offer to call their phone droid. moto blurr sucks Motorola sucks . android sucks. all there is to it. sad thing is i will sell them all day only cuz apple doesn't pay commission. so before u tell someone to know what they r talking about u shouldn't assume they don't. u r just a moto fandroid. off the n u t s now thanks.

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 23:03 2

94. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Right. And me doing a battery test for my Droid X.....doing at least 1/2 hour of talking, internet, games, etc and I get 29 hours...screen was on for 4 hours...

The Droid X has built in battery management features...Ask someone with an Incredible if their phone can last 8 hours with the screen being on for 4...if your X was done by 5 and your iPhone 4 made it a day.....you used it more than your iPhone 4. Its understandable. I would too.

I think you need to stop lying to yourself or educate yourself. Battery life and a good phone features is part of Motorolas claim to fame.

Hey a s s wipe, you decided to call me an idiot. I think you need some real training on Android phones. Cuz you would know that as the chips get newer that also helps with battery life.

Idiot.

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 23:19

95. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


And lets make a deal, you dont assume anything about me and what my phone can do and I wont do the same....cuz last time I checked you started this A S S ume s h i t.

Idiot.

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 22:59

93. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


If phone A lasts 10-12 hours and phone B can last 24- 29 hours...what does that say....idiot.

The Droid 1 vs. the Incredible Droid 1 better battery life. Droid X1 vs Incredible, Droid X1 better battery life.

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 11:22

98. Yasir (unregistered)


You have no idea to what you are saying.
Nokia will be the worst company in mobile manufacturing from this year.
Till the end of this year, Android will be on the top having three kinds namely: Froyo, Gingerbread and Honeycomb. few new UIs are upcoming too.
As far as WP7 is concerned, it is not based for multimedia. Its is perfect for only business purposes. Number 1 will be Android followed by IOS.
The fact is, Nokia is not the one but it is The Last...!!
Top manufacturer will be LG and Samsung.
Moreover, Nokia is popular only in third-world countries so as far as west and other developed countries are concerned, LG and Samsung will be ruling followed by HTC and Motorola And Rim Blackberry.
Let Nokia just Cry...!!!

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 14:06 7

2. SK_007 (Posts: 17; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)


Here comes Eddie murphy of the 21st century,what a comedy show he has put up,grow up moron!!!

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 14:16 11

5. mb.P4pny (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 Jun 2011)


I used to work for Nokia, and used to be a huge fan of their devices, but their either delusional or just trying to give their employees a tread of hope. Generally all android devices do not look and act the the same, different hardware and different skinned ui's packaged with different software. Though all android have the same root functions which is a good thing. It's kinda funny to hear this coming from a company that used symbian, and Nokia os which did act and look the exactly the same on all their devices. And now their moving on to another unsuccesful os. That companies a mess

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 15:23 1

21. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


"Another unsuccessful OS", that hasn't even been out for a year. Idiot. People assumed Android was going to fail as well. Nokia is still a leader throughout the world, so they must be doing something right.

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 16:26 2

34. mb.P4pny (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 Jun 2011)


Android had great sales from the start with only a few launch titles, windows has launched a good number of phones and have had rough sales. Plus people still have a bad taste in their mouth from windows mobile. And Nokia is still leader in dumb phone sales and that's only out side of the usa because many people remain loyal to their basic phones. And at the rate their market share is dropping they will not remain at the top by next year. And no need to call me an idiot...just giving my opinion... dick

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 16:57 2

38. captn3x (unregistered)


Android sold well because Verizon needed a phone to compete with the Iphone so they advertized the hell out of it and pushed it hard in the stores. I like Android so it's not a rip, it's a fact.

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 21:00 2

50. mb.P4pny (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 Jun 2011)


Android sold well on t-mobile too with out the heavy promotion Verizon had, and windows phones have crazy heavy promotion. With Comercials instore reps and tons of give aways. My girl went to see katy perry live from a free windows phone give away when they launched on AT&T ! That's crazy promotion, and the sales are still week.

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 05:03 1

67. eiyoy009 (Posts: 57; Member since: 01 Jun 2011)


why are all of you saying that nokia fails with wp7? haha...don't make an opinion here if you don't try it yet...i think one of the commenters here are workers of apple trying to write bad about nokia...i believe that their knees are shaking because the big event of nokia is coming...!!!

android is not the option for nokia..wp7 is the right choice...if everybody understand about busines, you can realize why nokia switch to wp7 instead of android...nokia cannot differentiate its products if it is go through android...(they said...RIM is the nxt PALM,,, and ANDROID is the nxt SYMBIAN)

the true horses here is between iOS and wp7...haha
nokia..ur the one

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 11:58

79. Gtm (unregistered)


Did u ever know any carrier in the world except att, t, varizon? did u ever know their is world beyond Atlantic & pacific? did u ever know android grows due to its own guts & not on mercy of any carrier? did u ever know, peoples are much more starter than dummies like u....

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 17:36

83. DhruvDeepak (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Jun 2011)


Your second line is not present days scenario. Dont live in past.

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 17:25 1

103. ktonlai (Posts: 12; Member since: 29 Mar 2010)


its ironic that you're calling other people idiots when you're giving out blatantly false information. Nokia a leader? not by sales and definitely not by growth. It doesnt matter how many devices you have out there, it matters how many people are buying the products you make, thats how you produce income

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 17:39

84. DhruvDeepak (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Jun 2011)


Future buy for me will never be a Nokia handset neither I'll advice any of my friend to go for Nokia.

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 18:10

105. KKC.22 (unregistered)


@mb.P4pny.. First understand what diff Elop is talking about. If all hardware vendors using Android sell their phones without their logo then I bet you will have a very hard time to figure out the actual brand. But that's not the case the with NOKIA.. you can easily spot a NOKIA phone in the mass even without the logo.

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 14:18 8

6. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


He's partially right about Android, as Android does owe its popularity in part to the iPhone. However, Android was being developed long before the iPhone was, and its major development started about the same time as the iPhone.

Also, I can tell any two Android phones from different manufacturers apart in a heartbeat. What are you smoking, Elop? Must be some good shit.

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