Nokia chief executive says Google is making Android more closed

Nokia chief executive says Google is making Android more closed
Nokia’s chief executive Stephen Elop, an ex Microsoft employee, tied Nokia exclusively with Windows Phone and while the Finns have finally gotten out of the red for the first time this Holiday quarter, it’s hard to say that Lumia Windows Phone sales have gotten traction. Actually, the opposite is true.

Still, Nokia’s chief executive is committed to Windows Phone and Windows Phone only, and taking the chance to sneak a remark about competing ecosystems and Android in particular. Here are Elop’s observations about Android:

"The situation that Android is facing, where the amount of fragmentation that you're seeing is increasing as people take it in different directions, is of course offset by Google's efforts to turn an open ecosystem into something that's quite a bit more closed as you've seen quite recently."

Possibly, Elop is still bitter over Google’s decision to stop supporting Exchange ActiveSync accounts, a technology Windows Phone uses for push notifications for services like Gmail. 

Or he could be criticizing Google's attempts to bring unification to Android via this following rule for phone makers:

“3.4 You agree that you will not take any actions that may cause or result in the fragmentation of Android, including but not limited to distributing, participating in the creation of, or promoting in any way a software development kit derived from the SDK.”

Or he could be tacitly referring to something else altogether.

In either case, Elop is confident in Nokia without Android, and in Android getting more fragmented and closed. It’s up to you to agree or disagree with him.

source: Nokia via The Verge

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94 Comments

1. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

He should probably be more concerned with the poor sales of windows phones devices for the last year or two! Nokia has been crippled by the workings of this man for example

27. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Stephen "F"lop is a M$'s "pet" (former M$ employee), and everybody knows how M$ hates Google, so no way we can see an official Android Nokia under Flop's management. Luckily the figures of Lumia in the last quarter is not so bad, coz if Nokia continued to lose, there would be no second chance for them. But so bad Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive which are the company's competitive advantages over WP rivals (and iOS also lol) become a part of WP (of Microsoft). So bad, Flop

49. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Only Samsung makes a profit with Android: the rest of the OEM's lose money on their products. Look at HTC for example: what has Android done for them lately? The reality is that WP8 is gaining traction, and so is Nokia, and I fully expect other OEMs will jump ship to Microsoft in the near future. LG and ASUS are talking about producing WP8 devices, and they would not be wasting time trying to do this is they felt the OS was not going to do well. The writing is on the wall, but most of you are too busy posting stupid emotional comments to see what's coming down the line. ;o)

53. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Are you ignorant? Sony, HTC and other DO TURN A PROFIT with android, if they didn't they would have cut ties already. It's funny that you bring up HTC, as they have made money the whole time, just not as much as they used to make. That's because of business decisions they have made, not because they use android. You sound like a fanboy with this kind of logic. Please read my comment to you below. HARDWARE MAKERS WANT TO SELL HARDWARE. THEREFORE THEY WILL/SHOULD SELL IT WITH WHAT EVER OS SELLS. That is an Unemotional statement. That is what business is about, making the most money with the least effort and time possible.

73. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

NOW I know what's wrong with that cheap executive, he doesn't like Android Also, his dislike of Android kinda describes why he looks so hateful (at least in my opinion)

56. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

HTC would be still making profit if they didn't f**k up their android reputation with the Thunderbolt and EVO.

93. metalpoet unregistered

Yeah and it they would just make a cellphone that has the same title, design, and specs on all carrier then Moto, HTC, and LG would be as profitable as samsung. If Apple ever did ONE thing right, it was keep their products looking the same on at least 3 of the big four carriers in the U.S. Also Maybe all manufacturers should have an open mind in making WP and Android phones. This whole locking yourself up to only one type of OS is retarded! If Nokia would make that same great design that they have for these failing windows phones and slap android in it. id buy it in a second!

29. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Yes, Microsoft (Elop) is always full of lies.....just foolish FUD Its of course nonsense......open Android is a waylife for Google=easy to grab money from ads

32. GENERAL-BAKSHE

Posts: 28; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

Microsoft hates, and wants Linux dead, no wonder he's jealous!

47. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Linux is dead. It accounts for just 1 percent of PC users. lol

70. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Omg, 7 thumbs down! That's like 90 percent of the total global Linux users ;o)

91. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Do you know that android is linux...and it is going to be the dominant OS after 2016... And there is whole lot of things where linux is king such as work stations, super computers, servers, satellites so and so...windows doesn't even have 1% in those things...

44. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Well, it's hard to think clearly while Microsoft is throwing money at you just to use their OS. This past quarter the check was $ 250 million

48. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

he has no idea what is goin on ...

58. papss unregistered

Right because there aren't stages of people including a board that make decisions.. Some of you fandroids are idiots

68. GENERAL-BAKSHE

Posts: 28; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

Says the prison F@g

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Nokia please wise up and come to android ............SOON!

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Nokia, please wise up and send Elop back to MS. Where he belongs.

11. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

alas you androids not getting the best camera untill others start researching in it :P

28. ghostnexus

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Sony?

88. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

maybe the time is right for them to comeup in camera phone to compete SS and Nokia and Android dont have any cemera phone king at the moment SONY can be the first they have good history in photography

72. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea.....because the camera is the only thing I use my phone for... :/ Anyway...Nokia dont have the camera market locked down. Sony, Samsung and HTC have decent cameras....

89. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

decent but not the best :P not nearly good enough, every camera starts to show its real face in low light. in daylight all are reletivly at same postion except PV-808

3. ckoch125

Posts: 193; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Of course he is saying this, he's just upset his company didn't get on board with android from the start.

59. papss unregistered

Right.. That must be it..

4. Ahsan

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

His mission destroy Nokia is on the wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

6. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

How great would it be if people would use only statements they actually can confirm with statistics, demonstrations, polls or other kinds of more or less objective facts.

7. wendygarett unregistered

When someone finally make a good results, they will say anything just to make themselves better, just like Tim Cook says about cannibalization issue on iDevice :)

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Okay, you guys seem pretty confident... You guys try stepping up to his shoes for a week...you'll know what to do since you know everything. Agreed that he might a bit boiled up, but no one would like to see a company drop out of everything. Even if he did, there are other people that can vote him out. So, unless you know for sure...shut it.

10. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

i definitely agree that being in his shoes would make our views probably just as skewed as his is right now.........but, since we are NOT in his shoes but rather looking at whats going on from a pretty good perspective, we can most definitely give some suggestions as to what may be a better route......and if a big portion of people are yelling at him about what may turn around his company for good.........then maybe he ought to ..........take it in consideration? not saying he should agree with us, but definitely consider some things....

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