Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia's Executive Vice President of Mobile Solutions, has likened mobile phone makers that adopt Google's mobile operating system to Finnish boys who "pee in their pants" for warmth in the winter, according to The Financial Times. In other words, temporary relief is followed by worse consequences.
Many bloggers and analysts have been crowing that Nokia should give up on its own mobile software solutions (Symbian and Meego) and put Android on its phones instead. As a result, the company would save a lot on Research & Development, letting Google do the majority of the progress on the OS side while Nokia focuses on hardware, software, and services.
Nokia believes Android would be a short solution for a long term problem, but what does that mean exactly? We're not in Vanjoki's head, but it seems he's saying that if Nokia went through with the suggestion, it would end up being just another mobile company competing against other Android OEMs, including Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and LG. The solution, therefore, is for Nokia to make better software to stand out. Nokia has been trying that for a while, but it continues to lose market share, even if it does still have an unmistakable lead worldwide.