Iím sure many of you remember when Nokiaís CEO had nothing good to say about Android? Well apparently no one listened to him and Android is still manhandling him across China and Europe. According to word of mouth, Nokiaís CEO, on a conference call said a few things about why they arenít doing so hot in the two most important markets. According to the story; in china, he blames mismanagement for his failed attempt at pushing phones and in Europe, he admits Android is running the streets.
Before we get to the quotes, we just want to remind you that we do feel sorry for the competition but Droid FTW.
Here are the exact quotes:
Regarding China, Elop said:
And in Europe, Android was also routing Nokia. Elop noted:As it relates to competitive challenges, it is the case that certain competitive forces, particularly Android, are really gaining momentum in certain regions. For example in China, thereís an indication of some very substantial movement in the growth of market share for Android, particularly in some technology areas where Nokia today with our current portfolio doesnít compete.
A good example of this is the CDMA technology in China, where that technology has seen quite an increase in market share in China. And as you know, we donít currently have CDMA products, but clearly, thatís something that weíd be considering in the future. So thereís some dynamics like that that we have to deal with.
is getting whacked on feature phones too. Elop said:In Europe, thatís not the case on the management perspective. Itís very much about competitive pressures. Weíre seeing, for example, a large volume of Android devices really coming into the market. Theyíre largely undifferentiated from one another, which is putting pricing pressure thereupon, which in turn affects the overall ranging decisions of the operators; so thereís definitely pricing pressure going on.
Meanwhile, the problems in China revolve around smartphones primarily. However, Nokia
via:Nokia's Elop: Android is killing us in China, Europe | ZDNetOverall, it is worth noting that the impact here is both smartphone and feature phone. So this is ó even though a lot of the news has been about Symbian and so forth, we face very specific competitive pressures on the feature phone side as well, and face some of the same portfolio challenges here.
Now that being said, on the feature phone side we are just in the last couple of days beginning to ship in our dual-SIM products into emerging markets, which we have great hopes for. So thereís a lot of positive things happening there, but thereís definitely a situation here where itís not only the Symbian range of devices but also feature phone devices that are under competitive pressure.