Priceless post by Jean-Louis Gassée on an imaginary conversation at Nokia between the amusingly named CEO Olli Pekka Kallasovo and his head of mobile devices Anssi Vankoji. The key point is where Fake Oily says to Fake Anssi:
This leaves us with one choice: Android. I have made the decision and I want you to implement it.
Go read it. It’s very funny.
More seriously, dear readers, I actually think it’s going to happen. I don’t share Jean Louis’ pessimism on this. These Finns are totally fucked. Symbian 3, Symbian 4, Maemo, Meego, no-one knows what to write code for, and everyone is just tired of listening, of attending another bullshit launch of another car crash handset. In his discussions with analysts, salespeople and other investors, Baruch feels a tipping point has been reached. Nokia have lost all credibility with investors and developers and will very rapidly fade into irrelevance unless they go Android, and do it while they can still make a difference in deciding the outcome of the war between Android and iPhone.
Needless to say, OPK and the current set of Finns will have to go.
Just think of the consternation at Motorola and HTC. Much gnashing of teeth. It’s a delicious prospect. Android is going to suffer a severe setback later this year when Verizon, the major refuge of the Androids, goes iPhone. Google getting Nokia on board, still the leading handset player in the world with a lock on the higher end in developing countries, would pretty much cancel that out and equalise the playing field. Needless to say, Nokia would immediately become Google’s préféré, the recipient of the latest updates to the OS.
Ultimately, Finns are nothing but pragmatic. I think this is going to happen and I think it will be sooner rather than later.