Nokia’s Symbian operating system was at the heart of its problems in the smartphone market, outgoing Executive Vice President Anssi Vanjoki has conceded.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Vanjoki, who tendered his resignation last week, admitted that Symbian was not able to compete with Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS operating systems.
Dubbing the company’s proprietary OS a “niche player”, he also conceded that Symbian is seen as less user-friendly than its competitors which had real appeal to the mass market.
The candid comments contrast strongly with his declamatory address at the recent Nokia World expo in which he disparaged Android and controversially compared it to “peeing in your pants to stay warm”.
Vanjoki also used the interview to confirm speculation that he is leaving Nokia because he was overlooked for the role of CEO after Olli-Pekkall Kallusvuo was fired.
Kalllusvuo was instead replaced by Stephen Elop previously the head of Microsoft’s business wing.
Nokia is currently preparing to launch its flagship NSeries phone for 2010, the N8. The handset is the first to run its Symbian3 platform and features a QWERTY keypad, expansive four-inch screen and an eight-megapixel camera with high definition video recording.
Yesterday, our very own Joe Minihane set out a ten point plan for Nokia to follow if it wants to get back to the smartphone top table. Check it out here.