Nokia: ‘We Have A Fight On Our Hands’ For Smartphone Dominance

On Anssi Vanjoki’s second day as Nokia’s head of mobile solutions, he admits it will be no small task to ensure that the largest handset maker in the world stays on top.

On the company’s blog, he tries hard to demonstrate Nokia’s commitment to the turnaround. He notes that he’s “even obsessed” with Nokia (NYSE: NOK) becoming No. 1 when it comes to smartphones again. The plan, as relayed many times before, includes building devices based on two operating systems — Symbian and MeeGo. He dismissed any ideas of Nokia adopting Android. “Despite rumors to the contrary, there are no plans to introduce an Android device from Nokia,” he said.

Unfortunately for Nokia, both Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and Google (NSDQ: GOOG) are winning the publicity battle when it comes to holding the title of intellectual leader in the wireless industry. While the two Silicon Valley companies rack up sales, Nokia is still months out from new hardware and software releases. As if on cue, the blog shut down yesterday, saying it can no longer support the company. Instead, the lead author will buy a Nexus One.

Vanjoki: “Symbian has taken a lot of criticism lately