With Nokia boss Stephen Elop all set to deliver a key address on a company strategy day next week, several leading analysts are increasingly of the opinion that the company should ditch MeeGo and team up with Windows Phone 7 instead.
Like the white iPhone and the Loch Ness Monster, MeeGo is so far known more for the fact that the general public has never laid eyes on it than for any attributes it's supposed to have. And having waited this long for the mythical OS, clearly some observers can't be bothered waiting any longer.
“Get rid of your own proprietary high-end solution – it’s the biggest joke in the tech industry right now and will put you even further behind Apple and Google,” Berenberg Bank analyst Adnaan Ahmad told Elop bluntly in an open letter also addressed to Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer.
“Push your Symbian solutions into the low-to-mid-range smartphone market as quickly as possible to defend market share versus Android’s upcoming lowered cost ecosystem.”
Nokia will argue that – on the latter point at least – that's exactly what it's been trying to do, but on the former it would signal defeat after making a massive strategic and time investment in the MeeGo platform with partner Intel.
MeeGo is a combination of the Maemo operating system seen on the well regarded Nokia N900 from a couple of years ago, and Intel's Moblin. The problem is, we knew about that much two 12 months ago when MeeGo was first announced. A year later, still no hardware, and still no fixed date for when we'll be getting some.
Ahmad's tough talk didn't stop with just Nokia, either. He said the move was just as important to Microsoft, too. Addressing Ballmer, he asked: “right now, do you really think HTC, Samsung and LG are pushing your products ahead of Google’s? You need to tie yourself to a high-volume player to be relevant, which I know goes against your DNA.”
Another analyst, Wedge Partners' Brian Blair, argued that moving to WinPho 7 “would address the key concern we have had about Nokia for the last several years: terrible software”.
He did suggest, however, that Nokia might already be thinking the same thing.
“Until recently,” he is quoted by Forbes as saying, “we believe there were a handful of MeeGo-based handsets slated for release in the back half of 2011, though we believe the potential release schedules for these phones have been halted indefinitely, a sign that Nokia is about to dramatically change its direction.”
Via PC Pro