So the Nokia N9 has finally been announced, and it actually looks pretty good. So much so that a surprising number of even the more sober, mainstream blogs have been expressing the desire that it's not the last time we see MeeGo doing duty on a Nokia smartphone.
Except that it is, and was never likely to be anything else. In fact, Nokia boss Stephen Elop has just come out and kindly reminded us of that fact – good or bad though the decision may be.
We can't help but feeling that Nokia just wants the whole N9 thing out the way. After all, there's really very little upside for the company no matter how things turn out. If the Nokia N9 is loved, Nokia looks stupid for dropping MeeGo. If it's hated, the company loses a valuable stepping stone to keep its sales at least moderately respectable in the run-up to the first Windows Phone appearing.
As it turns out, it's the first of those scenarios. The Nokia N9 looks great, has a decent – if not world-beating – spec, and most of all has an interface that seems quick, responsive and easy to use.
So much so that calls are growing for Nokia to backtrack on its decision to drop MeeGo, and build on the clear promise the OS shows on the N9.
Well, for those that missed the obvious “ahem” of Stephen Elop attempting to steal MeeGo's thunder in a huge way by showing off the very obviously N9-like Sea Ray Windows Phone prototype just days after the N9 was announced, not to mention the complete impossibility of backtracking on a multi-billion dollar deal put in place nearly half a year ago, Elop has kindly spelled it out again an an interview with Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat this week: Nokia is finished with MeeGo. And that's all there is to it.