Nokia's Elop reminds us that the MeeGo N9 is a one-off

Nokia's Elop reminds us that the MeeGo N9 is a one-offSo 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.

Via Engadget

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guest999986  Jun. 27, 2011 at 10:22

"After all, there's really very little upside for the company no matter how things turn out."

Corrections, there's very little upside for Microsoft/Elop/Ballmer/WP7, no matter how things turn out. If the N9 sells well, Nokia can return to the OS they've developed and control (Maemo/Meego), and they can make a lot of money. Sure they will probably have to drop WP7, but how is that bad for Nokia? It's only bad for Microsoft/Elop/Ballmer/WP7.

Stelph  Jun. 27, 2011 at 11:53

Providing the pricing is good, I am stillkeen to get one

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 27, 2011 at 12:38

swipe.nokia.com - does that look like the site for a product they don't wanna 'talk about'?
Elop is under immense pressure. Nokia's Symbian may be a 'burning platform', but it has a 400m strong established userbase.
WP7 is burning BEFORE it's even established. 400 euro WP7 handsets are going for 200.00...even 150.00. WP7 apps suck.
I tweeted yesterday, asking for a decent twitter app - zilch.

I have no trust in Mango, either. As it is WP7 is slick but laggy. The slickness covers up the fact that every single app I tried loads slower than even s60 3rd... Mango brings multitasking etc etc...that will not make existing hardware faster. The simplicity of WP7's UI hides the bloatedness. But it only hides it to a degree. Essentially it is a feature phone OS, and every feature phone for 200 bucks + is faster.
WP7 IS DOA. And Nokia would be stupid to say, 'MeeGo is 100% a one- off'... That is Ballmer's wishful thinking. Elop's the clumsy muppet with the poor script.

Stelph  Jun. 28, 2011 at 12:34

I have to say JanSt, although before I didnt agree with yours and other comments people have made I am starting to agree with you that, at the very least, Elop has made a decision to go for WP7 and is now blindly following that decision despite the changing environment and the apparent reaction fo the market! For example:

1) One of the reasons Elop gave for switching to WP7 was that Meego wasnt ready and they needed a new phone/platform now, except now Meego will be out before their first WP7 phone

2) Critics and tech aware customers alike have all reacted positively to Meego, signalling that in the tech aware market it will do well, and with a good and clever marketing strategy it would probably do well with the general public, but announcing that it may be a one-off makes most tech-aware people nervous about buying into the platform, and causes questions about support

My last hope is Elop is tied by some kind of NDA by microsoft that as part of the agreement they came to (and for all the money they paid nokia) that he has to be seen to support WP7 over Meego, which would make sense why Nokia still seems to be supporting and pushing Meego when Elop is slating it at every opportunity

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 28, 2011 at 12:45

Agree.
Must be stinging that Nokia will port MeeGo UI elements to S40 instead of Metro Tiles :p What will those future S40 users want to 'upgrade' to? WP7 or Meego?

And Stelph,
as to 2) yeah, why else would Elop have shown that Sea Ray? (which by the by could have been some proto they cobbled together for that 'stunt'. He didn't show much of it. Could have been a Metro UI screenshot for all we know :p )

Stelph  Jun. 28, 2011 at 13:39

This is true, and how funny if he had been rumbled that it was just an N9 with a screenshot :)

MeegoMan  Jul. 16, 2011 at 17:13

Nokia N9 Target Release Markets Rapidly Expanding Beyond 23 Countries

Since the initial launch of the Nokia N9 handset in Singapore on the 21st of June, the list of International Markets targeted for the retail released has continued to expand beyond the list of the initial 23 countries without much ado.

The most notable additions are Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Indonesia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway and Philippines.

Afghanistan, Lebanon and Pakistan have been added to the 56 other countries covered under the tri-lingual Middle East and Africa Nokia website.

Visit the short-link below for more:

http://wp.me/p1q9BL-4V

BLME,

MeegoMan

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 17, 2011 at 14:34

Thanks for that info, MeegoMan

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