Last week’s unveiling of the Nokia N9 brought MeeGo to the forefront of everybody’s minds once more, but if you’re really taken with what you’ve seen so far and wonder what the future holds, then Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop has some bad news for you – it doesn’t have one with Nokia regardless of the N9′s success.
The Linux-based MeeGo software was announced during 2010′s Mobile World Congress, and was created from Nokia’s Maemo and Intel’s Moblin packages. At the time, such phrases as ‘[it] heralds a new era of mobile computing’ were banded about, and how MeeGo was a ‘foundational step in [Intel's] evolving relationship with Nokia’.
Unfortunately, a year later, Nokia decided Windows Phone 7 was a better bet and dumped MeeGo before the OS had matured and any device could be released. The Nokia N9 is the one-off result of the original agreement, and no matter how cool it looks, or even how well the device sells, Nokia’s not for turning.
Speaking to a Finnish newspaper, CEO Stephen Elop said it didn’t matter if the N9 was a hit, there was ‘no returning to MeeGo’. Of course, Elop realises the N9 is a great looking phone which will turn buyers’ heads – so it’s a pure coincidence he ‘accidentally’ showed-off the very similar Windows Phone 7 Sea Ray a short while afterwards.
The N9 will go on sale later this year, and we’re expecting to see our first official look at Nokia’s Windows Phone 7 handsets during Nokia World in October.