Nokia’s Elop Says MeeGo’s Definitely MeeGone

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.

One thought on “Nokia’s Elop Says MeeGo’s Definitely MeeGone

  1. The trouble for Elop is that there are hordes of developers in the wild who are waiting for just a handset like N9 to start developing applications and provide support.

    Furthermore, Android Applications can run on the Nokia N9, via Alien Dalvik, promising native performance with minimum repackaging of the original Android App. All the hardware capabilities are accessible to the repackaged Android App, and any further tweaking that may be necessary for 100% compatibility can be done via the Android SDK, which Myriad will provide later this year.

    At a single stroke, future owners of the Nokia N9 running on the Meego Harmattan 1.2 platform will potentially have access to more applications than Android phones, a staggering notion, considering that the Android Apps market was already growing at a rate faster than Apple iPhone Apps by February of 2011 and recent numbers from Hugo Barra, Product Management Director of Android in May 2011 showed that there are 200,000 Android Apps available.

    Compare this with the 300,000 over iPhone Apps available as of now.

    Add the current 48,000 Ovi store Apps as of June 2011 to the continued growth of the Android Apps market, it is likely that at the point-in-time of the retail release of the N9 worldwide, owners will have access to more Smartphone Apps than the iPhone!!!

    A truly shocking thought, especially when the number of Apps available for end-users have been the strongest selling point for any Smartphone device to date.

    The fact is it is more likely that WP7 will be stillbirth. Despite having 36,000 registered developers as of March 2011, there are only 11,500 WP7 Apps. This means less than 33% of developers who actually PAID money to register, actually developed anything for WP7. Just goes to show how much confidence the mobile App Developer Community for the Smartphone market have in WP7.

    So much so that one reviewer wondered aloud why Nokia would want to cast its lot with Windows when it already has a potential iOS killer in terms of user-interface, an “ecosystem” that it can control with QT developers dying to get their hands on developing apps in-house in the production stages.

    It is baffling how Elop has been forced to launch the very handset that can get him fired from his position as the CEO of Nokia.

    In a yet another surprising turn of events in the Nokia N9 saga, Nokia has officially declared continued support for the Nokia N9 and Meego Harmattan 1.2 platform after the soon expected retail release worldwide.

    See the tweet below from the Nokia’s Head of Portfolio Management:

    http://twitter.com/#!/klasstrom

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