Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Jun 2011 20:14 UTC, submitted by vivainio
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Nokia may have gone with Windows Phone 7 for its future smartphone operating system, but until then, we now have the Nokia N9 to look at. Yes, a beautiful, top-of-the-line Nokia smartphone which runs MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan - but isn't this thing kind of a dead end? Also announced: the even prettier Nokia N950 Meego 1.2 developer device - only available to a limited number of developers. Sure to become a collectors' item.
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Dead-end how-so?
by Not2Sure on Tue 21st Jun 2011 21:17 UTC
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What exactly do you mean by dead-end?

That this was a false product announcment that will never see store shelves? I don't find that likely but Nokia never ceases to surprise.

That once launched this product will never receive updates OTA or via flasher? I also find that extremely unlikely but then again I could see Elop-esque tactics at work to ensure the death of the platform inside Nokia once and for all (ala "see meego hurts our customers time to circle the wagons on WP7 once and for all").

That there will be no apps created for the device? This I think might be arguable. I am certainly no longer interested in devoting developer hours to the platform after Nokia marketing execs pretty much straight-up lied to evangelists and developers. I gotta believe others share my feelings.

However, when it comes to the opportunity cost of not doing it if Nokia moves alot of these devices, it seems like the delta of getting a qt app from a symbian/Anna device like the N8 to this device is quite small. So to not do it would require some serious animus.

Still, the work involved in translating a more pure "symbian" app I would doubt anyone is going to sign up for. Time will tell.

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