Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jul 2012 22:05 UTC, submitted by Mbg
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Sorry for the delay in writing a story about this, but here we finally are: Nokia's MeeGo (or Maemo or whatever it's called this hour) is getting its successor. Yes, MeeGo, the short-lived but beloved platform running on the unicorn phone, the Nokia N9, will continue onwards in a slightly different form. Its new home? Jolla - a company formed by former Nokia chief operating officer Marc Dillon, who was the principal engineer for MeeGo/Maemo at Nokia since 2006.
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RE: Lots of wishful thinking here
by cdude on Thu 12th Jul 2012 08:45 UTC in reply to "Lots of wishful thinking here"
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but MeeGo lost its window of opportunity.

Why? What changed since then?

The argument when Nokia was switching to WP was, that there is a demand for a 3th ecosystem. WP was not able to fill that demand. Its, what?, 7th ecosystem so small that Forbes and others to not even bother to split the CE and WP marketshares any longer.

Since then there was exactly no other system which took over, which was able to fill that demand. Maybe Tizen will, end of the year. Maybe Blackberry 10 will, beginning of next year, maybe WP8 will, end of this year OR maybe Jolla will end of this year. See, how all the alternates are expected to hit market the same time? See how none of them made it to the market since MeeGo got killed? See that the only alternate to MeeGo was WP7 and, rather then WP, it indeed could have filled that demand. Yes, MeeGo was ahead of time. That is lost now. Now its only on time.

Will be an interesting race to follow. I bet my money on Jolla but maybe Tizen or Blackberry 10 would do too. Maybe even more then one does just like for example Bada filled a demand. Its not decided yet.

Android is now an established brand.

Are you living under a rock? Android was a established brand last year already and some would say even before.

There are no consumer selling points with MeeGo.

Customers see that different. There are reasons why the N9 sold better then Lumia even under that conditions.

All the benefits are for developers and open source fans.

You can say the same about Android and it would be as wrong. Only because it uses open source does not mean its only of interest for open source hackers. Give the N9 a try and you will notice how much it is target to the mass-market (no terminal except you activate the developer-mode, no filesystem-hierachy except you install 3th party filebrowser, no feature-blood except you install all kind of 3th party feature-apps and so on). In its defauylt configuration that device does target far less developers then average users.

Why bother when Android is free?

For the same reason Samsung does Tizen. For the same reason people agree that there is demand for a theird ecosystem beside iphone and Android.

Hell a company like Samsung could probably get WP7 for negative dollars. It's just not happening.

Samsung does WP7!![1] and offers phones running WP7 and they pay license fees like everybody else. But just like for every other WP vendor the Samsung WP does not sell. Hey, we are talking about Samsung. If Samsung cannot sell WP nobody can. But Samsung was clever enough to not put all on WP but also do Android. That is the difference between Samsung and Nokia, between success and failure.


Edited 2012-07-12 09:00 UTC

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