Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Feb 2011 00:04 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Speaking of Nokia - Engadget got their hands on what is supposedly an internal memo sent to Nokia employees by the company's new CEO. It's... Brutal. As in, brutally honest. There's no sugar-coating here, no unicorns, no glitter. "Nokia, our platform is burning." Update: Android is probably out of the question. Will it be Windows Phone 7, after all? Damn; Palm tonight, Nokia Friday - what a week for mobile! Update: The "Communities Dominate Brands" blog published an in-depth analysis of the memo, which claims with sound arguments that it might well be a hoax.
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by sirspudd on Wed 9th Feb 2011 01:39 UTC in reply to "..."
sirspudd
Member since:
2010-10-13

You think Qt slowed them down?

I would estimate the time taken to make a Qt interface/application set (browser/mail/media player) of comparable quality to the current (gtk) n900 stack, to be around 3 months for a moderate sized team.

It would be faster, it would be portable and it would be feasible. It would not have been QML, that was not out the door, but it would have been Qt as known and loved by legions, and the KDE dudes could have gone to town on the resulting device.

The n900 was 5 years late, under loved and an only child. Nokia rode a lone horse (Symbian) architected with way too much of an emphasis on performance (at the cost of extensibility, convenience and broad usage) straight into the ground.

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by sirspudd on Wed 9th Feb 2011 01:41 in reply to "RE: ..."
sirspudd Member since:
2010-10-13

5 years late because the n770 should have been a phone

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by moondevil on Wed 9th Feb 2011 09:17 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

That was exactly my feedback when I used to work there, but hey I was just one more employee.

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by Hiev on Wed 9th Feb 2011 02:06 in reply to "RE: ..."
Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

You think Qt slowed them down?

By far it did, and drayned a lot of money in the process.

it would estimate the time taken to make a Qt interface/application set (browser/mail/media player) of comparable quality to the current (gtk) n900 stack, to be around 3 months for a moderate sized team

You dream to much, and the reality says the contrary.

It would be faster, it would be portable and it would be feasible

"It would" differs from "It does", being multiplatform brings zero to the table, it just need to run well on Nokia phones.

The n900 was 5 years late

In the contrary, it was a phone ahead of its time, many many agree with me.

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by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 9th Feb 2011 04:26 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

What parts of the N900 do you feel were ahead of it time, hardware or software wise? The only notably good feature I can note( completly open system), is of little benefit to common users.

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by jello on Wed 9th Feb 2011 17:31 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
jello Member since:
2006-08-08

I owned a n900 for exactly 2 weeks:

GPS locking time was horrendeous; the need to wait more than 5 minutes to lock-in is too much.

The video output was hillarious. the 3.5" screen had 800 pixel (width) and the video out 640 pixels; the video output changed proportions: every circle on the n900 was an ellipse on the TV. Great!

There was more but this is what comes to mind as soon I think of the n900.

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by Carewolf on Wed 9th Feb 2011 18:48 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

I don't think Qt drained them for a lot of money. If I remember the magnitudes correctly. Qt Software was practically free compared the costs that are usually associated with the mobile business.

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