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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kragil
Member since:
2006-01-04

Nokia should learn from Android and WebOS and make it better. I really hope they won't go WP7. That wouldn't make any sense.
I want a real Linux phone. Not like Android or WebOS. There is still no VOIP app for WebOS and Android is still strange.

I want a really powerful flexible Computer in my pocket that can easily extended to do anything, without Steve saying No to my use case, or WebOS' "closedness" getting in the way or Androids automagic making things complex.

I want a platform that I can fully understand and be aware of what it does and how it does it. Being close to upstream Linux Meego could be that platform.

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rhavenn Member since:
2006-05-12

I concur. If Nokia decides to go WP7 across the board I won't buy Nokia again. WP7 looks good, but has nothing under the hood and at the end of the day it's still Windows. Android is okay, but sitting on top of that Java stack hinders it in my opinion.

At this point I really don't know what's taking them so long. Writing phone drivers shouldn't be hard, especially when you make the hardware, and writing a 3G / network stack shouldn't be hard either, especially for someone like Nokia. They need to release some phones with Meego, even if the apps aren't 100% there. They need to market it and they need to allow it on non-Nokia hardware. They need to make it appear cool. If they build the core, the apps will come. QT is an awesome toolset and easy to develop in and a lot of apps will be portable with a little modification.

note: "hard" being relative. I surely couldn't do it in a week, but a company the size of Nokia should have been able to crank out a OS, especially one based on Linux where 80% of the work was done for them already, within a year or 2.

Edited 2011-02-09 03:17 UTC

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vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

At this point I really don't know what's taking them so long.

Pure speculation: maybe that same question has been asked (given the lag Nokia now has, probably several times) and someone in the upper management decided to "kick the anthill", i.e. shake things up and change direction. You know, like people shifting waiting lines in supermarkets just to have the "fast cashier" and get out as quickly as possible, or like people so adamant on being in the "lane that moves" that they change traffic lanes back and forth. Needless to say, I dearly hate the latter category but that's off-topic.

Some other posters have also hinted at a possible lack of steady direction as the reason.

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Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

I use linux all the time on my desktop, on my laptop and at work, but I seriously: I do not want Linux on my phone, it is not designed for that. Use a special purpose operating system and make me a smartphone that can last more than a day on battery..

I seriously want a smartphone by I want one that, as an absolute minimum, last at least 4 times as long as the best android and iPhones.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I use linux all the time on my desktop, on my laptop and at work, but I seriously: I do not want Linux on my phone, it is not designed for that. Use a special purpose operating system and make me a smartphone that can last more than a day on battery..

I seriously want a smartphone by I want one that, as an absolute minimum, last at least 4 times as long as the best android and iPhones.

Well, I believe you are right in Symbian's target audience ;)

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