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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He's completely right and it's good to hear him say it. Too many companies deny their problems all the way into the grave. I hope they use this opportunity to start actually competing. MeeGo has a lot of potential if it's used correctly, polished and brought to market. Things like QML and better integration with my desktop (and then the cloud, not the other way around) could be powerful tools and entice developers and users away from other platforms. I much prefer C++/QML to Java or Obj-C and I think I'm not alone. I want to see Nokia succeed here even if they are late to the party and have a long way to catch up now. Between the big strategy announcement he talks about in a few days and the MeeGo summit coming up, I'm keeping my fingers crossed we'll get something worth supporting in the near future.

I much prefer ObjC-Cocoa on my platforms.

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shmerl Member since:

Not portable - fail. Qt on the other hand is highly portable.

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ThomasFuhringer Member since:

Nokia spent USD 150 mn to buy Qt. They are in the process of plowing probably another hundred million into it. They could have done a fork of GNUStep and invested a fraction of that money to have a nice platform with a language and an API that Apple has proven to work marvellously. They would even more or less share the developer base with Apple.

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ebasconp Member since:

The software stack is not the problem and Qt is demonstrating that it is a perfect viable SDK to almost everything they want to do.

The problem is with the software stack "replacement" by itself. Moving to Meego, disposing everything Hildon/GTK+ in favor to Qt has meant a lot of work already done to be flushed. Now, with Meego in an "almost ready" state, disposing it in favor of another library/platform/language/SDK will bring more delay in this already delayed thing.

I think they would have had to improve Maemo 5, release Maemo 6 and Maemo 7 with a lot of improvements and polishment while refactoring everything building their Meego. So, they would have had something to deliver in the meanwhile.

Please Nokia, don't flush YOUR software stack; please Meego, don't die.

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