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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jabbotts
Member since:
2007-09-06

Are they going to drop out and leave Intel holding Meego or put resources into developing it out fully? I mean; no prepackaged malware, no litigious hostility for "jailbreaking", no defective hardware "for the user's safety".. in these regards, they got it right. Even Android is more user hostile than Maemo ever was thanks to hardware vendors shipping defective product.

On the other hand, the Maemo change to Meego did break it's Debian heritage and cause me to question how many of my collected apps would not be ported to the new package format. (Not seeing much happiness in the Metasploit/Ruby area of Maemo)

Oh well, I have a year or two left in my N900. Hopefully someone has an equally open device with hide away physical keyboard and the closest possible thing to a fully general distro running it. Maybe Nokia's management will get things going again. If they do adopt Android, I hope they at least keep the Maemo community values in the mix and ship something like the Nexus but with a slide-out four row keyboard and whatever new sensors are the norm by then.

(I'd also like to know how much data Android feeds back to Google. At minimum, the "ecosystem" around it is gonig to need some polishing.)

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

If Nokia would not life up to developing Meego, I doubt we'll see such a phone. Because I doubt Intel will make phone(part)s.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

True, I was thinking Intel keeps Meego as the most open OS and closest to a standard Linux distro. Someone else builds hardware and ships it with Meego and open hardware drivers.

The Maemo community has something to migrate too. The mobile market retains at least one open option with a sane software distribution.

For me, the reason I stopped carrying a PDA was because my mobile phone finally included a real OS that offered an upgrade to my phone/PDA combinations. I mean, i really did try to find an Android phone before lucking into a reasonable price on an N900 (another reason Nokia's in sht; didn't ship the N900 to more markets at a more reasonable price). Every Android phone I looked at seriously had some deal breaker involved; usually the result of OEM implementation (wtf? enabling root shell is not a single package download that works on any Android device?). Google's overbearing need to consume and own all my information didn't help much either.

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