Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Jun 2011 20:14 UTC, submitted by vivainio
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Nokia may have gone with Windows Phone 7 for its future smartphone operating system, but until then, we now have the Nokia N9 to look at. Yes, a beautiful, top-of-the-line Nokia smartphone which runs MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan - but isn't this thing kind of a dead end? Also announced: the even prettier Nokia N950 Meego 1.2 developer device - only available to a limited number of developers. Sure to become a collectors' item.
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RE: Dead-end how-so?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 21st Jun 2011 21:23 UTC in reply to "Dead-end how-so?"
Bill Shooter of Bul
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2006-07-14

I think he means dead end as in, the first and last generally available device running Meego on Arm as a phone. None of that is official, but that seems to be the direction things are headed.

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RE[2]: Dead-end how-so?
by Not2Sure on Tue 21st Jun 2011 22:37 in reply to "RE: Dead-end how-so?"
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2009-12-07

In marketing speak, I think dead-end in that sense means, the culmination of years of engineering excellence! ;-)

It does bring up an interesting point though. I wonder how many people that are not Apple customers buy a phone based on the notion that there will be a next.x release of the same phone when either their contract expires or they next want to upgrade (in six months lol!)

I don't think brand loyalty really plays a significant role as it used to in consumer smartphone decisions. They seem to graivate to whatever is shiny at the moment, but I could be way out of touch. I own about 12 models so I'm not a good reference point ;)

Edited 2011-06-21 22:38 UTC

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RE[3]: Dead-end how-so?
by Praxis on Tue 21st Jun 2011 23:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Dead-end how-so?"
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2009-09-17


It does bring up an interesting point though. I wonder how many people that are not Apple customers buy a phone based on the notion that there will be a next.x release of the same phone when either their contract expires or they next want to upgrade (in six months lol!)


Its not just about the hardware, its the ecosystem. Sure its nice to know that you'll be getting updates, and its even nicer to know that you'll be able to upgrade to a familiar device later on. But its mostly about the apps, and games, you can't forget the games because smartphone are primarly entertainment devices these days. But if developers doubt your commitment to the platform, why will they develop for it. Very few people will want a smartphone if it doesn't have the apps they are used to. Are many developers still interested in Meego know that they know Nokia won't be throwing all its muscle behind it. Its a side project at best now.

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RE[2]: Dead-end how-so?
by dsmogor on Wed 22nd Jun 2011 10:39 in reply to "RE: Dead-end how-so?"
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2005-09-01

Nothing was yet announced, but meego labbeled as system for "future disruption" will be kept around.
As for N9, if the get their act together and squash remaining bugs before release it might have a good chance to sell to nokia loyalist.
It just need to have better gui and basic functionality than Symbian, and from what I saw on the videos it does just that.

And if it sells well, there's a chance Nokia internal "own os" lobby will gain traction enough to revive the line.

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RE[3]: Dead-end how-so?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 22nd Jun 2011 11:54 in reply to "RE[2]: Dead-end how-so?"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Nokia Loyalists? I don't think there are enough of those to prevent the n9 from failing to sell significant quantities.
Two additional Ifs also required, including a complete shift in corporate strategy. It *could* happen, but it looks pretty unlikely.

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