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 Praxis on Tue 21st Jun 2011 22:38 UTC in reply to "Dead-end how-so?"
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Its a dead end because Nokia execs keep calling it a dead end. All Elop has been saying is WP7 WP7 WP7 since February. He pretty much said that all of our products suck and WP7 is the future of the company. But oh by the way those aren't ready yet so please buy our symbian and meego phones, they are completely unrelated to WP7 and have incompatable app ecosystems but you should still buy them anyway for some reason.

I have no faith in Nokia's commitment to non-WP7 platforms, because the top brass of the company has shown nothing but disdain for them. All we've had saying otherwise are company blog posts from the QT, Meego and Symbian teams basically saying 'we aren't dead yet' and not much else. But really would they be allowed to say anything else. What will Nokia be saying once they finally ship a WP7 device and don't have to worry about killing interest in their other product lines anymore. It will take more than a token product release to fill a gaping hole in their release schudule for me to trust them again.

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RE[2]: Dead-end how-so?
by Not2Sure on Tue 21st Jun 2011 22:47 in reply to "RE: Dead-end how-so?"
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Yeah I hear that.

But a profitable line of business is just that. Just because it will not be the "flagship" WP7 lineup, I would find it difficult to believe that Elop would be allowed by the Nokia board to simply jettison a profitable model and all the expertise and talent that goes along with it.

All that is predicated on the the N9 being a success of course. Who knows, but I'm like you I think in that I'm not sure I care anymore. Part of my attraction to Nokia in the spirit of competitiveness was always as an EU counterbalance to the Cupertino/Silicon Valley (all innovation happens here) mentality. I think that is pretty much gone from the corporate spirit regardless.

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RE[2]: Dead-end how-so?
by lemur2 on Wed 22nd Jun 2011 00:05 in reply to "RE: Dead-end how-so?"
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All we've had saying otherwise are company blog posts from the QT, Meego and Symbian teams basically saying 'we aren't dead yet' and not much else.

Actually, there have been new releases of Qt and Meego since Nokia's WP7 announcement.

There is also the Calligra Active project, which is due for release in October, which uses QML and hence integrates with Meego. This project will deliver MS Office and OpenDocument (ODF) integration to non-WP7 mobiles (tablets and phones).
There is a video of it running here:
"The file format compatibility with Open Document Format and Microsoft's Office Open XML is some of the best to be found in a mobile form factor."

So, in truth, they really aren't dead yet.

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.

The development is covered by QML. QML apps will run on Meego and also on Android.





Edited 2011-06-22 00:19 UTC

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