Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 22nd Oct 2011 22:24 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Remember back when Nokia jumped to Windows Phone 7, abandoning all other platforms and future directions? Remember Elop's infamous 'burning platform' memo was coveniently 'leaked' to the web? Remember how Elop claimed Windows Phone 7 was the only way forward, since nothing else inside the company would be ready for prime time soon enough? Remember how I thought this was a very good and sane decision? Well, the first reviews of what will be the only MeeGo handset from Nokia (the N9) are in, and well... To whoever decided to go WP7 and ditch MeeGo: I don't like you. To myself: I'm an idiot for arguing this was a good idea.
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kragil
Member since:
2006-01-04

(The more annoying "I told you so")

"Nokia just lost all credibility with developers. Qt just a few weeks ago was to be the platform for all Nokia devices. Now it won't even run on WindoesPhone7(dayum, that name creeps me out)

Qt quick is the best way to develop great apps there is PERIOD. Sure a new platform needs some polish and that takes time, but Android showed that you can arrive late and still dominate. The smartphone wars are far from over.

Nokia will gain a nearly finished platform and few known brands .. well Xbox, but mainly Office. Bing is just unkown. Do people really care for Office anymore?

Nokia will loose:
-The 6 billion they invested in maps (Navteq maps or bing maps .. people will not care. HTCs WP7 phones will have the same mapping as far as the gernal public is concerned.)
-Half a billion they invested in Qt and Meego
-A lot of faith and cred with developers. Don't go around telling people Qt is the future and now it won't even be supported on WP7. Because at the end of the day MS controls WP7, not Nokia. MS is the daddy, Nokia the bitch.
-They will have to compete with the likes of Samsung and equal terms, which builds RAM,SOCs and displays and they will always be cheaper and faster. Anybody who thinks Nokia will be able to build better "more differiantiated phones than HTC or Samsung is just insane. MS wants WP7 to succeed, they couldn't care less for Nokia.

I could go on and on, but at the end of the day a great european company is doomed, maybe it already was, but now it is quite certain."

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bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

But if an OS falls in the forest and nobody uses it, does it make a sound? it is the APPS that are driving phones today and meego was DOA when it came to apps. Even my just turned 71 year old dad is looking at an HTC Droid because "That is where all the programs are at".

Now like it or not a percentage, higher than meego would EVER get WILL port their apps to WinPhone simply because of the relationship MSFT has with corporate America. in a way MSFT reminds me a lot of old big blue, not really going up but not going down either, and both are business heavy and consumer light.

so I'm sorry but Meego could have been the greatest thing since chili dogs and it would have went exactly nowhere. hell the only way MSFT is gonna gain any real share with apple owning the high and Google the low is to basically buy their way in like they did with Xbox and Nokia? don't have that kind of cash.

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No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Possibly. But then the N9 might get some additional developer support from using Qt and an open OS. There are zillions of Qt developers out there, and plenty of them will get the N9 simply because of Qt. Then they can develop for that and easily port their work to the world's biggest mobile platform, Symbian.

Then again, apps are overrated. "There's an app for that!" is just advertising speech for "the phone can't do that by default".

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aliquis Member since:
2005-07-23

meego was DOA when it came to apps.
It wasn't. Nokia made it.
I'm sorry but Meego could have been the greatest thing since chili dogs and it would have went exactly nowhere.
Android did. But maybe Google was in a better position than Nokia to bull it of in the mobile phone space?

iOS did to but then it was created by Apple which put some more finish on the smartphone and made it sell to the masses.

Edited 2011-10-23 11:56 UTC

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bert64 Member since:
2007-04-23

WP7 is also pretty much dead in the water when it comes to apps...

On the other hand, Meego is Linux based and thus would not be terribly hard to port the Android runtime to.. You could run Android apps unmodified, or significantly ease the burden of porting them.

Meego also used qt, and so provided a relatively easy porting route for Symbian apps

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