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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Nokia failed to build a platform
by orsg on Sun 23rd Oct 2011 09:01 UTC
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Member since:
2011-02-09

So, yes, this is one piece of beautiful hardware. That's where Nokia has always been strong.

What Nokia failed to realize is that not only does the quality of their own Software matter, but the existence of a ecosystem around this OS. With Nokia abandoning Maemo for Meego, and now releasing Meego although it is already dead and dropped for Tizen, NO ONE will ever write apps for this piece of technology, because NO ONE wants to rewrite own apps every year or two, because some marketing bosses seem to know a better platform. Android sticks with it's design, but it has Apps. Nobody at Nokia seems to realize, that people do not use the phone's OS, they use Apps on this phone. No Apps, no buyer. It's as simple as that.

Under this perspective, I still find it very reasonable to team up with MS as partner for developing the next platform, that Nokia's phones will be running.


Oh and btw: you say Nokia will always be a name in history because they invented the phone and stuff, Android will not. Don't you mix up things a little?
I could equally state "Google will always be remembered, Meego not". Yes, Nokia did some bright things, but their software for the last 5 years was not part of this bright side that will be remembered.

Edited 2011-10-23 09:13 UTC

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

What Nokia failed to realize is that not only does the quality of their own Software matter, but the existence of a ecosystem around this OS. With Nokia abandoning Maemo for Meego, and now releasing Meego although it is already dead and dropped for Tizen, NO ONE will ever write apps for this piece of technology, because NO ONE wants to rewrite own apps every year or two, because some marketing bosses seem to know a better platform.


If Nokia were simply to provide Alien Dalvik, then the N9 with Meego could run all of Android's apps pretty much natively.

http://www.osnews.com/story/24388/Alien_Dalvik_Brings_Android_Apps_...

Instant platform.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

The word alien is pretty fitting here. You're going to trade an admittingly great swiping paradigm for an inconsistent mess.

Android apps are not even that attractive to begin with, they all generally blow.

Nokia needed a bright ecosystem. iOS is the walled garden. Android is the wild west. WP7 is just right.

Nokia has real opportunity to emerge as the #1 WP7 OEM, whereas they'd be just another OEM for Android. An OS with a questionable future given the litigation.

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henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Except, that would be selling the platform short by a country mile.

Also, providing a VM isn't a magic sticking plaster. What would be the reason to buy an N9 over a Galaxy 2S? There's nothing really compelling and the user interface is really something that might be recreated if it comes down to it. My N810 is now sporting a N900 style Maemo5 task display and app launcher. It's pretty well implemented and there's no reason that the Meego UI can't be aped on another platform if it comes to that.

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