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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Sad what happened to Maemo
by Codester on Mon 24th Oct 2011 12:37 UTC
Codester
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2008-10-24

I think I read that Nokia first started working on a Linux OS in 2003. At some point they had Maemo and it was shipping on 3 small handheld wireless tablets. Then they had it shipping on a high end phone - 800 x 480 resolution and full sliding keyboard.

But then they had two roadblocks. Unfortunately, Maemo had been designed for GTK. But I imagine QT was viewed as a better GUI and class library for running apps on both Symbian and Maemo. So Nokia purchased QT and began to make development on both of their OSes use QT. This held up Maemo. Then Intel came into their picture and Nokia had to further spin their wheels integrating a mobile Linux OS, and one that was based on a different distribution (one was Debian and the other Fedora).

Had they just been able to continue forward with the GTK Maemo, there probably would have been enough phones going by the time they hired the Microsoft guy that a decision to use Microsoft's OS wouldn't have flown. Or better yet, they wouldn't have felt the need to hire the Microsoft guy.

Very very sad the way it worked out.

And the real problem in the US market was that for some reason Nokia lost all their deals with the Wireless companies. And if your phone isn't offered by the carriers at a discount in the US, you are not gonna sell many units. A Nokia employee that I talked to claimed that Nokia did not want to make slight changes to their phones as desired by US carriers which is why they were not being subsidized. If true, that was as big a problem as any - not doing what the carriers wanted.

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RE: Sad what happened to Maemo
by dsmogor on Mon 24th Oct 2011 13:17 in reply to "Sad what happened to Maemo"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Unfortunately the initial choice of GTK was the primary sin of the platform. They didn't treat it seriously at the beginning and ultimately it hit them.

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