Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 22:17 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Nokia board chairman Risto Siilasmaa went on a Finnish television show, and stated that while he is confident in Windows Phone 8, the company does have a back-up plan if it doesn't work out. Speculation aplenty - what is this backup plan? The answer's pretty easy, if you ask me.
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RE[7]: Yes please
by cdude on Wed 4th Jul 2012 17:23 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Yes please"
cdude
Member since:
2008-09-21

I disagree there. The N900 with Maemo was available for the general public,


A bit of history. From the beginning the plan to bring a Nokia device with a new software-stack was split into 6 steps, 6 milestones. That was Maemo1-6. At the very end, that is with Maemo6 Harmattan, was the final product which would become the official new Nokia platform for the mass-market.

That you where able to sell pre Maemo6 devices is fine. I had a N900 before it even was in the shops that did offer them. Yes, you could buy a N900 and the other Maemo milestones btw too. BUT they where never devices for the mass-market. They where developer-devices, proto-types if you like. That is why Nokia did not bother to proper protect the system, why e.g. the N900 got so less love and support once it was out and why you never saw an add, a big marketing-splash anywhere. It was not the final product. A milestone but not the final product Nokia would introduce to the consumer mass-market.

But how does that differ from how the N9 turned out?


Yes, how it turned out. The plan was different but the plan changed before release.

But some essential things are different. That Nokia did offer updates 2 years long. That Nokia made a store and connected its services and payment-systems. That Nokia had a bugtracker, support-engineers and dedicated cash to keep the line running and supported so Elop was not able to kill it completely off. But Elop was able to prevent that the product hits as many stores and countries as possible, that no marketing was done and the by far most worse action, he did announce the dead of the platform before release burning the new product.

I know the N9 was _intended_ for the consumer mass-market before beeing killed off, but the N900 probably would have been aswell if the smartphone market had been what it was when the N9 was designed.


Not to the roadmap that was done and followed till Elop came on board. The roadmap was split into 6 phases, milestones, maemo-releases. Maemo5 was never supposed to be the final mass-market product. That is why they did not bother to optimize battery-life for example.

Back then, it was still just a select few who actually had a smartphone.


When N900 was introduced in 2008 the iPhone was already over a year available.

In fact the very first SMARTPHONE was released 10 years before already by Nokia in 1996. Later a bunch of Symbian Smartphones followed. N900 was by far not the first and neither was the market not ready as was proven by iPhone. The N900 was just not ready yet and Nokia did not saw any pressure to accelerate the process.

So one could argue that the reason the N900 wasn't _intended_ for the consumer mass-market, was beacuse hardly any smartphone was at the time.


Try to look at the N900 as non-geek, as a non-techy, as Joe User. It was not ready for Joe User. It was also not ready to compete with the iphone.

The reason why it was not ready was cause Nokia had the Maemo 6-step plan and they believed they will have enough time to turn that reseach-project from a prototype into a product without any iphone or Android or Elop coming along.

Edited 2012-07-04 17:40 UTC

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RE[8]: Yes please
by plague on Wed 4th Jul 2012 17:50 in reply to "RE[7]: Yes please"
plague Member since:
2006-05-08

Alright, fair enough..
Some carriers did, however, put out ads for the N900, as seen here for example:
http://www.mobileindustryreview.com/2010/01/nokia_n900_is_now_a_con...

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