Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jul 2012 22:05 UTC, submitted by Mbg
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Sorry for the delay in writing a story about this, but here we finally are: Nokia's MeeGo (or Maemo or whatever it's called this hour) is getting its successor. Yes, MeeGo, the short-lived but beloved platform running on the unicorn phone, the Nokia N9, will continue onwards in a slightly different form. Its new home? Jolla - a company formed by former Nokia chief operating officer Marc Dillon, who was the principal engineer for MeeGo/Maemo at Nokia since 2006.
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Comment by Wafflez
by Wafflez on Tue 10th Jul 2012 00:09 UTC
Wafflez
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2011-06-26

Will it gain any traction at all (aka having good commercial software and dropping support right after release) - NO.

Will I still be buying it - HELL YES.

Nokia N900 owner here, just can't find any phone to replace it with (Android can go f--k itself). Was looking at Dell Venue Pro, but WP 7 wasn't that good (I hope WP 8 will fix that).

Edited 2012-07-10 00:10 UTC

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RE: Comment by Wafflez
by ebasconp on Tue 10th Jul 2012 00:18 in reply to "Comment by Wafflez"
ebasconp Member since:
2006-05-09

Exactly everything that I was about to say, word by word! ;)

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RE[2]: Comment by Wafflez
by freebsd on Tue 10th Jul 2012 12:51 in reply to "RE: Comment by Wafflez"
freebsd Member since:
2010-08-26

I too was thinking same about Wafflez's comment, wanted to reply him, then saw your comment
Android can go f**k itself ;) really wonder why can't they build a phone which behaves like a computer, which they already are!! A Nokia N900 owner.

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RE: Comment by Wafflez
by shmerl on Tue 10th Jul 2012 01:03 in reply to "Comment by Wafflez"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

Not sure what you mean by traction. Enough users to support their efforts is already traction. They don't need to be Nokia #2 in scale of their production and sales. They need to be profitable and find their users (and they will). Open Linux devices are in demand, even if it's not the top world market.

Edited 2012-07-10 01:06 UTC

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RE: Comment by Wafflez
by sicofante on Tue 10th Jul 2012 12:01 in reply to "Comment by Wafflez"
sicofante Member since:
2009-07-08

They don't need any "traction". Why do people think you have to make an absurd amount of money to keep a company afloat? Not everyone needs/wants to be Google or Apple.

As a matter of fact, with digital manufacturing (3D printing) around the corner, I foresee lots of small companies and even individuals making all sorts of electronics in the not so distant future without giving a damn about "world domination".

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RE[2]: Comment by Wafflez
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 10th Jul 2012 14:51 in reply to "RE: Comment by Wafflez"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Creating good phone set hardware in low volume is costly in 2012. "Traction", in other words high volume sales, reduces cost per unit and allows companies to make a small profit. I don't think they'll be able to touch Nokia's original price point for unlocked hardware.

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RE[2]: Comment by Wafflez
by ebasconp on Tue 10th Jul 2012 15:23 in reply to "RE: Comment by Wafflez"
ebasconp Member since:
2006-05-09

Software wise I disagree with your comment.

It is relatively easy to create a simple application that, don't know, access to a web service, asks for the weather of some location and returns the information in a fancy way; but it takes a lot of hands to create something like Photoshop, Microsoft Word or Skype.

Creating a platform or a complex software is something terribly complex: You need to have developers, testers, graphical designers, project managers, marketing people, translators, etc. etc.

I think the "app stores" give the common people the opportunity to publish their software and earn some money with that, but also "app stores" are the responsible of the poor quality software we see in them.

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