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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Meego will go the way of BeOS.
by Bengar on Tue 10th Jul 2012 00:21 UTC
Bengar
Member since:
2009-07-30

It's all about the apps.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

It helps to know what you are talking about, you know. Lack of mainstream apps was only a small part of what took the company down. The built in apps alone were better than the third-party-only alternatives for Windows. There was a much wider selection of feature-complete, professional quality apps for BeOS than for GNU/Linux at the time, where everything was still at version .001 back then. Granted, the Linux devs' focus wasn't on mainstream desktop computing in that era, but Red Hat and Corel were working to change that.

No, it was a combination of Hitachi and Compaq being bullied out of loading the OS onto their machines by Microsoft, and Jean-Louis Gassée's greed, that ended Be's existence.

As for MeeGo, there is a wealth of apps from the FOSS world that are a recompile/repackage away. I certainly never had an issue finding the right apps when I ran MeeGo on my netbook.

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l3v1 Member since:
2005-07-06

Lack of mainstream apps was only a small part


Well, for me it was not a question of apps. I really liked/like the N9, my problem with it still is that even today I'd have to pay around 380 Euros to buy one here unlocked, and around 300 Euros with a 2 year contract (well, to be correct, there'd be one for 60 Euros with a 2 year contract but with a monthly fee of 58 Euros). So come on. I mean my current Android phone was 30 Euros with 10 Euro/month fee with a 2 year contract. I also like Aston Martins, but I live from a salary you know.

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

I remember trying out BeOS R5 (still have the CD), and being disappointed with the applications available.

Sure the operating system was nice, but even the Amiga had better multimedia software at the time.

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sicofante Member since:
2009-07-08

It definitely isn't. Of course, that's what big corporations want you to believe, but most people buy/install apps for the sake of it, without even needing them (and abandon them in a matter of weeks, if not days).

If you need your phone to stay connected, you need a handful of apps *every* OS out there already provides.

If you're a kid and need lots of games, that's another story, but most other "apps" are perfectly replaceable by a webapp that already exists for even dumbphones.

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tony Member since:
2005-07-06

It definitely isn't. Of course, that's what big corporations want you to believe, but most people buy/install apps for the sake of it, without even needing them (and abandon them in a matter of weeks, if not days).

If you need your phone to stay connected, you need a handful of apps *every* OS out there already provides.

If you're a kid and need lots of games, that's another story, but most other "apps" are perfectly replaceable by a webapp that already exists for even dumbphones.


I disagree. There a lots of apps on my phone that I use on a regular basis. With almost all of them, I could the web version, but it's much quicker/convenient to use them as apps.

Tripit for instance. The app autosyncs, but it also works offline, which is critical when I'm traveling internationally. I mean sure, chances are there's some wifi (might have to pay for), and I can go through the trouble of logging into the airport wifi, log in to trippit, and check travel details. Or I could pull up the app with one press of the screen, and my full itinerary is there.

Same with Kindle. There's the cloud reader, but having an app sync up books and such is much easier (and more convenient).

Webapps on the other hand always require connectivity, and are generally slower to bring up (logging in, etc.) and aren't as nice to use.

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