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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RE: Comment by Wafflez
by sicofante on Tue 10th Jul 2012 12:01 UTC 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[3]: Comment by Wafflez
by sicofante on Thu 12th Jul 2012 23:12 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Wafflez"
sicofante Member since:
2009-07-08

That totally depends on how big your operations costs are. I build and sell professional workstations, match Dell, HP or Lenovo prices (beat them in performance, which is really easy these days) and earn quite a happy living. No need to become a millionaire.

These guys will have 100 employees by the end of this year. They don't need to sell millions of phones to feed them. They might as well aim for high quality at some higher price.

Edited 2012-07-12 23:13 UTC

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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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RE[3]: Comment by Wafflez
by zima on Thu 12th Jul 2012 15:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Wafflez"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

It is relatively easy to create a simple application [...] 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

Sad thing is... particularly Skype maybe even isn't the best model to follow, original Gtalk win32 client always seemed to me a lot more pleasant.
Also much easier to install and grasp by "computer illiterates" (when guiding them via long-distance phone call, to quickly set up "free" VoIP). And it certainly had much more nimble team than Skype, also proportionally (taking into account its limited, in comparison, functionality - still, there were leaks of some internal versions with support for POTS calling; really too bad it was abandoned)

Similar with Word - with how many people seem to use it, something between Wordpad and Abiword or TeXmacs (or, even better, LyX - maybe typical documents would look better) could probably suffice...

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RE[3]: Comment by Wafflez
by sicofante on Thu 12th Jul 2012 23:16 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Wafflez"
sicofante Member since:
2009-07-08

Since I was speaking hardware wise, there's not too much to disagree...

But since you insist: they will be using well established application frameworks for the market to develop apps. In the same way Photoshop is not developed by Apple or Microsoft, apps for MeeGo won't be developed by Jolla Mobile. So, sorry, I don't get your point.

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