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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Why? What changed since then?

Arguably, nothing. If Jolla can create a compelling ecosystem (a big, huge, gargantuan IF) then maybe they can be competitive.

Nothing in MeeGo was ever intrinsically terrible, except for the fact that Nokia could not bootstrap an ecosystem in time.

It was prohibitively expensive in both time and money.

The argument when Nokia was switching to WP was, that there is a demand for a 3th ecosystem. WP was not able to fill that demand. Its, what?, 7th ecosystem so small that Forbes and others to not even bother to split the CE and WP marketshares any longer.

Windows Phone IS the third ecosystem. Sales be damned, the ecosystem is growing at an astonishing rate (outpacing Android even). It has amassed over 100,000 apps and over 20,000 developers in 18 months.

To understate that is dishonest.

Since then there was exactly no other system which took over, which was able to fill that demand. Maybe Tizen will, end of the year. Maybe Blackberry 10 will, beginning of next year, maybe WP8 will, end of this year OR maybe Jolla will end of this year. See, how all the alternates are expected to hit market the same time? See how none of them made it to the market since MeeGo got killed? See that the only alternate to MeeGo was WP7 and, rather then WP, it indeed could have filled that demand. Yes, MeeGo was ahead of time. That is lost now. Now its only on time.

I agree here, BB10, WP8, and MeeGo (I highly doubt they'll hit market before 2013) have opportunities (though WP8 looks a lot better in this regard, BB10 will also miss 2012).

Tizen, is for all intents and purposes, to me, never coming out. Seriously. How long has this shit been going on already?

Will be an interesting race to follow. I bet my money on Jolla but maybe Tizen or Blackberry 10 would do too. Maybe even more then one does just like for example Bada filled a demand. Its not decided yet.

Um, Bada sales fell off of a cliff. In fact, Bada probably serves as a case study for what would've happened to the N9. Strong initial sales, but the lack of an ecosystem would've crushed it.

Have you heard anything on the Bada SDK recently? No? Me either.

Customers see that different. There are reasons why the N9 sold better then Lumia even under that conditions.

That's interesting, because there are no N9 sales numbers. The "numbers" posted from the Symbian Forum was already shown to be misleading and inaccurate. There is simply no way to gauge N9 sales.

Samsung does WP7!![1] and offers phones running WP7 and they pay license fees like everybody else. But just like for every other WP vendor the Samsung WP does not sell. Hey, we are talking about Samsung. If Samsung cannot sell WP nobody can.

Except that Nokia has sold more Lumias in less than a year than Samsung has sold Windows Phones.

So, someone can actually sell Windows Phone. There is just an upper limit on sales by the dynamics of the sales channel.

Its more of a B2B issue in the channel than an issue of merit. Windows Phone isn't inherently bad, less capable, or less suited to be the Smartphone king. It just is coming up against a really entrenched competitor with a strong headwind.

Samsung had nothing more than token gestures on Windows Phone. Anyone can see that.

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