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Nokia strategy – what about N900 and MeeGo?

13 February 2011Entry by

During last few days Nokia came up with few interesting, yet disturbing decisions. Cooperation with Microsoft, huge change in smartphone platform plans, sudden change of heart with MeeGo platform, so what can we expect with N900 and Linux smartphones from Nokia?

Let me start with quote from one of my favourite computer games:

The village is dying. The signs are everywhere. Withering crops… dying brahmin… sick children.
There is hope, however. A slim hope that few know of.

First of all I’m having mixed feelings about strategic cooperation with Microsoft. First of all switch in management, new CEO – Stephen Elop, originally president of Microsoft Business division, this was first sign of upcoming changes. I’m not saying that Microsoft is the greatest evil on whole world, but after acquiring such manager it was unavoidable that Nokia and Microsoft will cooperate soon. On the other hand I’ve seen emphasis on MeeGo during conference in Dublin last year, cooperation with Intel and AMD seemed quite steady.

Nokia N770

Nokia N770

Second thing is status of MeeGo, I feel that it will remain in the same state as Maemo from the very beginning, it will show up on one phone, most probably the one that leaked some time ago in pictures, mostly because of all of Windows Phone 7 strategy for Nokia smartphones. Let me remind you of some old Maemo devices, like Nokia N770 (internet tablet), which came with Maemo 1 and 2, next device Nokia N800/N810 with Maemo 3 and 4. Why this inventions were not continued on other devices? Same thing happened with Maemo 5, in my opinion pretty nice system for mobile phones, if it were continued and furtherly developed it could be really succesfull on newer phones, with more features, it could even compete with other popular platforms. But no, Nokia starts with something new, releaases on small market and finally abandons it.

Nokia N810

Nokia N810

Now I’m really loosing faith in Nokia. The hope I mean lies in our hands, in what we can do now, I think that giving N900 and Maemo 5 maintenance to community was the best thing that could have happened. Now we have the power to improve N900 and show Nokia that the’ve done very wrong by abandoning this platform. Who’s with me?



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