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Nokia N9 Brings MeeGo to Life

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pauldg

Jun 21, 2011, 9:12 AM
Knowing that Meego and Symbian are going to be dropped, Nokia will have a hard time attracting consumers or developers to either of these platforms.

Don't get me wrong, I kind of like what I see here (except those sharp corners). I just can't see developers writing cool applications, so I'd be relying on Nokia alone for developer support.

Nokia chose not to jump into Meego, instead choosing WP7. This phone is obsolete before it's ever released 😢.
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Rich Brome

Jun 21, 2011, 11:06 AM
You're absolutely correct. I couldn't imagine developers caring. Yet so much effort has gone into it....

I wonder if there's a scenario where Nokia could hand the reigns to another manufacturer. It's an open platform, but Nokia does have their own flavor of it, and obviously a lot of engineers devoted to it. Perhaps those assets could be spun off or sold?
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Omagus

Jun 21, 2011, 12:09 PM
Sorry, when did Nokia say that it will drop support for MeeGo? Also, Intel has reiterated its support for the OS, so doesn't the lend credence to the idea that there *some* kind of ecosystem will evolve?
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pauldg

Jun 21, 2011, 12:32 PM
Omagus said:
Sorry, when did Nokia say that it will drop support for MeeGo? Also, Intel has reiterated its support for the OS, so doesn't the lend credence to the idea that there *some* kind of ecosystem will evolve?


Technically, Nokia didn't drop Meego, but they relegated it to an "experimental platform" and they admitted that they won't produce too many Meego devices. That kind of product/platform positioning means it will never be more than a niche market.

There will be some kind of ecosystem, but not the kind that attracts developers, nor regular consumers, for that matter. The sad fact is that Nokia is intentionally letting this platform fail.

Rich Brome said:
You're absol
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Versed

Jun 21, 2011, 8:11 PM
I don't think Meego is going to go away, I don't think in near term (next two or so years) you're going to see much with it. If Nokia, gets folder into MSFT, it may have more of a chance then you think. Seeing Intel has an unholy alliance with them. Sure, pure speculation.
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kingstu

Jun 21, 2011, 1:30 PM
As this is a Qt based phone, any developer who currently develops for Symbian using Qt will have his apps be easily available for the N9. As Qt is the new development of Nokia's S40 platform (non-smartphones) anyone who targets those 1 BILLION mobile devices will also easily work on the N9. Also, how the system is designed makes the need for hundreds of thousands of apps less important. It all depends on your use case.
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