Nokia drops first MeeGo phone before launch -sources

Wed Feb 9, 2011 5:38am EST

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HELSINKI, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Nokia (NOK1V.HE) has ended development of its first smartphone using its new MeeGo operating system before it was ever launched, two industry sources close to the company said. A spokesman for Nokia declined to comment.

The yet unproven MeeGo software platform, seen as a key weapon in Nokia's battle against Apple (AAPL.O) and Google (GOOG.O) in the high end smartphone market, was created early last year from the merger of Nokia and Intel's (INTC.O) Linux-based platforms Maemo and Moblin. [ID:nLDE61E0Z2] Analysts said Nokia could still show the next MeeGo device, even if unfinished, later this week at its investor day in London on Friday or news conference in Barcelona on Sunday. (Reporting by Tarmo Virki; Editing by Greg Mahlich)

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Octothorpe1 wrote:
This just goes to demonstrate the complete failure of Nokia as a company. There are current 2 mobile platforms that anyone is really interested in, Android and iOS. If you can’t beat them, join them. No, Windows Phone 7 will not save you, it is a failure itself, mostly due to Microsoft.

Feb 09, 2011 9:44am EST  --  Report as abuse
bempey wrote:
Octothorpe nailed it. How messed up do you have to be to drop a viable SW platform in favour of a crippled OS (Windows 7 Mobile) from a company that is totally irrelevant in both the current mobile market and the future of computing in general? Microsoft can’t save themselves, so how would they save Nokia?

Feb 09, 2011 9:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Nokia will not abandon Meego as a platform. At the moment consumers are more interested of Android and iOS because they have no experience of Meego. However, there are other stakeholders which are very interested in Meego; The mobile phone operators, especially in Europe, and content publishers, which both are fed up with Apple and Google going into their pockets. They have clearly announced that Meego is more than welcome. The software developers who have tested Meego, have been very impressed, and there is a great number of companies already now who put all the effort in Meego. Meego is a genric platform, not only be used in smart phones or tablets, but also in cars and other devises. The future Meego phone may thus talk with your car. Symbian3 works resonably well in current phones (N8,E7), but will eventually fall into the lower-end mobile phones. Nokia will not develop Symbian OS much further, the programming resources will be dismissed or put into Meego development. If Nokia will lauch a series of MSP7 phones in US, the reason would be a short term trick to satisfy investors (pensionfunds in US), until the Meego has established its position.

Feb 10, 2011 10:17am EST  --  Report as abuse
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