MeeGo to return next month with Jolla phone launch (The H)
Posted Oct 5, 2012 10:19 UTC (Fri) by khim
In reply to: MeeGo to return next month with Jolla phone launch (The H)
Parent article: MeeGo to return next month with Jolla phone launch (The H)
I don't think they have a chance. Nokia most definitely had a chance but it blew it with it's Microsoft's surrender, but Jolla? I doubt it. It's all about timing.
This year about 40% of all phones sold are smartphones. Next year we'll pass 50% point. Which means that while in the last few years most smartphone users had dumbphone background and it was easy to attract them couple years down the road most users will already have a collection of apps and sizable chunk of data tied to one platform when they will come to shop to pick a new smartphone.
Thus maybe, just maybe Jolla have two years left out of the window of opportunity - but they plan to make sure this window will not be used to it's full extent because its "well-patented" user interface will be closed and thus unavailable for many tiny players. And they have no billions for Microsoft-style marketing gimmicks.
This is similar to introduction of Mac and NeXT Computer: they were produced and developed under the very same Steve Jobs which later gave us iPod, iPhone and iPad. Yet Mac only achieved modest success while NeXT is just historical curiosity. Because both were introduced later in the game when PC market passed it's "most buyers are new buyers" stage. Similarly: Nokia had some chance of success last year, Microsoft have much smaller chance this year (WP8 is truly the last bet it can place in this game) but Jolla? They have run out of time.
Sad, really. MeeGo looked promising on N9...
to post comments)