Posted Oct 13, 2012 19:14 UTC (Sat) by man_ls
In reply to: Going Android
Parent article: The story of Nokia MeeGo (TaskuMuro)
Exactly. There is one additional point: Nokia had a lot of in-house expertise about smartphones, being (once again) market leader and all. They had bought Symbian, a Psion spin-off, precisely because of that expertise. Firing all of Symbian might sound like a good idea to Garrett, but in fact they had built the most successful OS for smartphones ever (even today but not for long). In fact they defined the category in the first place! After selling some 400 million devices perhaps they know a thing or two.
I cannot begin to think how Nokia could not align Symbian behind Maëmo/Meego/Harmattan/whatever, and help them get up to speed with the times: GHz processors, high definition screens, etcetera (I don't have a lot of imagination left anyway). The end of the article must be quoted to find out how this came to be, but it may be disappointing: it paints a very common story.
The organization, however, was led from an ivory tower. Towards the end the individual developers had no say in, or even worse no knowledge about, the decisions and changes that took place in the background. Many Nokia employees we interviewed were, at the time, focused on their specific task, and not aware of the bigger picture of MeeGo development. The technology was developed in various teams, which did not communicate with each other. No one made sure that the pieces of the puzzle fit together.
A sad ending for what could have been our Free software phone wet dream.
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