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The story of Nokia MeeGo (TaskuMuro)

The story of Nokia MeeGo (TaskuMuro)

Posted Oct 13, 2012 1:27 UTC (Sat) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
In reply to: The story of Nokia MeeGo (TaskuMuro) by mjg59
Parent article: The story of Nokia MeeGo (TaskuMuro)

You might remember that this phone sank like a stone in retail. It took them about 2 years to develop a decent phone with a half-decent OS.

It would have taken much less time to polish their Meego offering.


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The story of Nokia MeeGo (TaskuMuro)

Posted Oct 13, 2012 1:32 UTC (Sat) by mjg59 (subscriber, #23239) [Link]

And a less polished Android device would have sold better? Meego wasn't an option - perhaps they'd have sold more, but they'd have spent massively more money in the process and done nothing to further next year's platform.

The story of Nokia MeeGo (TaskuMuro)

Posted Oct 13, 2012 1:36 UTC (Sat) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523) [Link]

Who knows? Nokia was famous for its hardware quality, there was a huge brand loyalty (in Russia, at least). Quite a lot of people would have payed a little bit extra to get a reliable good-looking phone.

Hell, a lot of people in Russia were still buying Symbian-based smartphones when Android had already been available.

The story of Nokia MeeGo (TaskuMuro)

Posted Oct 13, 2012 1:43 UTC (Sat) by daniels (subscriber, #16193) [Link]

> It would have taken much less time to polish their Meego offering.

Doubt it. It took two years to go from the N810 to the N900 and two years to go from the N900 to the N9, if you go on release dates alone. But if you take into account the fact that the N900 and N9 were developed in parallel, you start to see that making any Maemo/MeeGo phone took an unacceptably long time. And even then, the results - while impressive by the standards of open source phones - often faltered by comparison to the rest of the market.

Plus you have to take into account the stated intention of the N9 platform having no future (MeeGo-Harmattan vs. MeeGo), so by sticking with MeeGo, they'd retain zero same-platform advantage, and would probably have run out of cash by the time they'd managed to get sales off the ground.

I'm pretty sure that they'd have a much lower marketshare today if they'd stuck with MeeGo, than jumping to Windows Phone.

The story of Nokia MeeGo (TaskuMuro)

Posted Oct 13, 2012 1:51 UTC (Sat) by dlang (subscriber, #313) [Link]

so instead they announced that all development agsinst their current platform was a dead-end, released a windows phone and almost immediatly afterwords announced that that platform was a dead-end and that the phones were not going to be able to be upgraded to the next release of the software.

Nokia's foot-gun didn't need Linux for ammunition, they are shooting themselves quite nicely with Windows.

If they had actually stuck with any one platform instead of changing platforms for every major phone release cycle they would probably be far better of than they are now.

It's possible that Windows will save them, but it's also a new, unknown phone platform with no apps. In addition they can't change it as they are completely at the mercy of Microsoft. Microsoft does not have a good track record of supporting their partners over a long timeframe.

The story of Nokia MeeGo (TaskuMuro)

Posted Oct 13, 2012 1:58 UTC (Sat) by daniels (subscriber, #16193) [Link]

> so instead they announced that all development agsinst their current platform was a dead-end, released a windows phone and almost immediatly afterwords announced that that platform was a dead-end and that the phones were not going to be able to be upgraded to the next release of the software.

Yes, which was a shocking shocking error, proving that not only have they learned nothing whatsoever from S60 and ITOS/Maemo/MeeGo-Harmattan, they've also learned nothing whatsoever from Android.

> It's possible that Windows will save them, but it's also a new, unknown phone platform with no apps. In addition they can't change it as they are completely at the mercy of Microsoft. Microsoft does not have a good track record of supporting their partners over a long timeframe.

Windows Phone has 110k apps, some of which are shockingly high quality. (Many of which are totally pointless.) It's certainly got a much wider breadth of apps than MeeGo ever had or was ever destined to have, and the average quality is much much higher.

(Full disclosure: I own a Lumia 800, bought because I thought - and still think - the UI's fantastic and it's a pleasure to use. I'm also selling it, because they've killed the platform by not having upgrades.)


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