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The story of Nokia MeeGo (TaskuMuro)

The story of Nokia MeeGo (TaskuMuro)

Posted Oct 13, 2012 1:39 UTC (Sat) by mjg59 (subscriber, #23239)
In reply to: The story of Nokia MeeGo (TaskuMuro) by Cyberax
Parent article: The story of Nokia MeeGo (TaskuMuro)

The cheapest Android phones are pretty awful. For the functionality it provides, Series 40 does a much better job. Right now, shifting the top end of the Series 40 market over to Android would either raise prices or reduce user experience. In a year that might have changed, but that isn't an argument for whether or not adopting Android in 2011 was realistic.

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The story of Nokia MeeGo (TaskuMuro)

Posted Oct 13, 2012 2:07 UTC (Sat) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523) [Link]

So? They could have continued selling S40-based phones. Moreover, they even had ported QT to S40 making it possible to write applications working on both platforms and providing a smooth migration path.

As it is, they now have no such possibility because WP8 phones are even more hardware-hungry than Android phones.

So they've traded control over the platform for PR assistance from Microsoft. So far that hasn't worked at all.

The story of Nokia MeeGo (TaskuMuro)

Posted Oct 13, 2012 2:09 UTC (Sat) by mjg59 (subscriber, #23239) [Link]

And supported three operating systems at once? That's where they had the problems to start with.

The story of Nokia MeeGo (TaskuMuro)

Posted Oct 13, 2012 2:17 UTC (Sat) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523) [Link]

And that's what they've still ended up with (WP7, WP8 and Symbian).

The story of Nokia MeeGo (TaskuMuro)

Posted Oct 13, 2012 2:29 UTC (Sat) by mjg59 (subscriber, #23239) [Link]

Calling WP7 supported is probably being too kind.

The story of Nokia MeeGo (TaskuMuro)

Posted Oct 13, 2012 2:41 UTC (Sat) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523) [Link]

Why? They still have to support WP7 for at least a year for existing phones that are _still_ being sold.

And WP7 and WP8 are completely different OSes, WP7 uses a WinCE kernel and WP8 uses a modified WinNT kernel. So they have still spent two years adapting OS just to abandon it later.

Both OSes share some level of API/ABI compatibility because apps for WP7 are written exclusively in .NET (with native API only available to Microsoft and a small clique of partners). But that was also true for the plan to use QT to make development possible for Symbian and Meego. And Meego/Harmattan was planned to be binary backward compatible with later Meego.

So the situation would have been EXACTLY the same.

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