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Elop Says No Way To Possible MeeGo Comeback, Despite N9 Awesomeness

Elop Says No Way To Possible MeeGo Comeback, Despite N9 Awesomeness

Nokia's in a weird place. As if they weren't already in a weird place. They decided long ago to side with Microsoft and use Windows Phone 7 as their smartphone OS, shuffling MeeGo under the mattress in order to do so. But the N9 was already in the development pipeline. And the N9 ran on MeeGo. So, Nokia decided to go ahead and launch the N9 with MeeGo, hopefully selling a few while tiding over Nokia fans until 'Sea Ray' phones could launch with WP7 later this year.

But we're guessing Stephen Elop, Nokia's CEO, never saw this kind of reaction coming. By and large, analysts and media members have praised MeeGo and the N9 in general, leading many to wonder why on Earth Nokia would do away with MeeGo before even giving it a fair shot in the market. That's not music to the ears of Microsoft, and definitely not to shareholders of Nokia. In a presumed attempt to push away some of that noise, Elop revealed the first actual WP7 Nokia device a few days ago, but we have to wonder if somewhere deep inside, Elop was still reconsidering the decision to shelve MeeGo.


Turns out, he has no public regrets, and no intentions of going back on his decision to side with Microsoft. In a recent interview, Elop made clear that there's no possible comeback of MeeGo on Nokia smartphones. Talking to the Helsingin Sanomat, he said this: "“I have talked a lot about how we increase our staff’s accountability, our empathy to listen to our clients and each other, and our aim to avoid being arrogant. The N9 features many new breakthroughs related to its usability, design, and materials, which we will be utilising and developing further in our upcoming models. I cannot speak of them more specifically just yet, but they will soon become apparent. I have taken part in the conversations with the teleoperators and I have been part of the consumer test groups. The feedback has been extremely positive and I am sure that the Windows Phone system will be a great success. Nokia will continue its research and development on the software side, as well as in services and equipment design. We will build inventions for our Windows phones that will make us stand apart from our competitors and bring significant additional advantage to our application developers."

For MeeGo lovers, that's a tough pill to swallow. But hey, at least the N9 is actually shipping, rather than being just another canned handset.
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I really don't think Nokia can go back on their word with Microsoft it would be very bad for business. I doubt MeeGo is going to go away completely though since you can still download the OS from the site. It will be interesting to see if they continue to develop it further.

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I could have sworn that MeeGo was designed for use in automotive infotainment centers, rather than on phones.

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For those without a scorecard: MeeGo is what came from the marriage of Moblin (Intel) and Maemo (Nokia). It's a very under-marketed Linux-powered platform.

I, for one, think it would be quite hilarious if this phone did great, and Elop was given the boot after its successor (which will be quite late to market as WinPho7 units go) falls flat. I'm all for diversity and co-existence with WinPho7 phones, but not when it practically eliminates a better platform solely due to back-room deals with former co-workers.

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If they completely scrap an idea that is liked by their consumers I would not consider that very smart business. Customer retention is the name of the game so they should work hard on finding a way to please both customers and shareholders. The more I just thought about this though I am sure the community could still find workarounds if they really wanted to continue using MeeGo as the OS.

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Elop's strategy is quite evil. By saying there's no return for Meego it automatically means people interested in Meego won't buy it. So now Meego won't be successful, as it w/could easily have been, and Elop will tell the shareholders how he saved the company with his decision to go with WP7.

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I just did some research and MeeGo is not going to disappear. It has been selected as the operating system to be used by the GENIVI Alliance, which is designing the automotive standard infotainment software for use by all automotive manufactuers. Ford/Microsoft is pretty much the only major player combo not on board.

Although it sucks that Nokia is dropping them, don't expect MeeGo to go away anytime soon.

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Thanks for the info @InfinityzenN1. I think the N9 is an amazing phone, I love the look of it. MeeGo in a car would be cool, I like how the technology is moving to vehicles now. I was jazzed that my car has an aux in! That was cutting edge tech when I got it.

I wonder how many of these fans and reviewers are saying they love MeeGo only because it's going away. I bet they would have ripped it apart if they were planning to continue development. I personally like the phone a lot but I would never buy it.

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Y'all are just now figuring out that Finland is a weird place?!:P

This makes perfect business sense, I am sure any tech support would have been on the shoulders of Nokia for Meego's OS. This way they can just get MS to get their people in India to do it:P

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It's sad that Nokia is no longer going to be supporting the baby they help made but there is hope.

It's Open Source, it can be modified or made for any usage whatsoever "phones", "tablets", "pda's", "navigational systems" and it can be installed on anything. Sure, it'll be a long time before we see a phone or GPS preloaded with MeeGo but I'm sure that the community will help support it through these tough times.

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It will be interesting to see what (if anything) becomes of MeeGo. It seems strange for Nokia to have only one handset running on MeeGo, but I guess that's how things are going to be.

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