Whatever happened to Nokia
? Just a few years ago, this company was living large, well atop every other cell phone maker in the world. Their market share from a global perspective was pushing 50%, and they seemed unstoppable. But now, investors are jumping ship and their market share is diving, and they've yet to create a compelling alternative to Apple's iPhone (let alone any other smartphone in recent memory).
Even Motorola was able to reverse their fortunes with the DROID
, but for some reason Nokia has been stuck in a rut. But that could all be ending soon enough. According to a new Reuters report, the company will use MeeGo
in their popular N Series handsets going forward, ditching the aging Symbian platform altogether on a phone series that stands the best chance of actually competing against today's best smartphones.
Nokia's next planned "superphone" is the N8, and it will be the first to push Symbian aside and use MeeGo instead. MeeGo is the product of combining Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo, and from what we've seen, the results are fairly impressive. We suspect it will make a great phone OS, and at the very least it should rekindle excitement in Nokia's smartphone line in North America. Ben Wood, research director at British consultancy CCS Insight, had this to say about the decision:
"The confirmation that MeeGo will be used for the next flagship Nseries device shows Nokia is betting the ranch on this platform to beat high-end rivals such as Apple's iPhone."
We couldn't agree more, and we're excited to see what MeeGo brings to the table, particularly considering that we may never see another WebOS phone with the HP takeover. If we lose a good one, we need to gain a better one.