N9 Won’t Have A Chance; Nokia Dropping MeeGo After Its Release
Nokia’s N9 may have a great look, some cool features like NFC, and a lightning-fast camera, but despite all it has going for it, it seems like everyone who hears about it leaves thinking, “MeeGo? Really?” Not that Nokia would release such a thing, but there’s little doubt that enthusiasm would be much higher were this an Android device, for instance. So, you’d think that the one thing Nokia should concentrate on when promoting the N9 would be the viability of MeeGo as an easy-to-use, powerful smartphone OS worth paying attention to. Well, that’s not so much happening, as instead Nokia has decided to announce that the N9 is it when it comes to Nokia and MeeGo, and while it will continue with Symbian for some time still, future development is focused squarely on Windows Phone 7.
There was a chart Nokia produced for a report about its future smartphone plans, released back in March. As it showed the gradual shift to WP7, it noted “MeeGo net sales not illustrated”. At the time, we thought that meant MeeGo would continue on like a side project, with maybe a phone or so a year coming out for the OS; nothing necessarily cutting-edge, but enough to keep interest active. Apparently those sales just weren’t illustrated because, after the N9, Nokia won’t be selling any more.
If you were actually considering picking up the N9 once it’s released, does this change your plans any?