I did my best to push, prod, and shake out the gossip of MeeGo‘s release date from Nokia’s representatives in San Francisco over the last few days at CTIA, especially in light of rumors of a delay until 2011 given my MeeGo’s other parent Intel. Nokia’s reps on hand continue to say what they’ve said in the past–that we’ll see an announcement from the Finnish smartphone maker–who’s committed now to MeeGo and Symbian^3–by the end of the year. Now, whether that will mean just an announcement or an actual shipping product at that time is still unclear, but the good news remains that Nokia intends to keep us in the loop on MeeGo development efforts.
When we pushed further by saying that there aren’t any trade shows going on at the end of the year, Nokia says that their announcements do not always center around trade shows. I guess we’ll have to keep our eyes and ears open.
As to rumors about other operating systems for adoption on a Nokia handset? Users can dream on for now, or hack their devices.
Nokia has committed a huge expense of resources and capital on developing MeeGo and Symbian, and at this point in time it would not make sense for the company to bring on yet another OS. For Nokia fans, this should be very much welcomed news as the company will be innovating on the already strong foundations of Symbian and continuing to pour development efforts into MeeGo to create powerful devices, but Android lovers will be disappointed to know that the awesome hardware that’s made by Nokia will not be powering Google’s friendly robotic OS.
MeeGo is the OS platform that Nokia had announced would replace the company’s powerful, open, and robust Linux-based Maemo5 operating system. While I was reserved with Maemo5 in my initial look at the Nokia N900 because it is geared towards developers and not prosumers/consumers, I am optimistic with MeeGo. If Nokia can combine the excellent array of apps from its Symbian legacy, and create new and compelling apps for Meego, the platform should rival the best out there and, hopefully, won’t suffer from the same fragmentation issues that Android has nor the limited and confined sandbox that iOS is. What MeeGo needs is an intuitive user experience that will appeal to prosumers and a robust open-ness that will make geeks everywhere giddy.