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Nokia's CEO ready to abandon MeeGo, even if the N9 becomes a hit

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Nokia's CEO ready to abandon MeeGo, even if the N9 becomes a hit
You would think that with the reception received by the introduction of the Nokia N9, the company's CEO would be raving about the MeeGo OS that powers the device charged with keeping the Finnish firm alive. But instead, Stephen Elop is already looking beyond the N9 to the Windows Phone series of Nokia smartphones.

The Nokia N9, trusted with turning around the fortunes of Nokia

The Nokia N9, trusted with turning around the fortunes of Nokia

Elop says that the N9 depends more on the Qt application framework more than the MeeGo OS. But the Qt framework allows applications to be programmed for three of the OS used by Nokia, but not for the Windows Phone series . And that means that Nokia cannot go back to MeeGo. But that doesn't faze the executive, who says that Nokia's future is Windows Phone. Elop says, "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."

As for those Nokia employees who fear that Nokia will become a subcontractor for Microsoft, Elop rejects that sentiment. He promises that, "
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." The CEO also says that he receives emails from the software R&D team and says they are motivated.

While Elop might feel this way now, we wonder what would happen should the Nokia N9 become a mega-hit globally. From the sounds of it though, even if that should occur, as far as Nokia's CEO is concerned, MeeGo is MeeGone.

source: HelsinginSanomat via Engadget

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posted on 25 Jun 2011, 16:05 11

1. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


FLAY HIM! BURN HIM AT THE STAKES!

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 02:04 3

29. karanstyle (Posts: 188; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Hey! Elop, You duffer!! I'm gonna hit you with my shoe on your head, until you're bald

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 16:07 5

2. Leyjee (Posts: 47; Member since: 25 Feb 2011)


They should just release a small portfolio every year of meego phones for that fan base. I'm looking forward to their windows phones alot more...

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 16:09 14

3. Whateverman (Posts: 3223; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Elop is a MS mole!

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 01:12 6

26. rAghuuAnDrOidFan (unregistered)


MeeGo could have been the lifesaver to Nokia but thanks to "ELOP"...it can never rise again....after Android...Elop is the Worst thing that could have happened to Nokia

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 10:33

63. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)


Android would've revived their dumb asses. Should've jumped ship when it came to shore.

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 12:54 3

50. ryk (unregistered)


Trojan Horse.... they are called

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 16:33 11

4. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Hahahaha, even nokia's CEO is not supporting their own product. How do they expect the N9 to sell? If he does not want to support meego, at least be quiet about it, lol. This is very poor marketing. Well at least now, nokia fanboys would have an excuse when the n9 does not do well :)

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 20:12 5

13. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3024; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


lol I can't believe I am agreeing with you.

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 22:06 6

21. Whateverman (Posts: 3223; Member since: 17 May 2009)


I know right? The first time for me was hard too, I threw up in my mouth a little. JK, gemini.

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 16:38 11

5. Man2006 (unregistered)


Elop is such an idiot, why release a product with an OS that they won't continue with and are ready to drop. Instead he could speed up the production of Nokia's WP7 phones. How does he expect developers to create apps for an OS which will die very soon after it's release?

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 17:35 5

9. chocolatebear76 (Posts: 121; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


thank you man2006,that Elop man is a fool,you can not come up with such a statement on an unrelease product an expect it to do well,what does he think the consume are?"fools like him"?

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 12:57 4

51. ryk (unregistered)


He is just so busy pleasing his real bosses in Redmond.

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 16:51 6

6. snowgator (Posts: 3223; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Here is hoping this W7 line of Nokia devices is a runaway train kind of victory. If they do poorly, that train can't come back to any other station. All those bridges will have been burned, tracks and all.

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 17:00 5

7. Mike (unregistered)


I guess Elop got a call from Ballmer after Nokia released N9. After all Ballmer gave Nokia $1billion to work on W7. Just like the Yahoo CEO found out, doing business with MS comes with huge strings attached.

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 17:01 3

8. jwgtn (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


Nokia cannot go back to MeeGo....another company will. Perhaps Nokia will hand it off to someone else?

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 17:52 6

10. AST3R1X2545 (Posts: 4; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


I believe LG, Panasonic and ZTE are supposed to pick up the meego platform.

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 21:13 4

18. snowgator (Posts: 3223; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


I know LG is at least playing around with it. It has been very well recieved at least on the demo with the N9. Someone will grab it if the OS is solid.

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 18:38 6

11. cheetah2k (Posts: 836; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Why are Fcuknuckles running companies like this??...



I used to be a Nokia Shareholder, and to be honest I'm so glad I dumped my shares long before Elop - a man so out of touch with Nokia handset users - came into power...

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 18:38 1

12. monstermash123 (unregistered)


Nokia continues its long line of smart business moves.

In all seriousness though, I do think that's Elop just saying it so MS doesn't get all up in arms. I think Nokia will still develop MeeGo devices, but Windows Mobile will be their flagship.

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 20:13 2

14. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3024; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Brokia, the name fits it very well.

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 20:36 5

15. ps316 (Posts: 18; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)


The reason why he is saying is that it will be hard to find developers for QT which will be platform for MeeGo apps development. And its of no use of having 4th Eco System in place when we already iOS, Android and WP7 shaping up.
But they should continue with its research just like Samsung is doing with Wave platform.

Prady

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 20:41 3

16. cyborg (unregistered)


The question is how will Nokia WP7 differentiate itself from other WP7 devices? Pushing MeeGo should differentiate Nokia from ALL manufacturers that is until LG releases it's own MeeGo handset.

I hate to say this but N9 might probably be N900 take 2.

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 20:43 5

17. chunk1x (Posts: 248; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


Meego is a great OS but if you consider how much support it got with other companies, it just makes sense to go for WM. Pairing it with Netflix and Xbox live would be great for nokia to be born again just like PlayStation did to Blu ray. However, there will growing pains in the Nokia fans and supporters and it would a rough transition for all sides. Truth as it is, fans are not really mad at Enlop or Windows Mobile, they are just as scared of change and what will happened next to our beloved device. For me, if Nokia dies for this transition, I want to see a warriors death. Fighting to the very end but when it dies, Android and iOS is wounded gravely.

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 21:15 3

19. snowgator (Posts: 3223; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


TONIGHT WE DINE IN HELLLLLLL!!!!!

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 09:04 1

39. chunk1x (Posts: 248; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


This is for Sparta!!

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 01:04

25. chunk1x (Posts: 248; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


FYI: this is the exact post i made with other website except the word "warriors" is change to warrior's. Because i just figured out how to use discuss.

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 21:45 2

20. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5843; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Nokia and RIM seem to share a similar condition - CEO (co-CEOs in RIMs case) that are totally out of touch with reality. Maybe they could merge both companies and then sell the combined company to Huawei or some other Chinese company that is trying to get into the cell phone business?

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 23:27 4

24. snowgator (Posts: 3223; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


I do not think Mr. Elop is anywhere close to the level of sheer blindness of Abbott and Costello at RIM. He just believes in W7, and is willing to fly or fry on the faith he has in it. RIM is just stuck on an island, enjoying the Sunset without noticing everyone else in the Mobile industry is Sailing past them.

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 22:10 2

22. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)


He's out of his mind!

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 02:08

30. karanstyle (Posts: 188; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Hey! Elop,

You duffer!!

I'm gonna hit you with my shoe on your head, until you're bald.

Regards,
My Woodland

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 03:31 1

62. cheetah2k (Posts: 836; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


I'd pay you $100 if you actually went and did this lol :-p

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 22:22 1

23. ryq (unregistered)


why would i buy nokia N9 if nokia itself is not going to support it long term just like symbian? i believe the N9 was already in its fnal stage of release when nokia decides to go Windows but abandoning this meego project would be costly so they just release it just to get over it and avoid more losses.

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 01:41 3

27. jroc74 (Posts: 4930; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


And I liked what I saw from the N9 running Meego.

I'm just not feeling WP7...I can see myself choosing the N9 with Meego, WP7...I would get it if other options weren't available or falling off.

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 01:43 4

28. pirate_777 (Posts: 16; Member since: 27 Feb 2010)


Ok let me clarify things, today the market is like a battlefield, u guys saw how nobody expected the N9 and that they didn't say anything about it, and they were saying that they axed their Meego device. Well this is the same they are saying that to make the competition look somewhere else, im sure about that.

But if they really did stop using MeeGo, ill check what the guys at Panasonic are offering, because MeeGo looks very very promising.

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 02:29 6

32. Tushar kant Naik (unregistered)


And what if the N9 with MeeGo get success then WP7? This person is a terrible idiot. They should be thinking about their future of devices not about the future of their relation with Microsoft. Window 8 will get out by next year. Microsoft make fortune with their every OS release( except Windows Vista) and Nokia could go down with their diseasons. Elop man just try to look beyond. MeeGo on N9 got more attention then the so called WP7 phone. MeeGo can bring you guys back to business.

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 14:39 2

53. jthiagesan (Posts: 104; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


i agree

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 03:15 2

33. StreetNerd (Posts: 706; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


haha funny comments :P WP7>Meego......! so stop flaming plz..... -____-"

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 16:20 4

57. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


you burn in hell for that, bitch!!

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 04:39 1

34. nadeFrenZy (unregistered)


Meego is for research purposes.

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 04:57 4

35. Qandeel (unregistered)


Elop is still a Microsoft Employee, he is looking for his own benefit.

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 06:03 1

36. Dojob (unregistered)


The Microsoft Trojan Horse is winning again. This the way that Microsoft trying to take over Nokia. Nokia is leading to their doom's. Elop is not only the worst CEO ever but also the Trojan Horse of Microsoft. Eldar Muktazin statement is all true enough that Elop is destroying Nokia.

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 08:06 3

37. jthiagesan (Posts: 104; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


i think elop is ready to shut the doors of Nokia with his ideas

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 08:48 4

38. r2212xx (Posts: 41; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


What kind of CEO is he. He is ruining the company.

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 09:26 3

41. Ken (unregistered)


The hell with Elop ! just a week ago the a market disrupting device was bragged, and indeed, n9 has carried some hope to nokia fans like myself. And all of a sudden, Elop gives u s**t. He is a disaster to nokia more than a messier like many have thought he was, at least, he seems to look after microsofts interest more the the company he represents now. I don't see why nokia can't go meego or even android, to bet on w7 alone poses too many uncertainties and risks.

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 01:19 2

61. jroc74 (Posts: 4930; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


This is what I been saying since last year. All the other manufactures using WP7 have an Android phone too. And it isnt really hurting them doing both.

I said last year why cant they both WP7 and Android....now its why cant Nokia do both WP7 and Meego? Nokia is taking a big gamble doing only WP7 right now. Usually big gambles pay off tho. But when they dont....

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 09:31 2

42. and1one66 (unregistered)


Seems Mr. Elop is confident on his statements that Windows Phone is really the life saver of Nokia. Well, we will see to that when they announce their first WP7 phone that will stand them against their competitors. Nokias' WP7 should offer what is hot by that time (4Q of 2011 to next year), otherwise, they will fail again. Their WP7 should stand against Android and iOS. However, their MeeGo phone is one kind of an innovation that Nokia should look and support! This is really sad!

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 10:04 5

44. cyborg (unregistered)


"Nokias' WP7 should offer what is hot by that time (4Q of 2011 to next year)"

Okay, here's the breakdown, the upcoming Nokia WP7 devices should have:

Hardware specs: dual core or quad core preferred, 4.3 - 4.5 inch CBD AMOLED display, excellent keyboard, 16MP CZ AF camera, NFC

Software: Mango or later versions of WP7, removed WP7 limitations such as (these limitations are stupid, YUCK!):

No system-wide file manager
No Bluetooth file transfers
No USB mass storage mode
Limited third-party apps availability
No Flash (nor Silverlight) support in the browser
Too dependent on Zune software for file management and syncing
No video calls
New ringtones available only through the Marketplace
Music player lacks equalizer presets
No multitasking
No copy/paste
No DivX/XviD video support (automatic transcoding provided by Zune software)
No sign of free Bing maps Navigation so far
No internet tethering support
No handwriting recognition support

If these are not met, sorry Nokia, I'm keeping my SGS2. And congrats to Elop, well done sir.

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 01:16

60. and1one66 (unregistered)


That is why Nokia should remove those limitations to face other OSes out there!

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 09:43 6

43. wowfactor (Posts: 6; Member since: 03 Jun 2011)


resistance is futile you will be assimilated........

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 10:09 2

45. devil (Posts: 8; Member since: 10 Apr 2008)


when Elop declares that nokia won't support MeeGo only Win OS then why on earth they bring out the N9! doesn't need to bring out at all. now who'll buy this which OS got no future? wht they r trying to look or prove? thnx to ur superb decision, i doubt how well N9 will do now...

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 11:30 3

47. kamran X (unregistered)


hey you elop now that nokia have done something right you are going to f/uck it??? such an idiot...

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 12:12

48. phoneplayer (unregistered)


Sohai marketing

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 12:22 1

49. orenz4 (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Jun 2011)


yeh elop is idiot , way to sell n9 elop bastardo, bring this elop to mars let him die there, you are full of s**t elop. im planning to buy this n9 then you drop this s**t...

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 13:46 3

52. heyu.. (unregistered)


I wish..N9 becomes a hit..nokindows fail..LG pickup meego..wins big..elop..in a sorry state..lol...

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 15:25 3

56. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


yeah trow gasoline into your burning plane, specially when its frying around your base, it may even crash and destroy everything.....

now why release something you aren't interested to begin with?

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 00:39 3

59. Microsoftisowningnokia (unregistered)


If N9 fails, then he can have the 100% correct "reasons" to prove to everyone that nokia needs windows software badly.

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 14:42

64. Ryan4Nokia (unregistered)


And... the ELOPacalypse ... Continues!!!! Will someone assasinate him plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz​zzzzzz!!!! I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER NOKIA DEVICE IF MEEGO IS DISCONTINUED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WINDOWS PHONE 7 SUCKZZZZZZ .... IM SO GOING APPLE IF NOKIA MAKES THIS MAN CONTINUE TO F*#% -UP THE COMPANY I LOVE...

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 14:44

65. Ryan4Nokia (unregistered)


And... the ELOPacalypse ... Continues!!!! Will someone assasinate him plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz​zzzzzz!!!! I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER NOKIA DEVICE IF MEEGO IS DISCONTINUED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WINDOWS PHONE 7 SUCKZZZZZZ .... IM SO GOING APPLE IF NOKIA MAKES THIS MAN CONTINUE TO F*#% -UP THE COMPANY I LOVE...

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 21:45

66. ch figue (unregistered)


es mentira ..
rumores de algun iphone fan o android duh

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