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

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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60 Comments

1. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

FLAY HIM! BURN HIM AT THE STAKES!

29. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

2. Leyjee

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 25, 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...

3. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Elop is a MS mole!

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

63. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 725; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

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

50. ryk unregistered

Trojan Horse.... they are called

4. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 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 :)

13. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

21. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

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

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?

9. chocolatebear76

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 03, 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"?

51. ryk unregistered

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

6. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

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.

8. jwgtn

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

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

10. AST3R1X2545

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

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

18. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

11. cheetah2k

Posts: 2140; Member since: Jan 16, 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...

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.

14. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Brokia, the name fits it very well.

15. ps316

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 19, 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

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.

17. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 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.

19. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

TONIGHT WE DINE IN HELLLLLLL!!!!!

39. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

This is for Sparta!!

25. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 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.

20. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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?

24. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

22. Eingild

Posts: 203; Member since: Apr 19, 2011

He's out of his mind!

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