Is Nokia's first MeeGo device DOA? Here's what we know

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Reuters is reporting that Nokia’s first device running MeeGo, its ‘next generation’ mobile operating system developed as a joint-venture with Intel, is dead on arrival. Or, specifically, it’s been canceled before actually being formerly announced. And yet, in the same report, analysts are cited as saying that the device could be revealed at the company’s Capital Markets Day this Friday or at Mobile World Congress on Sunday. Confused? Here’s what we know and what we’re hearing from our own well-placed sources.

First, it’s worth remembering that Nokia CEO Stephen Elop’s widely circulated internal memo titled ‘Standing on a burning platform’, the contents of which we first reported on exclusively earlier this week, alluded to major delays with Nokia’s first MeeGo handset. Elop says in that memo:

We thought MeeGo would be a platform for winning high-end smartphones. However, at this rate, by the end of 2011, we might have only one MeeGo product in the market.

That in itself would suggest that the first Nokia smartphone powered by MeeGo – thought to be the N9-00 – is far behind schedule. Originally, the Finnish handset maker was expected to release or at least formerly announce the N9 by the end of 2010.

But in fact, we heard from a source with knowledge of MeeGo’s development late last year that realistically this wasn’t going to happen, and indeed it didn’t. Now the CEO himself says that the first MeeGo device could be the only Nokia MeeGo device to reach the market in the whole of 2011.

Killing Meego Softly

Commenting on Elop’s memo and in context of Nokia’s anticipated support for Windows Phone 7, another well-placed source describes MeeGo as on “life support”. The implication being that MeeGo will be killed but softly in part to stop an exodus of engineers and also to save face with Intel. Or perhaps to give it just enough oxygen to remain as Nokia’s plan B.

  • http://twitter.com/geoffreymccaleb Geoffrey McCaleb

    Given Stephen’s MS heritage, it’s not shocking to assume a Windows future. But given the install base of ios and android, it seems a bit lame to not follow the (successful) HTC model and support both Windows7 and Meego (in HTC’s case, it’s android but you get the idea).

    • http://twitter.com/sohear Steve O'Hear

      I think we’ll still see a MeeGo device but its development is clearly way behind where Nokia wanted it to be. So I agree, they’ll likely support both but to what degree – marketing resources, different markets – I’m not sure.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/pauliharman Paul Harman

    Hang on this sounds awfully familair… oh yes, that’s exactly what happened with the N900 and Maemo. Hopefully this time Nokia will have the good grace to admit the phone is DOA BEFORE shipping it (or the sense not to ship it at all), rather than afterwards and hence shafting all their loyal customers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pauliharman Paul Harman

    Hang on, that sounds rather familiar… oh yes, that’s exactly what happened with Maemo and the N900. Hopefully Nokia will either pull the device and not ship it, or admit up-front that it’s DOA – rather than shipping it to loyal customers on 2 year contracts and only THEN declaring it obsolete, shafting same loyal customers….

  • @lucapettini

    On friday they will present N9 with MeeGo. Stay tuned

  • http://eu.techcrunch.com/2011/02/09/how-the-rot-set-in-for-meego-over-a-pint-of-guinness/ How the rot set in for Meego over a pint of Guinness

    […] Meego work. But it would appear that Meego is now dead in the water, with Nokia’s own CEO admitting that only one device will come out this year. It is an appalling situation to be […]

  • http://twitter.com/sirwinterbottom Sir B Winterbottom

    Unfortunately it is known that the first experiment of joining Nokia and Meego has failed to provide any meaningful results. But fellows fear not, the researchers are still hard at work with the Bunsen burner and test tubes and are hopeful to reveal the results of the successful experiment by the years end.

    The news will of course be present through the periodical of choice and will follow with much rejoicing for all.

  • http://eu.techcrunch.com/2011/02/12/intel-kept-in-the-dark-over-nokia%e2%80%99s-meego-plans-operators-reject-first-device/ Intel kept in the dark over Nokia’s MeeGo plans; operators reject first device

    […] leaves less room in the chassis. As a result, the first MeeGo smartphone, thought to be the N9-00, has indeed been canned. Instead, a second (and possibly last) MeeGo smartphone on the roadmap – the N9-01 – […]

  • http://it.sonmyson.us.lt/intel-kept-in-the-dark-over-nokia%e2%80%99s-meego-plans-operators-reject-first-device/ Intel kept in the dark over Nokia’s MeeGo plans; operators reject first device | Internetas, technologijos, įdomybės!

    […] leaves less room in the chassis. As a result, the first MeeGo smartphone, thought to be the N9-00, has indeed been canned. Instead, a second (and possibly last) MeeGo smartphone on the roadmap – the N9-01 – sans […]

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