Insider: Nokia has cancelled their only MeeGo phone

Two sources close to Nokia have confirmed today the cancellation of the company's first MeeGo-based mobile phone, Yahoo is reporting. Following yesterday's leak of a memo from CEO Stephen Elop, where he referred to Nokia as "standing on a burning platform", the internet has been buzzing with talk that Elop is planning to make big changes to the Finnish company. Elop's revolution is making itself public at a time when speculation that Nokia is preparing to switch to Windows Phone 7 is making the rounds on tech blogs, giving the rumours more and more credibility.

Canalys analyst Tim Shepherd believes the move could be justified, despite Nokia's investments into the platform. "Frankly, Nokia has to decide whether maintaining MeeGo is of strategic value in the short or longer term. If it believes MeeGo will not deliver value, it should divert resources elsewhere," he said. Shepherd pointed out that Elop has no "emotional attachment" to any platforms, so a change of platform that would benefit the business would not be too difficult for him.

MeeGo was first announced in February last year as a joint venture between Nokia and Intel. The aim of the project was to merge Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo into a single product. While MeeGo has a long number of possible applications, the fact that one of its developers is not confident enough to install it on their phones is a worrying sign. Nonetheless, MeeGo has a long list of supporters, so it's unlikely to die overnight even if Nokia withdrew entirely from the project.

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Windows 7 SP1 confirmed for Feb 22nd release

Next Story

Microsoft Office and SharePoint 2010 SP1 coming later this year

37 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

The article title is misleading. Come on neowin do some research when posting about things you are unfamiliar with. The device which is said to be scrapped is NOT the first Nokia MeeGo device but one among the many prototypes aimed at becoming the 'N9' the rumoured name of the first Nokia MeeGo device. The proto which leaked last year with a hardware keyboard aka RM680 aka Dali is the one this article is talking about. It has been known for a while to anyone who actually follows Nokia that RM680 will not be the launch device for MeeGo. Why? Because it was a device aimed to be released in 2010 with Harmattan MeeGo before the CEO's declaration that MeeGo will be a 2011 event. From that point it was clear that RM680 won't be the launch device because a 2010 device won't cut in 2011. Nokia has multiple devices in development all the time like any big company and when a device misses its window of opportunity the next in line is pushed upward. Dali lost its window of opportunity and 'Lankku' was pushed upward. 'Lankku' is rumoured to be a candybar and the word means plank in Finnish. Lankku has bean appearing here & there for a while now and it is this device that Reuters say Nokia will show in Barcelona.
Nokia has not dropped MeeGo, need proof?
http://labs.qt.nokia.com/2011/01/31/well-be-right-back/
Yeah thats Henrik Hartz of Nokia saying "we are busy finalizing it and are unable to make certain pieces of the final user experience public" about the MeeGo style branch of Qt components.
Plus go take a look at bug reports.

The article you use as a source has this "Analysts said Nokia could still show off the next MeeGo device, even if unfinished, at its investor day in London on Friday, or a news conference in Barcelona on Sunday." which you clearly omitted and make it sound as if Nokia dropped plans of a MeeGo device.

Well you know, they love their "half truth articles". .

I personally don't see MeeGo dying. The ones I know that work for Nokia are laughing at these rumours xD.

liju said,
The article title is misleading. Come on neowin do some research when posting about things you are unfamiliar with. The device which is said to be scrapped is NOT the first Nokia MeeGo device but one among the many prototypes aimed at becoming the 'N9' the rumoured name of the first Nokia MeeGo device. The proto which leaked last year with a hardware keyboard aka RM680 aka Dali is the one this article is talking about. It has been known for a while to anyone who actually follows Nokia that RM680 will not be the launch device for MeeGo. Why? Because it was a device aimed to be released in 2010 with Harmattan MeeGo before the CEO's declaration that MeeGo will be a 2011 event. From that point it was clear that RM680 won't be the launch device because a 2010 device won't cut in 2011. Nokia has multiple devices in development all the time like any big company and when a device misses its window of opportunity the next in line is pushed upward. Dali lost its window of opportunity and 'Lankku' was pushed upward. 'Lankku' is rumoured to be a candybar and the word means plank in Finnish. Lankku has bean appearing here & there for a while now and it is this device that Reuters say Nokia will show in Barcelona.
Nokia has not dropped MeeGo, need proof?
http://labs.qt.nokia.com/2011/01/31/well-be-right-back/
Yeah thats Henrik Hartz of Nokia saying "we are busy finalizing it and are unable to make certain pieces of the final user experience public" about the MeeGo style branch of Qt components.
Plus go take a look at bug reports.

The article you use as a source has this "Analysts said Nokia could still show off the next MeeGo device, even if unfinished, at its investor day in London on Friday, or a news conference in Barcelona on Sunday." which you clearly omitted and make it sound as if Nokia dropped plans of a MeeGo device.


I am willing to bet you that these guys literally jizzed in the pant the moments they heard that Nokia forms partnership with MS and started circulating rumors so they can't be bothered to even check for the accuracy of these rumors.

XIII said,

I am willing to bet you that these guys literally jizzed in the pant the moments they heard that Nokia forms partnership with MS and started circulating rumors so they can't be bothered to even check for the accuracy of these rumors.

Well you know how WP7 fan base is, anything Microsoft, they must deliver news even with inaccuracy and no proof. Because I'm going to give them a big "I told you so" when Feb 11th gets here. WP7 won't help Nokia. Now if Nokia did iOS (never will happen) or Android. It will have a more effect than a half usable WP7.

No, no and no. I was so looking forward to Meego.
If Nokia switches to WP7 then that's it for me, I will not be buying a Nokia with WP7 on it.

Kosh Naranek said,
No, no and no. I was so looking forward to Meego.
If Nokia switches to WP7 then that's it for me, I will not be buying a Nokia with WP7 on it.

I'll buy the Android one. If this is a legit and not rumours. WP7 just looks like crap and just not worth developing for. There isn't even "socket" support for developers. LULZ.

WP7 is just failure, no matter how much the WP7 fan base wants to deny.

ZekeComa said,

I'll buy the Android one. If this is a legit and not rumours. WP7 just looks like crap and just not worth developing for. There isn't even "socket" support for developers. LULZ.

WP7 is just failure, no matter how much the WP7 fan base wants to deny.


Do you based everything on "looks"?

I don't like the book cover therefore I wouldn't read the book.

day2die said,

Do you based everything on "looks"?

I don't like the book cover therefore I wouldn't read the book.

I have used WP7. I don't like it.

ZekeComa said,

I have used WP7. I don't like it.

How did you take the news that Nokia gonna drop the great Meego?

Wan said,
How did you take the news that Nokia gonna drop the great Meego?

They haven't dropped it. If they had, we would hear it from Nokia, not from MS-Fanboy sites.

Wan said,
How did you take the news that Nokia gonna drop the great Meego?

They haven't dropped it. If they had, we would hear it from Nokia, not from MS-Fanboy sites.

Good for them. Nobody will buy some goofy, out-of-nowhere platform like MeeGo anyway. Dive into an already established platform and innovate on that to crush your competition. Don't just throw all your chips into some experiment and cross your fingers. Microsoft did that and look what happened (KIN).

Educated Idiot said,
Good for them. Nobody will buy some goofy, out-of-nowhere platform like MeeGo anyway. Dive into an already established platform and innovate on that to crush your competition. Don't just throw all your chips into some experiment and cross your fingers. Microsoft did that and look what happened (KIN).

KINtastrophe is so 2010.. This year Intel bought the big one with sandybridge bugs and webOS has yet to turn any real sales as well.

Educated Idiot said,
Good for them. Nobody will buy some goofy, out-of-nowhere platform like MeeGo anyway. Dive into an already established platform and innovate on that to crush your competition. Don't just throw all your chips into some experiment and cross your fingers. Microsoft did that and look what happened (KIN).

However, the KIN is not officially dead. It's still around as the ONEm and TWOm with no contract, the only part that died completely was KIN Studio and the related websites.

Educated Idiot said,
Good for them. Nobody will buy some goofy, out-of-nowhere platform like MeeGo anyway. Dive into an already established platform and innovate on that to crush your competition. Don't just throw all your chips into some experiment and cross your fingers. Microsoft did that and look what happened (KIN).

KIN is not intended to be a smartphone.

IMHO they should go the Android way.. CyanogenMod is sweet! Of course Nokia is bound to be picked up by less tech savvy users nowadays so I suppose they won't mind a fully closed-source OS.

JohnSK said,
IMHO they should go the Android way.. CyanogenMod is sweet! Of course Nokia is bound to be picked up by less tech savvy users nowadays so I suppose they won't mind a fully closed-source OS.

And considering the VP of Engineering for Google called Nokia a "turkey", I can't imagine there is any good blood between the two.

Frankly, I wish Nokia would go the HTC route and diversify, but alas 'tis only a wish.

MissingBonobo said,

And considering the VP of Engineering for Google called Nokia a "turkey", I can't imagine there is any good blood between the two.

Frankly, I wish Nokia would go the HTC route and diversify, but alas 'tis only a wish.

The only thing remaining perhaps is a HARDCORE Wrestling match b/w Google and Nokia

sharpdesigner said,

The only thing remaining perhaps is a HARDCORE Wrestling match b/w Google and Nokia

When would it be held? Maybe this Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY?!?!?

JohnSK said,
IMHO they should go the Android way.. CyanogenMod is sweet! Of course Nokia is bound to be picked up by less tech savvy users nowadays so I suppose they won't mind a fully closed-source OS.

And what? Be just another OEM?

Nokia could be the "premiere" WP7 partner.

Surprised it took them that long to realize that... the last decent phone Nokia released has been collecting dust in my closet for years - N95 8GB. Anyone wanna buy it? It has brand new OEM plastics but never made it to eBay, lol

Obry said,
Surprised it took them that long to realize that... the last decent phone Nokia released has been collecting dust in my closet for years - N95 8GB. Anyone wanna buy it? It has brand new OEM plastics but never made it to eBay, lol

Well! I am a hardcore Nokia Fan. Doesn't like tons of apps but a reliable phone I am interested in buying N95 for a good price Please msg me if u are serious in selling ur phone ...

Obry said,
Surprised it took them that long to realize that... the last decent phone Nokia released has been collecting dust in my closet for years - N95 8GB. Anyone wanna buy it? It has brand new OEM plastics but never made it to eBay, lol

Agreed, however despite being over a year old I am still in Love with my N900. It was a fantastic product before Nokia dumped it.

awesome.. soo pumped for them to get WP7. I think this will really help both companies. Microsoft gets a experienced hardware manufacturer and Nokia gets the software experts. It is good they are sticking with what they are good at.

Lachlan said,
awesome.. soo pumped for them to get WP7. I think this will really help both companies. Microsoft gets a experienced hardware manufacturer and Nokia gets the software experts. It is good they are sticking with what they are good at.

Ya..Agree...

WP7 deserves more than what it gets now..Reception is little stale since it is availably only with few models & that too locked down with few operators..
WP7 needs to target even the mid range devices to gain market share to a well shaped figure.

guruparan said,

Ya..Agree...

WP7 deserves more than what it gets now..Reception is little stale since it is availably only with few models & that too locked down with few operators..
WP7 needs to target even the mid range devices to gain market share to a well shaped figure.


ya.. all their partners thus far have not really committed to WP7 because they are releasing phones on multiple platforms.. WP7 needs a freakin committed partner to really push it.

Lachlan said,
awesome.. soo pumped for them to get WP7. I think this will really help both companies. Microsoft gets a experienced hardware manufacturer and Nokia gets the software experts. It is good they are sticking with what they are good at.

yeah agree but i think they should go with both WP7 and Android. that would bring them right back to the game.

still1 said,

yeah agree but i think they should go with both WP7 and Android. that would bring them right back to the game.

after googles latest tweet, i doubt there is ever going to be android on nokia...

Lachlan said,
awesome.. soo pumped for them to get WP7. I think this will really help both companies. Microsoft gets a experienced hardware manufacturer and Nokia gets the software experts. It is good they are sticking with what they are good at.

If Nokia mash the 12 Megapixels with xenon flash and AMOLED screen from the N8 with a Snapdragon processor and Windows Phone 7, we'll get a killer flagship device.

Lachlan said,
awesome.. soo pumped for them to get WP7. I think this will really help both companies. Microsoft gets a experienced hardware manufacturer and Nokia gets the software experts. It is good they are sticking with what they are good at.

How about the rest of the lineup ? WP7 required ridiculous hardware requirements and wouldn't make sense for the low-end ones.

day2die said,

If Nokia mash the 12 Megapixels with xenon flash and AMOLED screen from the N8 with a Snapdragon processor and Windows Phone 7, we'll get a killer flagship device.

Agreed, and I think the Nokia brand will help MS push their OS to the current non smartphone users who for a lot of them Nokia is king. An exclusive partner really pushing, with experience in advertising and strong connections to store fronts will give WP7 a huge boost, while allowing Nokia to develop hardware ad reap the rewards.

I like this a lot!