Nokia announces N9, creates more confusion

Today, Nokia announced at an event called CommunicAsia their all new Nokia N9 phone. The new candybar based phone is available in a range of colors, and comes running the open-source based "Meego" operating system that has not been released onto consumer devices until today.

The new device is packing a 8-megapixel camera and comes in 16 or 64GB flavors, packs a AMOLED display, with the entire front of the phone being a touch screen and having no capacitive buttons at all. On top of this, it has a compass, accelerometer, proximity sensor and light sensor built in, and weighs just 135g. According to WorldofNokia, which has a full specifications list available, it also has HTML5 support in the browser, turn by turn navigation and supports office documents out of the box.

The phone is made of a polycarbonate shell, measures 116.45- x 61.2- x 7.6-12.1mm, comes in cyan, magenta or black and requires a micro-SIM.

Nokia is touting the full social networking support heavily, with Twitter and Facebook being built right into the OS, or viewable in one "stream" from the events view. In addition to this, the phone can play movies in MPEG4-SP & ASP, H.264 BP/MP, WMV9 / VC-1 and MKV formats. 

One of the more interesting features is the NFC connectivity that is built in. You can tap the N9 to wireless speakers and play music from them, or tap two N9 phones together to transfer files seamlessly. This is the first implementation like this that will be widely available.

According to the Nokia website, applications available from launch include Vimeo, Twitter, Skype, Facebook, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Angry Birds "Magic", Foursquare, AP Mobile and AccuWeather with "more on the way." 

We're baffled as to why Nokia has gone to all this effort with the impending launch of their Windows Phone 7 based devices in the Fall of this year, and are left wondering what will happen to users of the phone when Windows Phone 7 becomes the companies primary focus, and if it will continue to be supported or is just a stop-gap measure until then. There's only one way to find out.

For more information on the N9, visit the Nokia site here. No word on a release date, we'll keep our eyes peeled.

Thanks to forum member liju for posting this.

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Nokia really should have just stopped all Symbian development 2 years ago and diverted all the resources into making Maemo/MeeGo its awesome primary OS. Instead, they wasted so much resources trying to keep the dated Symbian alive instead of actually making progress on MeeGo. Now it's too late and they have to rely on WP7 instead because they've never really pushed MeeGo, an OS with a lot of potentials.

This is really bizarre... I just don't understand why a company would develop an OS that competes with another OS that they are pushing... I mean, the expense involved and everything...

M_Lyons10 said,
This is really bizarre... I just don't understand why a company would develop an OS that competes with another OS that they are pushing... I mean, the expense involved and everything...

Big companies don't just turn on a dime. The N9 release has probably been in motion over the course of the last year, long before Elop came and infiltrated them. The amount of investment they put into it, I'd have been more surprised if they didn't release it.

That said, I actually quite like it, it's a shame the MeeGo is all but dead, because it looks really quite good.

Nokia should have kept developing Symbian while transitioning to Meego for all its devices, but instead it dumps everything in favour of an unpopular and unsuccessful Windows CE mobile 7 OS. If Elop is trying to destroy Nokia, he's doing a damn fine job.

As far as this phone goes, it sounds good. If only Meego was Nokia's primary focus, the company might have survived, but as things stand, switching to WM7 has all but killed Nokia. Its stock's in the toilet, its WM7 OS strategy is destined for failure, and Elop's entryism has guaranteed a cheap takeover / patent buy out bid by Microsoft.

I think the moral of the story here is, doing business with Microsoft is bad for any company's health.

How is this supposed to create more confusion? Nokia said (in Feb.) that they will release a device later this year as an experiment for MeeGo platform, and this is it. This isn't any different from Samsung experimenting with Chrome OS even though Samsung has no plans to make it their main netbook OS. They are giving consumers a choice to try something new.

Just the best hardware EVER seen. It's simply stunning, it's design is really unique. Waiting eagerly for a WP7 device from Nokia...

coth said,
intel just announced some meego tablets as well. but honestly i think it's a dead os.

What do you mean by meego tablets? Last time I checked, MeeGo runs on Atom based platforms.
I like this light OS, it's awesome!

Ka74ever said,

What do you mean by meego tablets? Last time I checked, MeeGo runs on Atom based platforms.
I like this light OS, it's awesome!

wrong word - 'presernted'
some of its own new

It looks so awesome. But MeeGo is dead, whether they invested big time or not. It's all about Android and iOS right now and if MS doesn't screw up, and I so hope they don't, Mango looks awesome, WP7. So why in gods name did they waste such a beautiful phone with that great but obsolete mobile OS? Three years ago - alright, could have been a game changer. But people are waiting for Nokias WP7... Why not this one?

0veR said,
WOW! That phone is awesome. I dont care is it WIndows7 or Android or any other i just like that design.

I like the design too. A shame it won't be WP7...

I personally like it a lot. Like the design and Meego both. The specs are great and i dont think the price will be to high.

This will be their higher end smartphone I bet, just wait to see this selling for some insane price of $800 etc, while they come out with a range of WP7 devices that are priced lower etc. I expected this in the end, that one or two Meego devices a year was always their plan. But with the price I expect I don't see it selling like hotcakes.

GP007 said,
This will be their higher end smartphone I bet, just wait to see this selling for some insane price of $800 etc, while they come out with a range of WP7 devices that are priced lower etc. I expected this in the end, that one or two Meego devices a year was always their plan. But with the price I expect I don't see it selling like hotcakes.

I think it'll be the complete opposite, I guess this will be around the half of the price you mentioned, but I guess that's just a guess...

REMEMBER THIS:
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http://www.neowin.net/news/nokia-cto-takes-leave-of-absence

According to the New York Times, Richard Green has taken the leave of absence “to attend to a personal matter” though Paivyt Tallqvis, the company's head of media relations said that there is currently “no specific timeline” for him to return to Nokia.

Despite this, the New York Times goes on to say that a Finnish based newspaper called Helsingin Sanomat has said that Richard Green is unlikely to return to the company due to various disagreements over strategy.

Green has been said to be increasingly unhappy with the direction the company was heading, especially with the decision to abandon work on devices based on Nokia's own MeeGo smartphone operating system that the company had been creating alongside Intel.
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I guess they did not abandon the os afterall.

panacea said,
REMEMBER THIS:
I guess they did not abandon the os afterall.

With Elop running things, Meego for Nokia devices is all but dead. You might see a few interim Meego devices, however, long term, Elop wants a proprietary Windows CE OS. This is a good time for all current and future Nokia customers to abandon ship, and continue using Free Open Source Software in the form of Android.

Flawed said,

With Elop running things, Meego for Nokia devices is all but dead. You might see a few interim Meego devices, however, long term, Elop wants a proprietary Windows CE OS. This is a good time for all current and future Nokia customers to abandon ship, and continue using Free Open Source Software in the form of Android.

First off, Android is NOT free, and every OEM will tell you that. With the development costs that the OEM is responsible for, and the required license purchase of the Google Docs (Which is equal to the cost of WP7 right there), it is MUCH more costly to deploy Android at this point.

And I see no benefit to the user that their mobile OS be "Open source" either... Or that the average user would even know this...

Looks interesting. The nice thing is that it's probably going to be hacked to pieces, giving it an opportunity to live far beyond the shift to WP. There will be huge 'what ifs' if this phone sells, but I doubt it.

Who cares, the phone looks great, at the press event it looked great and demoed brilliantly. The product seems to be good and it will be a sign for things to come when WP7 hits on nokia.

The guy in the conference did say Nokia would take forward a few things from this phone into future devices, I think it was the swipe feature, the Shell and something else. WP7+Swipe Gesture sounds kinky on a nokia device. Only time will tell but I see the nokia and WP7 partnership going leaps and bounds.

Faisal Islam said,
They invested a lot of money in Meebo Platform, I guess they want a little bit back from it.

No one knows how market would react.. Let's SEE if one MeeGo can do anything for the ever sinking ship of Nokia

Faisal Islam said,
They invested a lot of money in Meebo Platform, I guess they want a little bit back from it.

After Nokias huge shafting of it's customers with it's last Linux Distro phone it's unlikely I will be buying another phone with one of Nokias OSs

There is no confusion. Nokia and its CEO had said on Feb 11 and at various times that their first MeeGo device will launch this year.

liju said,
There is no confusion. Nokia and its CEO had said on Feb 11 and at various times that their first MeeGo device will launch this year.
I don't get it either. Every piece of information out there shows a *gradual* moved to WP7 over several years.

liju said,
There is no confusion. Nokia and its CEO had said on Feb 11 and at various times that their first MeeGo device will launch this year.

It makes no sense for the company to do this, just create a random phone with a random OS before putting its full force into WP7 later.

Owen W said,

It makes no sense for the company to do this, just create a random phone with a random OS before putting its full force into WP7 later.

MeeGo was never abandoned. It was/is relegated to a future disruptions status with respect to the current strategy of WP as primary smartphone platform and it is not some random phone with random OS. It is a long rumoured phone with an OS Nokia has been working on for years. Harmattan was under development long before Maemo+Moblin merger. Sure certain things in Harmattan changed after the merger and is now API compatible to MeeGo proper. This is why it is much polished than the MeeGo handset builds you will find at meego.com. I think a lot of people don't understand this difference and when they hear it runs MeeGo they are thinking about meego.com builds seen running on N900 in youtube videos. Hence the aversion to this from many members here in this forum.

Owen W said,

It makes no sense for the company to do this, just create a random phone with a random OS before putting its full force into WP7 later.

How about this . The deal with MS is just 2 months ago, and this phone was developed before that deal.

Ji@nBing said,

With this and going with WP7 over Android? Committing suicide.

This is admittedly, pretty stupid. But going with WP7 over Android isn't committing suicide. WP7 really is better than the competition, they just need more devices to get out there so more developers will pay attention.

Ji@nBing said,

... going with WP7 over Android? Committing suicide.

If you check out the recently released Mango preview from http://pocketnow.com/windows-p...ndows-phone-7-mango-preview, it'll blow everything out of the water. Android and iOS now look like childplay compare to Mango. And this is done on 2 years old hardware spec. It is running super smooth. Try that on even a new spec android and you will have to reboot constantly.

Mango is going to change the game a lot for them. Everything is included, even your kitchen sink.