Nokia CEO: MeeGo is gone even if N9 phone sells well

Earlier this month wireless phone maker Nokia announced the launch of the N9, a touch screen smartphone that runs under the MeeGo open source operating system. The phone is scheduled to be sold later this fall. The release of the N9 with the MeeGo, however, has raised some questions about Nokia's commitment to its previously announced plans to launch phones based on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system.

It looks like the N9 is going to be a one-off phone for Nokia at least as far as the MeeGo is concerned. In an interview with the Finland-based web site Helsingin Sanomat, Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop says that even if the N9 turns out to be a huge hit, don't expect to see MeeGo in any more of Nokia's phones. Indeed, Elop said that the N9 is based more on its Qt application set up than the MeeGo operating system.

Elop also continued to defend the company's decision to move its phones to the Windows Phone 7 operating system which also means Nokia abandoning its in-house Symbian OS. Many have questioned this move as the Windows Phone operating system has yet to make a significant dent in the overall smartphone market. Elop, however, remains confident that this deal will work, saying, "I understand completely that the investors want to see the results of our new strategy in their full glory. This will take some time, but once we are in a position to introduce the results of our strategy, I am sure the doubts will disperse."

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When I saw the video for the first time I was actually thinking of maybe getting this phone cause so far it's good but I'll just scratch that no point of buying a phone if the OS is dead. No wonder nokia is losing it's customer base right now.

He actually didn't say that. Lost in translation + misleading headline.
He said that Meego won't be the primary platform no matter how well Meego sells.
Their Meego phones which they continue to sell and support are designed to experiment with new UI and hardware features and allow Nokia to be ready for the next 'disruption' by continuing to innovate.
Their primary platform will remain as Windows Phone for the near future as they have an agreement with Microsoft (to the tune of $1 billion).

~Johnny said,

Because they'd already done most of the work for it?

Hardly...... Production, shipping, marketing etc. etc. will be more expenses.
Elop should know better....... Kin docet........

daPhoenix said,
Every time Elop opens his mouth, Nokia loses a billion or two from its value.

He's quite something.

same happens with apple.. everyday they announce something their stock drops by 1 or 2%..

People seem to think that even if the N9 was a hit, that it would ever have enough marketshare for developers to make apps for it, which was never going to happen. If you believe that, I think you'll love using a Palm Pre!

dagamer34 said,
People seem to think that even if the N9 was a hit, that it would ever have enough marketshare for developers to make apps for it, which was never going to happen. If you believe that, I think you'll love using a Palm Pre!


If Nokia followed its original strategy of unifying their 3 OSs with Qt there was/is big chance of Elop getting his favourite word 'ecosystem' around them without them being dependent on another company. Remember pre Feb 11 Symbian sales were actually increasing. Ovi Store also grew significantly in this period and currently serves 6 million downloads daily and ranked second in terms of revenue. Qt apps were flowing and the various pieces of their strategy were falling into place. Then boom the CEO announces their platform burning and jumps ship to another failing competing platform. Not only that he says one of their crown jewel, mapping and location services, will be available to all other manufacturers/competitors in this new 'ecosystem' thus essentially making the world's largest mobile manufacturer just another OEM making devices based on some other's OS.

Had Nokia stayed behind the original plan they would've now got a large ecosystem of MeeGo, Symbian and S40 united by Qt and tightly integrated Nokia services without being dependent on another company and without sharing its IP with its competitors.

Majesticmerc said,
Ex-Microsoft Director states that new company will favour Windows over Linux... shocking.

Because it makes better business sense.... shocking, I know.

GP007 said,

Because it makes better business sense.... shocking, I know.

Yeh I'm sure Samsung and HTC are over the moon with their WP7 handsets' retail performance.

thealexweb said,

Yeh I'm sure Samsung and HTC are over the moon with their WP7 handsets' retail performance.

Yeah, because developing, supporting and marketing a custom OS inhouse is done for free right? Get a clue, MeeGo was costing Nokia loads of money and going nowhere.

GP007 said,

Yeah, because developing, supporting and marketing a custom OS inhouse is done for free right? Get a clue, MeeGo was costing Nokia loads of money and going nowhere.

Might have been going somewhere if this device set the standard and developing meego and scrapping it is an even bigger waste of cash.

Majesticmerc said,
Ex-Microsoft Director states that new company will favour Windows over Linux... shocking.

Maybe because he holds some millions in Microsoft stocks ?

alexalex said,

Maybe because he holds some millions in Microsoft stocks ?

+1 He's Microsoft's 9th biggest shareholder, he is so a Trojan horse.

GP007 said,

Because it makes better business sense.... shocking, I know.

How is it better business sense? Abandoning 18 months of R&D put into Meego and then calling your latest and greatest phone "the only one of it's kind" (i.e. a dud) is going to cost Nokia millions.

Majesticmerc said,

How is it better business sense? Abandoning 18 months of R&D put into Meego and then calling your latest and greatest phone "the only one of it's kind" (i.e. a dud) is going to cost Nokia millions.


And guess how much Microsft spend on it's phone programs R&D?
Multiple times more. Any comparison?
Microsoft actually spend $9 billion dollars in just research in 2010. I'm talking about the budget of Microsoft Research. Investors are crying to Microsoft, to reduce it's R&D budget, and instead increase it's profit by a huge margin. Or in other words reward the investors.
In comparison Apple Inc. only spend $2 billion!

Majesticmerc said,

How is it better business sense? Abandoning 18 months of R&D put into Meego and then calling your latest and greatest phone "the only one of it's kind" (i.e. a dud) is going to cost Nokia millions.


And guess how much Microsft spend on it's phone programs R&D?
Multiple times more. Any comparison?
Microsoft actually spend $9 billion dollars in just research in 2010. I'm talking about the budget of Microsoft Research. Investors are crying to Microsoft, to reduce it's R&D budget, and instead increase it's profit by a huge margin. Or in other words reward the investors.
In comparison Apple Inc. only spend $2 billion!

thealexweb said,

+1 He's Microsoft's 9th biggest shareholder, he is so a Trojan horse.

He is 8th private biggest shareholder.:-)

Majesticmerc said,
Ex-Microsoft Director states that new company will favour Windows over Linux... shocking.

Don't give Steve Jobs ideas, there are already too many iphones!

GP007 said,

Because it makes better business sense.... shocking, I know.

A company CEO announcing that an upcoming product..... is dead before being released.... yes it is shocking.

Fritzly said,

A company CEO announcing that an upcoming product..... is dead before being released.... yes it is shocking.


But aren't other companies making Meegoo products, and thus keeping the the platform alive(in terms of apps). And there are reports, that other companies are more intrested in Meego, now that Nokia has abandoned it.
Or they could be just with making up to Intel.
And the product would be "death", if Nokia decided not to launch it.