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Thoughts: The ‘We Want Nokia To Keep MeeGo’ Petition

By - On 22 June 2011 8 Comments

Its been just about 24 hours since Nokia announced the N9 and since then the interwebs have been going crazy with tons of N9 chatter, every small seemingly inconsequential detail is also being lapped up, every hands on scrutinized and people are still hungry for more. Not for a long time has there been so much excitement about a Nokia device, not even the N8 produced the kind of euphoria that has swept across Nokia fans the world over.

Even Nokia’s harshest critics have come out with words of praise, something that perhaps has come as a pleasant surprise to Nokia itself. Infact I am yet to witness any real negative feedback for the device. The only complaint people seem to have is that its based on a dead platform. Nokia through its language about the N9 helping shape future Windows Phone devices and innovation has virtually confirmed that they have no plans to make another MeeGo device.

Its almost a paradox, Nokia tried pleasing the technorati the last few years and it didn’t really work. Then they decided that MeeGo wasn’t good enough internally and now the media seems to like it.

Once we all saw what the N9 could do, I had a feeling sooner or later we’d start seeing Nokia please keep MeeGo petitions, but it took a mere 6 hours for it to start.

A Twitter petition, Twitition if you will, has already started doing the rounds and in a short period has garnered over 700 signatures, including those of many Nokia employees. You can sign it here if you feel inclined.

The Nokia N9 does make you wonder what if Feb 11 hadn’t happened, I have already blogged my thoughts here. But will any of this change Nokia’s stance on MeeGo? Here’s what I think can happen, Nokia has said that it’ll relegate MeeGo to the future disruption category, what that means is that they could still release one MeeGo smartphone every year and flood the market with their Windows Phone devices meanwhile. Symbian will be supported till 2016, that’s 5 years away. With Qt acting as the bridge and getting better all the time, we should still see a fair quantity of apps around. This way they keep everyone happy.

Thoughts: The 'We Want Nokia To Keep MeeGo' Twitition

But, here is another scenario. The N9 will ship by September, around the same time the next iPhone will ship and people will start to make comparisons. This will also be the time when the noise for Nokia to keep MeeGo will grow stronger as more and more people experience the N9. But slowly the main stream media will start doing comparisons with the iPhone 5′s retina display, dual core processors and what not. The fans’ attention will waiver and it’ll soon be time for Nokia World in October. All attention will be on Nokia’s reply to the iPhone 5 with their first Windows Phone device. It’ll be announced on October 26 and soon people will begin to begin forget the N9.

Some people at Nokia will breathe a sign of relief. After all, MeeGo becoming successful will present more questions than answers for Nokia. They can’t have people begin to start questioning its Feb 11 decisions, not when the shares have already tanked.

Anyway, it can play out either way, I personally would like to see Nokia release one MeeGo device every year, just to keep Microsoft interested, if nothing else.

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  • Ashish said:

    Another great read! Loving the N9 coverage on your blog, very diff from what the others are doing. Thanks!

  • Simran said:

    Nokia please keep MeeGo! I loved the N900, and this time please bring the N9 to India fast!!

  • Michael Dominic K. said:

    Not that I question the point you make BUT: the Nokia stock (like every other stock) rose yesterday because of the greek bond news. Compare this rise to other tech stocks like RIM, AAPL, RHT, GOOG and you’ll notice the rise was actually quite insignificant.

  • Vaibhav Sharma (author) said:

    True, I didn’t mean to imply that the rise was a result of the N9 announcement, but I guess it does come across that way! :) I’ve removed that portion so that the real issue doesn’t get sidetracked.

  • mc said:

    This is of course a very personal thing, but I don’t want Nokia to keep Meego. Not that I don’t like it, it is simply that I prefer Windows.

    Actually I saw more media saying that it is a waste of resources to ship a great phone with Meego and not WP7. And I agree. N9 is absolutely great, inside and out. But why screw it with a OS that is already dead? Updates to Meego? Maybe some, but for sure not exiting… I hope users will be able to update to WP7, although I don’t know if the itnernal specifications will allow it.

    Anyway, apart from this, I love the N9…

  • Oh sh said:

    Oh, please. Save the world from american os’s.

  • Matthew said:

    @mc: Talk about missing the point.

    If you like WP then go and buy one of the many phones that already have it, or wait for one of the Nokia ones… or would you tell someone who wanted a Mac that you don’t want Apple to keep MacOS X because you like Windows?

  • RobGee said:

    Finnish newspaper http://www.talouselama.fi/ is reporting that Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop has ruled out the possibility of coming back and producing another MeeGo phone, regardless if it is a success or not.

    “But even on that phone sales would be a success, Nokia has no intention of coming back Meego smartphone operating system, says CEO Stephen Elop”

    Strictly speaking is the N9 full MeeGo? Is there a possibility to return to Maemo? What about future disruptions team, what are they working on?

    When asked by Stefan on twitter on whether N9 is the last MeeGo device, Jussi Makinen (the guy behind swipe.nokia.com and the one demoing the N9 officially) answered:

    the innovations in design, UI, and the Qt developer experience in Nokia N9 will live on in a variety of ways in Nokia.
    ___

    They say everytime the same shit..what does it mean “in a veriety of ways”? Why they can’t just say Yes or No? Oh i know, cause if they say NO, everybody would say no to the N9 and Nokia would lose even more fans