After being birthed from an alliance between Intel’s Moblin and Nokia’s Maemo, Nokia reportedly may abandon MeeGo altogether instead of using the prized mobile OS to compete against Android as well as iOS devices.
Nokia has stopped developing its first smartphone using the MeeGo operating system, two industry sources close to the company said.
In a leaked internal memo, Chief Executive Stephen Elop wrote: “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.” (Reuters)
This isn’t good news for Nokia who hasn’t designed a decent smartphone ever since iOS was first unveiled to the world.
While the company undoubtedly makes some of the best phones around (hardware wise), the company has never excelled at software which seems to be the achilles heel for theÂ company.
Betting on Symbian is probably equally foolish, especially in light of Android’s rise which could make the company obsolete half a decade from now.
Nokia’s only hope may lie with ditching Symbian for Android, although it wouldn’t be surprising to see the company choose Windows Phone 7 OS instead (given that their CEO Stephen Elop use to work for Microsoft).
Originally posted on February 9, 2011 @ 2:12 pm