Feeds

Nokia touted Meego to rivals, but nobody wanted to know

One Linux too many

High performance access to file storage

Nokia touted its former "platform of the future" Meego to industry rivals, but was rebuffed, chief executive Stephen Elop said.

"We discussed Meego with HTC, RIM, Samsung, LG, and Motorola. One manufacturer was fairly interested in Meego and the others have their own plans, and they were not particularly interested in Meego. They were afraid that Nokia had too much power in Meego," Elop said, in coverage of the AGM via Helsingen Sanomat.

Until February, the Linux-based Meego OS was Nokia's high-end strategic platform for future smartphones and tablet devices, superseding Symbian, which was pushed down for higher-volume, lower-margin products. New CEO Stephen Elop ripped up the plans in February and sidelined Meego, and Nokia will offload 3,000 Symbian developers to Accenture. Nokia had been releasing products based on Maemo (as Meego was then known) since its first Internet Tablet in 2005, although none of them have the 'Meego' branding. Maemo was on track to deliver a mass market consumer product in 2010 – until derailed by an expanded alliance with Intel.

In February a dismayed Intel vowed to "find another partner for Meego" – but LG is the only manufacturer to show an interest in the orphaned Linux. LG has problems of its own, however, and even in happier days a platform commitment should be taken with a large sack of salt. LG vowed to released 50 Windows Mobile products in two years in 2009 – few appeared.

Enthusiasts quickly gave up on the orphan OS

Analyst Ben Wood described Nokia "as wandering around in a dream for years" – as good a description of its recent malaise as any. Chairman Jorma Ollila took umbrage at this.

"Nokia's management has not wandered in a dream. Nokia's strategy has been quite clear, because we saw this change, and we have the steps for how to move ahead," said the former CEO. According to reports, though, Nokia only began hunting for a new CEO a year ago, resulting in the appointment of outsider Elop in September.

Chairman Ollila is actually staying on a little longer than previously thought. In September 2010 he said he'd step down "within 12 months". Now he says he'll step down at the 2012 Nokia AGM, which is traditionally held in May. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally
Breakfast in London, lunch in NYC, and your clothes in Peru
Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet
Maria Miller finally resigns over expenses row
Skype pimps pro-level broadcast service
Playing Cat and Mouse with the media
Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month
... but don't worry, charter members, you're still in 'for life'
Like Google, Comcast might roll its own mobile voice network
Says anything's possible if regulators approve merger with Time Warner
EE dismisses DATA-BURNING glitch with Orange Mail app
Bug quietly slurps PAYG credit - yet EE denies it exists
Turnbull leaves Australia's broadband blackspots in the dark
New Statement of Expectations to NBN Co offers get-out clauses for blackspot builds
Facebook claims 100 MEEELLION active users in India
Who needs China when you've got the next billion in your sights?
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.