Nokia’s MeeGo, and possibly Nokia itself, are doomed

Cyber Monday “I spent a good chunk of last week hanging out in Dublin, Ireland for the first MeeGo Summit. There was shopping, there was drinking, there was football and there was more drinking. There were also keynote speeches, developer meetings and a variety of sit-down talks on everything from the N900 to discussion on improving customer satisfaction with mobile applications,” Robert Evans reports for TechEye. “And yet, the most striking impression I walked away with had nothing to do with the MeeGo OS. My most common reoccurring thought was something along the lines of, ‘Holy hell, Nokia and Intel have a lot of money to throw at us.'”

“Both industry dinosaurs spent like drunken sailors with an itch,” Evans reports. “They rented out the new half-billion dollar Aviva Stadium for three days. They rented out the entire Guinness Storehouse for a night, including multiple bands and food. They bought us all tickets to a football game, provided an open bar and snacks for a thousand people for three straight nights and, to top it off, they bought us all touchscreen tablet-netbooks. The Lenovo IdeaPad S10 S3, to be specific.”

Evans writes, “The cash thrown at us would have been impressive…if it backed up anything convincing. Unfortunately, all the flash, glamor, booze & airbrushing in the world can’t cover up the smell of death. MeeGo is doomed, and Nokia with it if the suits holding the purse-strings aren’t careful.”

Full article – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: MeeGo the way of the Dodo.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “krquet” for the heads up.]


  1. “The Nokia product placement in the latest Star Trek movie is about as misguided as the Atari signs in Blade Runner!”

    Nokia had a placement in the last Star Trek Movie? I must not have been paying attention. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”cheese” style=”border:0;” /> Guess that was some real effective product placement.

  2. @Replay,

    Coincidentally I just rewatched it yesterday, the Nokia appears near the beginning when the young Jim Kirk steals his stepfather’s Corvette. It rings with a futuristic sounding version of that annoying ringtone made famous in Alias (no surprise considering the producer’s connection), and the Nokia logo is top and center of the touchscreen phone on the console.

  3. I don’t understand what these companies have been doing for the past 3 years since the Apple’s iPhone took the consumer world by storm.
    With all this tech and money you would think they would have something close to the iPhone by now. And the PC tablets been out for 10 years and pail vs iPad.

  4. iNeuron,

    I think when the writer suggested that these developers will eventually be running Ubuntu, it was to imply how crappy MeeGo was, that even an open source, non-commercial OS, such as Ubuntu, could provide more complete, stable and robust computing environment.

    Realistically, though, it is more likely that those developers will eventually just slap Win XP on those netbooks, although I can see a few of them trying to set up a hackintosh…

  5. I don’t think it’s doomed. But there may be more use for the system in other kind of devices like entertainment systems, navigation systems, car systems etc. But the name Meego is really retarded. Where do they get all these bad names from???

  6. Dear Students Of Business: Keep a close eye on what is happening here.

    1) Compare and contrast how Apple manages their business versus how all their would-be/wanna-be competitors manage their businesses.

    2) How does Apple innovate while their would-be/wanna-be competitors do not?

    3) What does it say about MBA schools when the majority of their graduates only know how to participate in would-be/wanna-be competitor organizations and have not-a-clue how to participate in Apple’s type of organization?

  7. That was an entertaining article. If you have to spend “like drunken sailors with an itch” just to get people to show up and participate, that means you are doomed. Developers should want to pay their hard-earned money in order to attend a platform “summit.” And they do… it’s called the Apple WWDC.

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