Analyst Says Nokia's MeeGo is "the Biggest Joke In the Tech Industry Right Now"

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Normally we don't care much for analyst-talk, but in the case of Adnaan Ahmad's disparaging open letter to Nokia it's worth taking a look—if only for the advice he dishes out about adopting Windows Phone 7.


The Berenberg Bank analyst Adnaan Ahmad recommends Nokia should strike up an exclusive deal with Microsoft, where they would:

"Get access to their Windows Phone 7 (WP7) intellectual property scot-free and access to the US market where your share has dived to the low single-digit level, and in so doing cut your bloated handset business R&D budget by at least 30 percent."

Just as importantly, he suggests to Nokia that they should:

"Get rid of your own proprietary high-end solution (MEEGO)-–it's the biggest joke in the tech industry right now and will put you even further behind Apple and Google."

This is all before Nokia's even announced a device running MeeGo, their new platform that's the result of a partnership with Intel. It's expected Nokia's going to be announcing something in the next few weeks—maybe a tablet, but most definitely a phone.


You have to admit that a Nokia phone running WP7 certainly makes sense. Nokia's new CEO Stephen Elop was hired fresh out of Microsoft, so the relationship is certainly there. Nokia's been quite open in the past about adopting other companies OSes though, with outspoken Executive Vice President Anssi Vanjoki describing companies who jump in bed with Android being like Finnish boys who "pee in their pants" for warmth in the winter months. Short-term relief, in other words.


With Vanjoki having already resigned (due for departure around March, we figure), will Elop take notice of Ahmad's advice? I think it's a little harsh to tell Nokia to ditch MeeGo when all we've seen is demos of the platform (and videos of other phones running it, too), but we can't argue against the suggestion Nokia should look at other platforms as well. [All Things D]




Right now the mobile OS market is a three horse race - iOS, Android, and Blackberry. Blackberry is rapidly falling, Android is rapidly gaining, and iOS posts small gains each quarter. If you're not Google or Apple, you're pretty much not going to succeed in the smartphone OS market these days. Consumers have spoken and they've made it pretty clear that those two are the OS's of choice.