Nokia CEO on MeeGo: There's No Turning Back

Nokia just gave us a look at their new N9 running MeeGo. It looks great, except that it's dead on arrival. But just in case you were unsure about Nokia's future plans, CEO Stephen Elop basically confirmed it's all over.

In an interview with Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, the Nokia headman and former Microsoft executive stated that, even if the N9 turns out to be a hit, Nokia's energies will be spent on Windows Phone technology. The troubled company will also focus on developing software to make their phones stand out in the handset market, echoing sentiments he expressed back in February. Good luck you guys. [Helsingen Sanomat via Engadget]

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dagamer34
Jeff Kibuule

The Engadget comments are quite silly at best and frustrating at worst.

Simply put, Elop has it correct. It really doesn't matter how successful the N9 is because everyone wants to measure it by unit sales (short term success) and not the development of the ecosystem (long term success). Sales can be taken away from you (see RIM's recent report on their Blackberry sales) but ecosystems live on for much longer. Everyone knows that Nokia builds excellent hardware but their software is so-so at best. What makes people think that it will create better development tools than Microsoft? What makes people think that it will line up the retail deals in the US so you can buy music, movies and TV shows? What makes the N9 different from webOS on a fundamental level?

Everyone says that webOS is probably one of the best mobile operating systems out there, but it hasn't become all the rage since it's release. Why? Sure, the hardware is a major contributing factor, but even if that were fixed, you'd be left with a device that would have ONLY succeeded in a world where the iPhone doesn't exist.

The reason why people buy iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads is because of the ecosystem Apple has developed. Any app you've bought for your iPhone will work on your iPod Touch or iPad. Any song, movie or TV show you've purchased from iTunes will work. Or books from the iBookstore. Or having first-class podcast support. It's a very, very strong ecosystem which Nokia knows Microsoft is far closer to achieving than their own company ever would be.

People need to stop thinking that only having nice hardware/software will save your butt today. This isn't 2006. The iPhone showed that you need ALL your ducks in a row to win at this game.