As if the “Burning Platform” internal memo from Nokia wasn’t enough, we have another interesting rumor doing the rounds on the internet. Reuters is reporting that Nokia may be ready to drop the Nokia N9, its first MeeGo powered smartphone.
Apparently, sources close to the company have claimed that Nokia plans to ditch further development of the Nokia N9, which has already been delayed a lot. With Symbian already being considered an outdated OS, Nokia’s hopes rested on the MeeGo OS, on which it partnered with Intel. But according to the leaked memo, even Stephen Elop, Nokia CEO, doesn’t seem to have much faith in it.
“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.”
Nokia may be planning to adopt another mobile OS, likely Windows Phone 7, as many recent rumors have pointed to. We should know more about it on February 11, at the Capital Market Day event.
However, I don’t think that moving over to Windows Phone 7 would be a very good move. Even the existing phones by Samsung, HTC and LG haven’t been able to differentiate themselves from the rest. Android seems to be a much more sensible choice, considering its popularity.
Maybe it’s just me, but if Nokia could create dual booting smartphones which run both Android and MeeGo, that would be really awesome, at least for the gadget geek community.