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Nokia Introduces MeeGo-Powered N9 Phone 252

Posted by Soulskill
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An anonymous reader writes with news that Nokia has unveiled its first MeeGo-powered smartphone, the N9. "[T]he smartphone doesn't have any buttons on the front, with only the volume controls and a lock button located on the right side of the device. ... The performance of the prototype device felt very snappy, and it looks almost ready for retail. As a MeeGo device, the N9 will be running apps based on the Qt platform." The Washington Post calls it "the platform that could have been," referring to Nokia's decision to make the transition to Windows Phone for future devices. Others are impressed with the device, but see it as either a dead end or just another distraction to Nokia's long-term plans.
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Nokia Introduces MeeGo-Powered N9 Phone

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  • Hands on video.. (Score:4, Informative)

    by kvvbassboy (2010962) on Tuesday June 21, 2011 @07:57PM (#36521976)
    Engadget has a couple: Nokia N9 first hands on [engadget.com]. It looks quite slick!
  • by Microlith (54737) on Tuesday June 21, 2011 @08:02PM (#36522030)

    The N9 and N950 are not running MeeGo, but the previously in development Harmattan, which is a continuation of the Maemo line. All of the Qt APIs in use by MeeGo as of MeeGo 1.2 are available on the platform, however, and efforts are already underway to ensure that the Community Edition of MeeGo (which is a pure MeeGo platform) is available on the N9.

    The N950, sadly, will only be available in limited quantities to commercial/professional developers, with roughly 250 to be handed out to open source developers in the community. Notably, the N950 doesn't have NFC so it can't be used to develop or test NFC applications.

    The N9 both is and is not an upgrade to my N900. It's lack of a hardware keyboard, lack of an SD card slot, and capacitive screen are negatives, while the faster and slightly revised omap3630 processor and 1GB of RAM are definite upsides. Additionally, most major European countries plus the US are likely going to be delayed (hopefully just delayed) for the N9 release as Nokia seems to be prioritizing them for WP7.

    I will probably get one, as a minor upgrade. Hopefully the price will be reasonable.

  • by exomondo (1725132) on Tuesday June 21, 2011 @08:43PM (#36522392)

    Good question, also is the curved surfaced capacitive screen a first too? It's very striking in pictures from some angles

    I can't think of another phone with a capacitive convex screen but the Nexus S has a concave one.

  • by fotoguzzi (230256) on Tuesday June 21, 2011 @10:02PM (#36522970)
    There are a billion reasons.
  • by afabbro (33948) on Wednesday June 22, 2011 @01:46AM (#36524406) Homepage

    Everyone will have some criticisms, that's only expected, but no-one who has worked on the device wants to see a criticism with a brush so broad that it covers their contribution or component

    Dear people who worked on this device:

    Your contributions were meaningless. Your device is already forgotten. You wasted your time.

    The opinions expressed in this post are the official view of Nokia.

  • by Max Littlemore (1001285) on Wednesday June 22, 2011 @02:44AM (#36524706)

    I haven't play with an N9, but I recently switched from an N900 to a Samsung. The Samsung has a 1Ghz A8 processor, the N900 had a 600Mhz A8 processor. The Samsung runs Android 2.2, the N900 runs maemo.

    The Samsung is slow and freezes frequently, the N900 is quick and responsive. Skype on the Samsung is a separate app that takes for ever to load, frequently fails to load, crashes or freezes the phone and doesn't support video even though it has a forward facing camera, the N900 has skype integrated as part of the normal phone functionality and supports video. The Samsung has a slow and painful way of connecting the phone as a mass storage device that often fails and attempts to start Kies on a windows machine, the N900 asks how you want to connect and then connects.

    There are so many things about the N900 that felt way superior to a Samsung Galaxy S. The OS just felt rock solid compared to Android. The only downside I found with the N900 was the lack of apps written for it.

    If the N9/meego made the most of what was learned from maemo and improved on it, I would imagine that it would probably be the best smart phone around. It's just a shame it's stillborn IMHO.

  • Re:Soo.... (Score:3, Informative)

    by Hal_Porter (817932) on Wednesday June 22, 2011 @04:53AM (#36525288)

    I've been using Windows Mobile 6.x for ages and I wouldn't touch Windows Phone 7 with a barge-pole - it's off to Android for my next phone.

    WM6.x was a bit ugly by default but enormously customisable and there was loads of software for it floating around as cab files of dubious legality. Also a lot of Windows applications were built for WM. I don't see that happening on WM7 which disallows native code. Only a C# API is allowed and third party applications have a crippled API. No multitasking or sockets for example. There's little chance of the people who wrote good apps for WM6.x rewriting them in C# - they've already moved to Android and or iPhone.

    In a sense Microsoft are trying to go from an open but ugly platform like Android to a slick but locked down one like iOS. Mind you even iOS allows third parties to use the first class tools. On WP7 you need to have an agreement with Microsoft to do that. Adobe have one for example to implement Flash as native code. Some of the game vendors do too. In the absence of that you need to rewrite everything in C#. Most ISVs are not going to do that when there are tools that let them run their existing C/C++ code on both Android and iPhone which combined have a much larger market share than WP7. E.g. Android sold 36 million handsets last quarter. Microsoft sold 3.6 million of which 2.0 million were WM6.5 and 1.8 million were WP7.

    So Opera and Mozilla have both stopped supporting Windows Mobile and won't support WP7.

    WP7 is going to fail badly.

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