Maemo + MeeGo: The Real Story

Following on from my last post, I stumbled across some really interesting and eye opening stuff via mynokiablog or for the full story.

In my last post, I questioned why Nokia are where they are right now and since reading this article, it has opened my eyes a little more to what has been going on behind the scenes at Nokia over the past years.

The question of where did it begin to go wrong was clearly one of Nokia being caught off guard:

Nokia continued to develop both Symbian and Maemo for touch screen enabled smartphones side by side, since Symbian was still selling well, and no one guessed how quickly iOS and Android based phones would revolutionize the smartphone market

Additionally, while Maemo showed us so much promise (and latterly MeeGo), it seems there may have been internal politics between the Symbian and Linux teams competing with one another rather than working together which caused internal conflict:

First signs of Nokia’s internal competition between two platforms were seen with the N810 device. It was released in late 2007 and entered the market without phone functionality. It would have been Nokia’s first Maemo phone, but the decision to leave out the phone functionality was said to have been completely political.

Nokia N810: No phone capability due to internal competition with Symbian

And then of course there was the final nail in the Linux coffin – Windows Phone – came as complete closure on any good that had come of these projects (although it can’t be doubted the latest Lumia 820/920 models show a lot of promise over a year later):

According to Nokia’s new strategy announced on February 11th 2011, the company agreed on a strategic partnership with Microsoft to create a global mobile ecosystem.

Elop signing Microsoft agreement with Balmer

Anyhow, mid way through writing the previous post, I found this article which began to unravel in detail all my questions that I had on the whys, hows, wheres, whats and wows….

As already mentioned, the article (and the earlier quotes) comes via mynokiablog and the original article is found here: 

For anyone who – like me – is interested or intrigued by the Maemo/MeeGo story, this article goes into great detail about what went on behind the scenes and the internal struggles/politics that the teams had to deal with.

This article is also highly recommended for anyone wanting to get up to speed with the Jolla story, because it provides the background history of how Jolla came to be formed.

Enjoy (over a very long <<insert drink of choice>>)! 🙂