The Nokia N9 is a strange device. Announced just yesterday, it’s going to be Nokia’s first and last consumer-focused MeeGo device, even if purists will eagerly point out that it doesn’t technically run MeeGo (Harmattan is rooted more in Maemo than MeeGo, as far as I understand it – correct me if I’m wrong). This smartphone that should, no matter what, not sell well, so it can reinforce Stephen Elop’s decision to dump MeeGo development and go with Microsoft, will become available in a few months. That’s become pretty much the standard for Nokia over the past few years, announcing devices they only ship many months later.
Believe it or not, the N9′s will be one of Nokia’s fastest high-end smartphone launches in years. Via Engadget, we hear from MyNewsDesk that the N9 will be available from carrier Three in Sweden on September 23. That’s about three months from now, isn’t it?
Conspiracy theorists will be quick to point out that Apple’s new iPhone will surely launch by then, no matter which of the latest rumors you believe, since basically some say it will happen in August, some in September. So with the iPhone out before the N9, some (if not all) of the enthusiasm regarding the latter will have died down, and the N9 will go ahead and not sell well, just as planned. Remember, those were the conspiracy theorists talking, not me. Although… Ah, never mind. Unless Nokia fires Elop very soon, and it won’t, Nokia will stick to Windows Phone for at least the foreseeable future. Let’s all try and get used to that.
So MeeGo? It was nice meeting you. Who’s going to buy the N9? My guess is that mostly people coming from featurephones, people who have no clue what iOS, Android, or Windows Phone 7 are. They may choose the N9 because it’s beautiful, or because of the user experience, basically anything but the OS it runs or the number of apps that are available for it.
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