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Nokia N9 Review

Nokia N9 Review

It's somehow fitting, running our review of the much-anticipated Nokia N9 smartphone on the eve of Nokia World 2011. The company is expected to reveal its plans for salvation, namely adopting Windows Phone, while the N9 runs what Nokia used to believe would save it, MeeGo. A splash of uniqueness never hurt any device, and the N9 has built up a vocal following, convinced MeeGo should have been the Finn's focus instead of a deal with Microsoft. Has rarity blinded rationality, or is the N9 really a bittersweet slice of not just what could've been, but what should've been? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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Nokia World 2011: Crunchtime

Nokia World 2011: Crunchtime

It's been quite the month for mobile, and it's not over yet: Nokia is still yet to take the stage, following Apple and Google's respective plays for smartphone dominance. Next week sees Nokia World 2011 arrive in London, UK, an opportunity for the Finnish company to prove it's not only still alive and kicking, but relevant in an increasingly competitive and fast-moving segment. Competitive is not a word you'd use to describe Nokia's line-up over the past 12-18 months, but a close partnership with Microsoft promises to change all that. Read on to find out what to expect, and why 2011 could well be the most important year for Nokia since it gave up making rubber boots.

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White Nokia N9 due Q1 2012?

White Nokia N9 due Q1 2012?

Nokia could be readying two new N9 color variants, it's suggested, with white and green versions of the MeeGo smartphone spotted. According to the picture shared with SlashGear from Ricciolo1, the white N9 will be part of a limited market release in Q1 next year, though there's no telling exactly which markets those will be.

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Acer and ASUS opt into Tizen; HTC ponders say sources

Acer and ASUS opt into Tizen; HTC ponders say sources

Tizen, the platform that gobbled up MeeGo, may only be a few days old but already it's reportedly gaining support from new companies including ASUS and Acer. The firms are each apparently set to add Tizen development to their engineer's workload, DigiTimes' sources claim, with HTC said to be "currently evaluating its decision." The shift in OS focus will mean that ASUS and Acer's existing MeeGo device plans are put on ice, it's suggested.

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MeeGo morphs into Tizen as Intel and Samsung take charge

MeeGo morphs into Tizen as Intel and Samsung take charge

Confusion around MeeGo continues, with the news that the open-source platform is to transition into Tizen, a new, similarly open-source OS targeting smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, netbooks and ICE systems. Hosted by The Linux Foundation and with development powered by Intel, Samsung and the MeeGo team itself - which promises that MeeGo users and developers should have a relatively easy time of it, shifting across to Tizen - the new platform is expected to be released in Q1 2012 in both OS and SDK form.

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Nokia N9 now shipping

Nokia N9 now shipping

The Nokia N9 has begun shipping, the Finnish company has confirmed, with stocks of the MeeGo smartphone headed to pre-order customers and stores. Priced at €480 ($650) for the 16GB model or €560 ($759) for the 64GB version, three color versions of the N9 are on offer: blue, red or black.

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Samsung says MeeGo no-go

Samsung says MeeGo no-go

A few days ago there were rumors circulating that Samsung was possibly eyeing a tie up with MeeGo. The suggestion seemed to be that Samsung would attempt to acquire MeeGo, even though MeeGo is open source. CNET reports that Samsung has now said that you can’t buy an open source project. While there might be some truth to that, the real crux of the deal is that Samsung isn’t interested in MeeGo. No one is apparently, even Nokia has backed away from the OS.

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