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No Nokia N9 for US as MeeGo plans stay minimal

No Nokia N9 for US as MeeGo plans stay minimal

The chances of you getting a Nokia N9 look to be considerably reduced this morning, with confirmation that the company has no plans to offer the MeeGo smartphone in the US. Nokia has been cagey regarding release dates for some time now, finally admitting to Engadget that the mid-September countdown - which has since been taken down anyway - doesn't apply to would-be buyers in the US. Meanwhile, the Finns are still refusing to pin down UK availability too.

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Android “openness” a myth say researchers

Android “openness” a myth say researchers

Android's much-vaunted "open source" credentials do not mean the OS is "open", researchers have suggested, finding that Google's platform is actually severely lacking in comparison to other open-source software. Google's refusal to release a public roadmap, unilinear development decisions and "closed contributions process model" all leave it behind rivals like MeeGo and Symbian, VisionMobile concludes, with Android's success being attributed more to Google's deep pockets and a general fear of Apple dominance than anything else.

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Apple contributes to Nokia’s €430m patent settlement income

Apple contributes to Nokia’s €430m patent settlement income

With Nokia's Q2 2011 financial results painting a picture of a company weeping money while it desperately retools, there was one glimmer of hope amid the misery. Having beaten Apple in the courts back in June over patent licensing issues, and secured not only a one-time payment but ongoing fees, Nokia declared approximately €430m ($611m) in IPR royalty income, something CEO Stephen Elop described as having "validated" the company's legal strength.

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Android legal losses reportedly prompt exodus to Windows Phone and MeeGo

Android legal losses reportedly prompt exodus to Windows Phone and MeeGo

HTC's recent legal loss in the ITC Apple patent case, along with Microsoft's aggressive patent push amid Android OEMs, has reportedly left manufacturers increasingly wary of Google's open-source OS. According to the 21st Century Business Herald, growing Chinese brands like ZTE and Huawei are looking to adopt Windows Phone Mango either as a placatory measure toward Microsoft or the first step in a transition from over-reliance on Android. However, the platform spat could also have an unlikely beneficiary: MeeGo.

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Nokia commits to N9 support; “several” updates in pipeline

Nokia commits to N9 support; “several” updates in pipeline

Nokia has confirmed it plans to support the MeeGo-based N9 "for years" and that the company's software engineers have "several SW updates" planned for the niche handset. Nokia head of portfolio management, Klas Ström, took to Twitter to assuage concerns over the N9's longevity, with would-be buyers seemingly keen to pick up the smartphone but wary of Nokia's change of allegiance to Windows Phone.

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