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

Chris Davies - Jul 7, 2011, 6:07am CDT
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.

Whether those reassurances will be sufficient to make the N9 a sales success remain to be seen, though there are signs that Nokia itself has only moderate ambitions for the MeeGo phone. Previous leaks have tipped small-scale production and modest sales projections – something Nokia itself has declined to comment on, naturally – with the primary focus remaining on Windows Phone 7.1 Mango.

Nokia has said that it sees MeeGo development as a test-bed for future disruptive mobile technologies, though it’s unclear exactly how many of those will find their way out to the N9 and any other devices running the OS that Nokia releases. The company is yet to commit to a specific launch date for the N9; check out our hands-on report here.

Nokia N9 hands-on

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[via IntoMobile]


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

  1. Oh Nokia, isnt this all getting a bit too familiar? First you announce Symbian’s sad demise, and then your shares dip. Then you say that you will support symbian until 2016. The you come out with a fantastic platform (meego), WHICH is unfortunately dead on arrival- Again your shares dip, and we have… this. Apparently Meego will have support for “years…”, whatever that means.

    Too bad I dont believe you any more. Hope you dont have to regret all this later when you come out with Windows phones…

  2. Oh Nokia, isnt this all getting a bit too familiar? First you announce Symbian’s sad demise, and then your shares dip. Then you say that you will support symbian until 2016. The you come out with a fantastic platform (meego), WHICH is unfortunately dead on arrival- Again your shares dip, and we have… this. Apparently Meego will have support for “years…”, whatever that means.

    Too bad I dont believe you any more. Hope you dont have to regret all this later when you come out with Windows phones…

  3. Hey, Nokia, no one cares about your phones anymore. We are tired of waiting. Symbian, Meego…bla-bla…WP7….bla-bla…we will support…no we don’t…but…may be…
    Guess what? We already have our HTC’s.

  4. Nokia, you need to rethink your strategy, how about you release multiple phones, N9, N950, N8, etc., and make them OS agnostic, thats right Sell an n9 that you can get with Meego, WP7, or Symbian, (hell even add android) and you can flash it yourself later if you want to another OS (better yet allow dual boot).  Build all phones on similar hardware platforms and porting software between devices will be a breeze. And release the phones in all markets unlocked, and with as many carriers as you can get on board.   The claimed reason for choosing WP7 was so they could differentiate themselves, selling OS agnostic phones is one way to differentiate.

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