N9 Launch Makes Stephen Elop and WP7 Redundant at Nokia

N9 Launch Makes Elop and WP7 Redundant at Nokia

When Stephen Elop was appointed as the CEO of Nokia, it was done under the premise that Nokia was unable to develop on its own a Mobile OS which is capable of contending with the like of iOS, Android, etc.

This was at the very best a weak assumption, one that has been accepted by the Nokia Board of Directors whom appointed Elop, presumably under the influence of the American market-analyst reports (whom are as reliable as the credit rating agencies) and the stupor induced by the desire for the ever desirable North American market share, used an enticement by the Microsoft Business Development Arm, of which Stephen Elop led.

With the official announcement and release of the N9 specifications, user-interface and Meego Harmattan 1.2 Mobile OS, it is now clear that all the above presumptions were false, and had been sold to the Nokia Board of Directors in an attempt to “kill off” one of Nokia’s finest innovations before it can pose a further threat to the already anaemic sales and reception of the Windows Phone 7 platform.

Even more threatening to Microsoft is the fact that the Meego platform is open-source and is ready for porting over to Tablet and Netbook devices, making the obsolescences of the Windows OS even more likely, with the result of Microsoft losing even more share of the desktop, laptop, netbook and tablets Operating System Market, of which Windows share has already started to decline on its own.

This is of even a bigger threat to Microsoft as the Meego tie-up was with Intel, traditionally the hardware partner for the Windows OS.

Hence, Elop and the Microsoft Business Development team never had the best interest of Nokia Shareholders nor its users in killing off the Nokia Ecosystem of Symbian and Meego operating system. These OSes are highly evolved and it is obvious that Nokia Board of Directors had no reason to substitute them with something that has just arisen from the Mobile OS Primordial Soup, the non-evolved unproven Windows Phone 7 software, which is essentially a bolt-on version of the much maligned and distrusted Windows desktop operating system.

Despite the outward appearances of Elop who continues to profess that he is trying to “safe” Nokia, in reality, it is Microsoft and Windows Phone 7 that are on the “Burning Platform”, on the much over-dued path to extinction, a fate all proprietary bloat-ware has to meet.

In the last 6 months, the Board of Directors have capitulated on their responsibilities to the Staff of Nokia, the Shareholders of Nokia and last but not least, to the 300 million users of Nokia users.

However, they can no longer hide behind the excuse that there is no alternative to survival in the smart-phone market segment if they do not sell out to Microsoft. There is, and the alternative is Nokia N9 running on Meego OS.

It is time for the Board of Directors of Nokia to be both Man and Woman, and stand up to be counted for their action or inaction. They need to make a public declaration that the board is actually acting in the best interest of Microsoft, i.e. a de facto Microsoft Board of Directors running Nokia from the inside.

Otherwise, it is time for them to act and relieve Stephen Elop of his CEO duties as he has clearly misled the Nokia Board of Directors and clearly have led Nokia to the brink of destruction and irreparable ruin.

It is time for Elop and Windows Phone 7 to be made redundant at Nokia. The N9 is good enough reason for the Nokia Board of Directors to do the right thing. Otherwise, the major Nokia shareholders should call for an extra-ordinary meeting to remove them via a vote of no-confidence.

The following review highlights why the Nokia N9 should be supported and made the primary OS for all future Nokia smartphone devices.

BMLE,

MeegoMan

Taken verbatim from:

Why the Nokia N9 left me lost for wordsby Mike Evans,

The Nokia N9 has just been unveiled to the world and it’s already achieved something that very rarely happens – it’s left me lost for words! For the N9 is the phone that really is – finally – Nokia’s iPhone killer. The N9 is the first Nokia phone in a long time that has the interface right, the user experience right, and the quality of the underlying hardware (mostly) right.

It’s a compelling package with some stunning features, forged under tremendous pressure as Nokia reeled from internal convulsions as chief engineers, CEOs and even corporate strategies seemingly forged in stone, all left the company within the space of a year.

Against this backdrop, Nokia has created something special with the N9. Everything about it – from the Operating System to the user interface, the design, the functionality, the apps, the features – absolutely everything has been written from scratch. That’s an insane amount of work and Nokia’s engineers should be rightly proud of what they’ve achieved.

But what’s even more insane is that this really is the last true Nokia smartphone you’ll ever see.

All the hard work and effort that’s gone into the N9 will be thrown away as the company’s new strategy focuses solely on Windows Phone 7. It beggars belief!

For the moment, though, let’s give the engineers the credit they deserve, and see what the N9 has to offer.

Nokia N9 Preview

The Nokia N9 is Nokia’s flagship smartphone for 2011. Actually, it’s Nokia’s only new smartphone of 2011 and is the one phone the company can rely on to earn it some money in what has been a desperate year!

Where other Nokia smartphones have used the companies Symbian OS, the N9 uses the brand new MeeGo Operating System instead. This is a very good thing, as Symbian had turned into a lumbering dinosaur. MeeGo, in contrasts, has evolved at break-neck speed as something truly capable of taking on Android and iOS.

The N9 uses MeeGo 1.2 with what Nokia is calling the Harmattan skin (Nokia’s own user interface) on top. This skin is very similar in concept to HTC’s Sense UI, which is a skin that runs on top of Android and helps differentiate HTC’s Android phones from any other manufacturers.

If Nokia added their own skin to MeeGo, you have to wonder why they didn’t just adopt Android earler and put the Harmattan skin over that rather than developing their own Operating System from the ground up, but if Nokia’s strategy made any sense, they wouldn’t be in the predicament they are now!

But I digress.

The N9, is a brand new phone in every sense of the word. New hardware, new software, new interface, new OS, new features – even new gestures. Let’s see what makes it so special.

The best featues of the N9

The user interface

In some ways the N9 is reminiscent of Android. When you wake the phone up from its slumber, you see a series of icons, while a swipe will move the user to the next homescreen. Although not exactly novel, the movement is extremely fluid and reassuringly intuitive.

Rather than Android’s 7 homescreens (depending on which manufacturer’s skin you’re using), the N9 has just three:

app screen – the launcher screen that contains all your app’s

icons notification screen – a list of all your notifications from anything that receives a notification, whether it’s SMS, Facebook, Twitter or phone

app switcher screen – a series of apps that are currently running, letting you select the one you want via a single touch.

None of this is remotely new, but to see it running on a Nokia using Nokia’s own design is extremely refreshing.

It’s a similar story with the N9′s onboard apps. Its music player, gallery and camera interface are all familiar, yet at the same time different, giving you a real feeling that what you’re holding is something very unique.

Have a look at the video below and you’ll see what I mean. It’s a phone you really want to use, to explore, and to marvel at just how far Nokia has come since the bad old days of Symbian (i.e. from 2007 to now!)

Superb hardware feature

Of course, this wouldn’t be a top-end Nokia phone without some top-end features, and here the N9 really shines. Just check these out:

8 megapixiel camera with 28mm widescreen Carl Zeiss lens and dual LED flash

3.9″ Clear Black AMOLED screen gives a super-clear display even outside, and a wide viewing angle

720p video recording

1GHz OMAP 3630 processor with PowerVR SGX530 graphics processor

1GB RAM

Quad-band GSM

Penta-band WCDMA (i.e. 3G all over the world!)

aGPS

Compass

Proximity Sensor

microSIM slot

NFC

That certainly puts it on a par with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. True, it’s not as powerful as the Samsung Galaxy S or HTC Sensation, but it’s certainly up there with the big hitters of the smartphone world.

But don’t forget the quality of Nokia’s features. Sure, the N9′s processor might be no match for the Galaxy S II, but you can bet that the camera will be best in class.

Radical new NFC features

Even more interesting is what Nokia has achieved with NFC, the contactless technology that’s currently all the rage. Rather than focus on contactless payments, Nokia uses NFC in the N9 to pair the device with other devices using Bluetooth.

Just look at the video below. Play music on your N9 and transfer it to a speaker or headphones, just by tapping the N9 onto the speaker or headphones. No settings, no buttons to press – just tap and the music is transferred instantly.

That’s a fantastic new innovation, and something that Samsung really should have thought of first.

Summary

I said at the start of this post that the N9 has left me speechless. Why? Well consider this.

The N9 was cancelled several months ago. Prior to that, it was hailed as the saviour of Nokia.

Through it all, it survived not just its premature cancellation, it also survived Nokia’s CEO leaving, Nokia’s MeeGo chief Ari Jaaski leaving, countless managers leaving, and a new CEO joining who killed the MeeGo project in favour of Windows Phone 7.

At the same time, tens of thousands of Nokia employees were fired, Nokia’s Symbian coders were forced to transfer to Accenture, and the company’s share price halved from $12 to $6 a share in the space of six months (it was nearly $40 a share when the iPhone was launched in 2007!) as investors realized just how dire a position Nokia was in.

And yet, despite all this, the N9 looks to be a winner. If the finished product can be as good as this early pre-production unit looks, and if the company can deliver it on time (Q4 2011), Nokia has done the impossible – it’s actually produced a worthy competitor to the iPhone and Android just when all hope seemed lost!

The bitter irony is that, for the N9, and MeeGo in particular, all hope really is lost. Thanks to new CEO Elop, there won’t be another MeeGo smartphone.

It’s a genuine shame that through some spectacularly bad managerial decisions, MeeGo and the N9 will both be still-born, and the N9 engineers will never get their chance to go beyond what the N9 has achieved.

As one of the Harmattan Application team has said on his personal blog, these engineers should feel rightfully proud of what they’ve achieved.

I’ll be giving the N9 a throrough review when it’s released later in the year, and I can’t wait to see how it compares to the latest Android devices – and most mouth-wateringly of all, the new Nokia Windows Phone 7 devices!

[Source: Engadget Mobile]

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