Nokia N9, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango and Nokia World 2011: The baptism of fire
When the Microsoft planned the take-over of Nokia, the Nokia N9 Meego Harmattan 1.2 fate was already sealed…or so it was thought.
Through sheer dogged-determination, persistence, political manoeuvring or was it a miracle, the impossible was achieved and the N9 is born with all the glory of Meego Harmattan 1.2 in it.
Despite the millions whom wrote and blogged in support of the trusted Nokia Brand and herald the coming of the Nokia N9 Meego Harmattan 1.2, the board of Nokia have remained silent and the piece-meal disassembling of true Nokia manpower, assets and intellectual property continues…
The recent announcement that the Windows Phone 7 will soon be announced an released in the body of the N9 at the Nokia World début on the 26th of October in ICC London Excel at Royal Victoria Dock, may be the proverbial final nail in the coffin for what was once Finnish and European pride.
Nokia was also the advocate of simple common users all over the world and sought to improve their lot.
Nokia was beginning to bundle free applications like Life Tools to help poor farmers in Maharashtra, India, Nigeria, Afica, Indonesia and even China, and releasing mobile phones and chargers that could be powered by bicycles so that the same poor farmers, against all odds, would be able to join in the world wide revolution of mobile communications and share the fruits of over a hundred years of industrial revolution. The digital divide would narrow and the poor can have tools for agriculture, healthcare, education and even entertainment on their mobile phones, privileges in life that many of us take for granted as a god-given right from birth.
“Ovi Life Tools offers a wide range of information services covering healthcare, agriculture, education and entertainment which address the needs of consumers and help improve their economic prosperity and quality of life. It is a key part of Nokia’s overall strategy to connect the next billion people by providing access to locally relevant services on affordable devices.”
““Farmers will be able to check market prices without travelling long distances to markets, people will be able to find important healthcare information without having to travel miles to see a doctor, and students will be able to learn English. All of this on easy-to-use and affordable mobile phones.”
“Affordability is also key. With almost half of the population below the poverty line, every cent makes a huge difference to people’s household budgets, so we have set out to build a service that is able to further improve their quality of life for just 1 Euro per month”
Imagine Apple or Microsoft developing applications or making hardware customisation to their commercial phones so that poor African farmers can live a life more human. This is where the Europeans lead the rest of the world, despite all their current problems.
Their hard-earned belief and faith in humanity and the good of all mankind, forged through the horrors of the two world wars…
Then again, maybe this is not the end. Maybe this is not even the beginning of the end. Maybe this is just the end of the beginning for Nokia and Meego Harmattan 1.2.
The fact that Windows Phone 7.5 will be marketed in the exact same hardware as the Meego Harmattan 1.2 will allow smartphone users all over the world to compare the two very different future ways of doing things side-by-side, and the privilege of deciding what kind of user interface and cutting edge technology they think is best.
Although many are not aware of it but how we live, the products that we buy, the technology which we support and the companies whom we give profit to, will shape and eventually determine the kind of world we and our future generations will live in.
It is up to all of us to decide.
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