End of the road for the Nokia N9 – and MeeGo

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This week, the Nokia N9 received its third update, PR1.3, with version number v40.2012.21-3.001.19 (a file size of 204.8 MB). For a product that has only been in the market for 9 months, that is impressive. Reports of the update are glowing. Still, it is sad that this 3rd update is not only the last, there ends the saga of the N9 and MeeGo.

N9 - End of the road
Director of applications, MeeGo at Nokia, Sotiris Makrygiannis, yesterday tweeted the following:

After 12 years at #Nokia is time to say goodbye. Last day but I’m going knowing that we created a legendary phone #N9 and we tried hard.

I agree that the guys who pulled the N9 off did an amazing job. Pity that the new Nokia CEO seems bent on killing everything that’s the legacy of the company.

Nokia N9

In tribute to the N9, here is the chorus of one of my favourite oldies from waay back: End of the road. Just so you know, “End of the road” is a 1992 Grammy Award-winning, number-one song recorded in May 1992 by the world famous Boyz II Men for the Motown label.

Although we’ve come
To the end of the road
Still I can’t let go
It’s unnatural
You belong to me
I belong to you.

Although we’ve come
To the end of the road
Still I can’t let go
It’s unnatural
You belong to me
I belong to you

This chorus echoes my sentiments about the Nokia N9. A great device that stepped briefly on the sands of time – and whose legacy will be held on to for a long time by its fans.

10 comments

  1. Maemo- abandoned and left to die.
    Meego – given a befitting funeral
    Symbian – left to rot
    Windows phone – well….
    This signals the end of Nokia as we once knew.

  2. As said by Nokia ‘if window 8 does not work out they are left with the alternative’……..maybe Android Nokia truly.

  3. IMHO, Nokia is heading slowly and surely to one direction! A takeover by Microsoft.
    This is a script being played out to the letter. It is becoming clearer each passing day,

  4. Gone too soon (Nokia N9)

    LOVED BY MANY, HATED BY ALL

    The N9 was my onetime dream phone. Now it’s adventures are waning gradually….it barely spread it’s tentacles for up to a year.

    I hope Nokia will join the new lane and embrace Android.

  5. Office supports is over, but the device and it’s software was born out of an open source/open license/agile methodology ethos. As long as folks taker and want to build for it, it will last. Much of it is not that unfixable either, lending to at least a few years of solid service for those so inclined.

    Personally, I want an N9 (64GB version). Having had both the N800 and N810, I know quite well what’s possible if one puts forth the effort into making mobility personal, not just something propped up by the vision of one and a council of stockholders. For some, mobile means this and more. Hopefully, other platforms that “die” follow the same ethos.

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