The team over at Engadget has been in contact with Nokia regarding their upcoming Meego device, and it isn’t a bed of roses. It turns out that America (and possibly the UK) doesn’t feel they need the N9, at least that’s what Nokia’s marketing team has come up with. The “ Decisions are based on an assessment of existing and upcoming products that make up Nokia’s extensive product portfolio and the best way in which to address local market opportunities.”
That’s rather unfortunate for some people out there, as the N9 is one heck of a looker with a pretty nice looking Meego running the show. I can completely understand where Nokia is coming from on this business decision though. The US market isn’t very populated by Nokia devices anymore, and there simply isn’t enough room on the cupboard for yet another smartphone running a different operating system. How does one really explain Meego to a consumer that has the option of Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and WebOS. And don’t forget that the release date for the N9 will coincide with the Windows Phone Mango launch, whom Nokia has partnered with for the foreseeable future.
I hope all of you Meego fans in Russia and South America enjoy having one more option in the smartphone market. If you don’t mind not having a wide selection of apps, and you appreciate a phone’s functionality right out of the box, check it out because it looks like a good one.