N900, MeeGo, and Barcelona
N900 takes the pictures and monitors the speed of the plane … keeping the pilot honest.
Open source and Business
So how was Barcelona? I met with many device manufacturers, software houses, and chipset and technology providers. It became clear that many of them will be looking into MeeGo as a viable target platform. The feedback was very positive.
We managed to get a very good traction with open source community on Maemo. MeeGo now expands that to next level -- and this is one of the biggest contributions Maemo will provide to MeeGo. I've been discussing with community members, seen the discussion and work taking off at the MeeGo discussion forums, and so forth ... the ball is rolling! Now it is the time for you to get on-board. Now!
But that's not all. With MeeGo we now get business interest like never before from the key players in the industry. As a truly open alternative, strong community support, with full blown standard Linux, powerful application environment, and the two biggest investors in mobile Linux backing it up it has all the potential. There was a huge need for something like MeeGo. Openly developed operating system backed up by enough money and a strong community.
I’m very encouraged!
So what’s with today ….?
N900 is one of the most interesting products you can own at the moment. It is on open Linux based smartphone / mobile computer that offers, among other things, a superior browser that runs full Flash and renders pages better than any other mobile browser, good multimedia cababilitis (DivX and stuff ... even to your TV), a very deep social networking integration, a conversation view that allows you to maintain short message and IM conversations in order, capability to run many applications at the same time, OVI store for more apps, community repositories for really advanced stuff and apps, a Carl Zeiss camera, etc etc. (I indeed sound like a sales guy … but then again I and my daughter are using N900 as our primary device, of course)
And now, going forward it will only get better. We just released a new software release for you this Tuesday. Third over-the-air update this year pushed to your N900 by us. And we have new software updates in the pipeline for you, more applications coming, and we open new markets for sales.
But there is better to come. The announcement of MeeGo takes N900 even further. Now listen to this:
MeeGo has already gotten many more people interested in N900 than Maemo platform alone would have done. I already know many people now gearing up their Qt based application development on N900. Why now? Because now they know it will not be just a Nokia-only thing but will be much wider and thus worth investing in. This means that there will be more applications for N900 owners in the future than there would have been without MeeGo. This is for sure. This is the most important thing for the majority of N900 customers. With MeeGo, Maemo and N900 will only go stronger!