12 February 2011
Nokia Workers In Protest,
Intel Disappointed With Nokia's Decision
When your primary partner for bringing you mobile OS to market says The company also wanted to remind us that Nokia is just one of many partners, and that MeeGo will be coming to multiple devices, especially tablets.
Although Nokia still plans to ship one MeeGo-related product later this year it is clear that Finnish phone-maker is taking a step back from MeeGo. Nokia says that OS wasn't moving fast enough and that it will now use it "not as part of another broad smart phone platform strategy, but as an opportunity to learn," that pretty much sounds like a death sentence.
But according to an Intel spokesperson, Intel is 'not blinking on MeeGo.' Nokia may have run off with Microsoft, but Intel remains married to MeeGo! The chip designer said to Laptop it already supported other operating systems and that there were other platforms besides phones to support.
While we are disappointed with Nokia's decision, Intel is not blinking on MeeGo. We remain committed and welcome Nokia's continued contribution to MeeGo open source.
Our strategy has always been to provide choice when it comes to operating systems, a strategy that includes Windows, Android, and MeeGo. This is not changing.
MeeGo is not just a phone OS, it supports multiple devices. And we're seeing momentum across multiple segments – automotive systems, netbooks, tablets, set-top boxes and our Intel silicon will be in a phone that ships this year.
Although Intel spokeswoman Suzy Ramirez has later clarified that the last line doesn't mean that there will be a MeeGo smartphone based on Intel's hardware.
Nokia workers are also embarrased and dissapointed with its boss' decision to switch to Windows Phone According to a Finnish newspaper, over a thousand employees left the Nokia offices in Tampere and Oulu this afternoon in protest.
The company has been trying to reports from Finland have noted that hundreds of Nokia workers, possibly as many as 1,000, have walked out of Nokia's Tampere office in protest at the decision. Most of them are believed by HI to work on Symbian and are objecting to upcoming job cuts that will almost certainly scale back the software team as Nokia exits Symbian on smartphones.
The Tampere office was already expected to be closed, but over half of the 3,000 employees working there are involved in Symbian. Only the feature phone OS version, Series 40, is expected to survive in the long term. Some at the location also work on MeeGo and may see their involvement scale back.