On Tizen and MeeGo / Bad names vs good names

Intel and Samsung just announced that they’d be developing a new thing called Tizen, instead of MeeGo.
What a way to try to sabotage the launch of the N9. 🙂 It would really be in their own interest if the N9 would succeed, despite all the efforts by Stephen Elop and Nokia to put it down.
I was always really interested in developing for MeeGo and using MeeGo products. It is a great name and a brand, while Tizen is just the most horrible name I’ve heard in a while.

HTML5 is slow, hacky, ugly as a platform and just plain awful.

Hello Intel. You’ve just lost all your credibility. You don’t have any direction. Did you know that when you want to build a platform, you must make a good plan, a good name, and then ship something once per year, and stick to that. You’re pattern seems to be to make a new plan each year, a new name, and not to ship anything. Oh well, at least the N9 is shipping. 🙂

Hello Linux Foundation. Why are you putting your good name into this.

It would have been much better for everyone, if you’d just continue with the MeeGo name, infrastructure and codebase. You could have bolted HTML5 on top of it, for those who really want it. (Who would want it, is beyond me.)

I think I’ll just buy the N9, and hope it lasts for ten years, as it seems there will not be any interesting platforms in the near future.

Just change the name to something decent at least. But that won’t really save you anymore. Your credibility is lost.

I hope that there’ll be some sort of revolt in the MeeGo community and Linux Foundation over this.
I’m still sticking with Linux.

(I’m normally a nice guy, but this insanity just makes me angry…)
I think all this arguing about the N9 not being an actual MeeGo could just end now. I know it could have been called Maemo 6, but as far as I can see the N9 is the only MeeGo phone to ship. That makes it the most MeeGo of them all. And I always preferred .deb packages and Maemo’s Debian roots anyway!


Tested the N9 myself

I went to the Nokia flagship store in Helsinki yesterday. There were two black N9s right after the door. I only had to wait for my turn for five minutes or so.

I already knew how to operate it by looking at all the vids on the net. It was a fast, fluent, intuitive and smooth experience. I don’t own a touchscreen phone, but I’ve tried some competing products (you know what they are!). The feel is very similar, but the N9 has so much better design in almost every aspect. The icons are nice, the motion design is intuitive. And the swipe gestures are really easy to start using.

The virtual keyboard looks nice. Works better in landscape, as is probably the case with all virtual keyboards. Still, I was able to type some stuff almost quickly even in portrait mode.

Too bad they only had them in black. I would have wanted to see the cyan one. There were pre-order papers, but I didn’t fill it, as it listed the black N9 as the only one having the 64GB. I want my cyan N9 with 64GB storage, thank you! That might not happen, but I’m willing to wait a bit to see how this thing evolves after the N9 becomes widely available.

The N9 is truly a fantastic device. Absolutely the best smartphone on the market, except it’s not yet on the market! I just love the unique design and the openness. The platform isn’t constrained like the competitors (like vendor-locked in stores to get apps, or virtual machines bringing down the responsiveness and speed).

I’ve got two game ideas for it already. If I can squeeze the time, I’ll start to develop them and maybe put them on the store, when finished. We’ll see how that goes.

Nice N9 adds…

Here’s a nice Nokia N9 add apparently from Nokia Denmark. (Who have been doing a great job with the Copenhagen Design Week videos as well, I think…)

And then a beautiful add for Qt and developers. This one features a very nice mystic atmosphere, enigmatic music and beautiful cinematography of the people and the N9 as well. I think I should travel to China someday… (See the films of Jia Zhang-Ke, they’re great, if you like it slow and mystic).

I’d really hope that people in high places at Nokia can see the potential in this phone and the platform, which is superior to anything else on the market right now. All we need is a statement like: “One MeeGo phone each year.” And people will be happy. (I think they also should just change the current CEO and go with a multi-OS strategy. Let the consumer decide!)