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Ari Jaaksi  (Source:
VP in charge of Meego devices resigns

One of two things is happening at Nokia right now – the Finnish telecom company is in a serious state of transition, or it has a serious problem with talent retention. Finnish online news site Talous Sanomat is reporting that Ari Jaaksi, the VP in charge of Nokia's Meego Devices, has tendered his resignation.

For those of you keeping count, this is the third high-profile executive to leave the company in less than a month.  In September, Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo was replaced by former Microsoft exec Stephen Elop. Days later, Executive Vice President Anssi Vanjoki, head of Nokia's N-Series, announced he would be leaving the company within the next six months. Vanjoki admitted his departure was inspired by being overlooked for the open CEO position

According to Talous Sanomat, Jaaksi has worked at Nokia since 1998. In 2003, he began working on Nokia's Linux-based Maemo OS, which merged with Intel's Moblin OS last February to become MeeGo. MeeGo will power all of Nokia's forthcoming smartphones, with the exception of N8, which will be the last to run Symbian. Its successor, the N9, has been touted by Nokia as the company's flagship phone, set to take on its iPhone and Android competitors. Engadget pointed out that Mobile-Review's Eldar Murtazin called MeeGo "not so good at the moment," despite the N9 hardware being "near perfect."

"Nokia needs to step up on the MeeGo side. MeeGo has grown up from Maemo and there is much more at stake now," Gartner analyst Carolina Milanes told The Economic Times. "They need someone who understands mobile and PC, who might be closer to Intel and a much better public person."

Jaaksi will be replaced by Alberto Torres, who has been the executive vice president of mobile solutions since last year.

Engadget investigated what the shakeup means for MeeGo's planned Q4 roll-out, which a Nokia spokesperson said would not be affected. Another spokesperson cryptically told Engadget that an "update on MeeGo" will be announced by year's end. 

This comes at a critical time for the mobile company that has been quickly losing market share to its smartphone competitors, and ranked dead last in J.D. Power's customer satisfaction survey.

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too many platforms
By dani31 on 10/5/2010 8:15:14 AM , Rating: 2
Diversity is good for competition, however I feel there are too many platforms today competing for the same markets and same developers, causing any choice to be poor choice from a certain point of view.

- Android
- iOS
- Windows Phone 7
- Bada
- Symbian
- MeeGo

I'm not saying Nokia should be it but some should fall to the laws of natural selection. I'm just sad we still see Symbian around while really good platforms like WebOS are history.

RE: too many platforms
By robinthakur on 10/5/2010 8:30:06 AM , Rating: 4
When it comes to developers, they focus on the following two platforms because they tend to make money on them (primarily iOS as of right now)

- iOS
- Android

In terms of the rest, Symbian is nearing end of life so the rich development history will soon slow to a halt. WP7 is completely untested (signs don't look good though, how many DT proponents will put their money where their mouths are?) and the others are so marginal as to be pointless developing for, for now.
- Windows Phone 7
- Bada
- Symbian
- MeeGo

Completely hear you on WebOS though. If only Palm had licensed other handset manufacturers like HTC to use it then it could be where Android is today! :(

RE: too many platforms
By vol7ron on 10/5/2010 9:37:41 AM , Rating: 2
I think this is touching on an oncoming important factor.

A person buys a phone, spends a decent amount of money on apps, and locks himself into that platform, unless willing to spend another ridiculous amount of money on the same apps for another platform.

I would like to see some transparency in the OSs. While things like email addresses, phone numbers, and select media (mp3s) may be portable with the use of 3rd party hardware, what about those pesky little apps that you may have spent a small fortune on? You're almost locked in from the start.

I, as well, am sorry to see WebOS go. I'm hopeful for Win7, haven't had a chance to play with Droid, and frustrated with iOS.

Nokia really made its mark by introducing the first camera phone series. It may have not been the first, but it put its money in the advertising. I think they need to introduce something new if they want to get back in the "game". My best suggestion would be a low grade pico-projector - something no one else has, which could be useful.

Waiting for the day we can dual boot a phone.

RE: too many platforms
By bug77 on 10/5/2010 9:51:46 AM , Rating: 2
A person buys a phone thinking he bought a computer , spends a decent amount of money on apps, and locks himself into that platform

That's the problem, imho. If you want to use it like a computer, start thinking about it like a computer. If we were to compare the markets, the phone market today is like the computer market before PC. So it will still be a while before things settle down.

RE: too many platforms
By Dark Legion on 10/5/2010 10:21:31 AM , Rating: 2
Waiting for the day we can dual boot a phone.

Actually an N900 can dual boot maemo and android, and apparently a maemo/meego dual boot is in the works.

RE: too many platforms
By CharonPDX on 10/5/2010 3:57:45 PM , Rating: 2
And some enterprising hackers have figured out how to dual boot Android with iOS on the iPhone:

(Only the original iPhone and iPhone 3G can do this, and you're stuck with iPhone OS 3.x for now, but still impressive.)

RE: too many platforms
By Zarsky on 10/5/2010 9:42:13 AM , Rating: 3
Never heard of Qt?

Symbian^3 and Meego both support Qt, so developer can easily write the same application to both platforms without any hassle. That will surely extend Symbian's lifespan. :)

RE: too many platforms
By jvillaro on 10/5/2010 10:54:39 AM , Rating: 2
And Java
And Silverlight for Windows Phone 7 and Symbian...

RE: too many platforms
By shortylickens on 10/9/2010 7:53:44 AM , Rating: 2
Nokia should have jumped on the Android team immediately. And been allowed to do their own tweaks and enhancements. They were too in love with their little Symbian project when it was clearly time to move on with bigger and better things.

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