An executive at Nokia has said that the manufacturer’s new partnership with Microsoft is not the end of MeeGo, and that tech-savvy consumers and MeeGo enthusiasts should be prepared for the release of a MeeGo device in the near future.
Explaining the reason for a dearth of MeeGo devices or announcements Jo Harlow, Nokia’s Executive VP of smart devices, told PC Magazine in an interview: “We made the decision not to continue to develop the MeeGo platform simply because it wasn’t mature enough yet to build a whole portfolio around.”
While it will never be Nokia’s flagship OS, MeeGo will still at least get to see the light of day. Harlow also said in the PCMag interview: “You’re going to see the first MeeGo device soon.” She did not provide hard details on what to expect, but instead generally described the device, saying “It’ll be more of a high-end device that certainly will attract the early-adopter geek.”
MeeGo was last spotted at the Mobile World Congress, where it was deemed unpolished and ultimately not yet ready to legitimately compete as a tablet OS.
Last month Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said the company was assessing its tablet strategy, although he did not specify if MeeGo would be a part of that plan. Harlow’s comments would seem to indicate that Elop’s statement “we could do things with some of the other software assets that we have,” was a reference to MeeGo and the impending, vaguely outlined device.