With smartphone sales rapidly falling away and Symbian looking more and more like a millstone around Nokia's corporate neck, I'm wondering exactly what has been happening with its supposed saviour, the all-new Meego platform.
When Nokia made a high profile announcement that its smartphones would be migrating to this new platform close to a year ago it didn't seem unreasonable to expect new devices to appear relatively quickly. After all Nokia has shipped a number of devices running on its predecessor Maemo and having bet the farm on its new platform surely would be dedicating all its resources to making it work?
Apparently not. Symbian^3 recently arrived to a crescendo of disappointment and speculation is increasing that Nokia are about to go into partnership with Microsoft and/or Google in an attempt to dig itself out of a hole. That's going to make the prospective announcement of the first Meego phone - the N9 - at MWC next month something of a let-down. Nokia needs to deliver a big hitter with the N9 and between now and then it also needs to kill the rumours about its interest in other platforms.
If it can't manage this then its probably time to admit defeat, hook up with Google and Microsoft and hope that its excellent hardware team can keep it afloat in hugely competitive market.