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Nokia unveiled Tuesday its new N9 smartphone that runs the MeeGo operating system, and is being marketed as a "pure touch screen" device without buttons.

The N9 will launch later this year, and the company will release later the device's pricing and availability in various markets, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said at a company event in Singapore.

Nokia said in February that it would establish a future smartphone strategy around Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, to help the company compete against Apple's iPhone and handsets using Google's Android operating system.

The company said it would still put out during the year a smartphone with MeeGo, a Linux-based OS developed in collaboration with Intel.

The Windows-based product is scheduled to ship later this year, Elop said. Nokia had earlier said the product would ship by the fourth quarter.

Nokia also restated its commitment to the Symbian operating system at the event. The company said it will start shipping Nokia N8s, E7s, C7s and C6-01s with the new Symbian Anna software update in July. By the end of August, existing owners of these devices can also download Symbian Anna. Over the next 12 months Nokia plans to bring up to 10 new Symbian-based smartphones to market.

Nokia designed the N9 as an "all screen" phone with a 3.9 inch display that covers most of the front side of the device. No home button is built on to it. Instead, users navigate back to the home view by simply swiping across the edge of the phone's screen.

People want more screen on their phone, and want to be able to use their phones when on the move, said Marko Ahtisaari, Nokia's senior vice president for design. That requires the phone to offer better one-handed use, and the ability to view all information at a glance of the phone, he added.

The N9 features an 8-megapixel camera. It also uses near-field communication technology. During Tuesday's demo Ahtisaari showed that the device can easily synchronize with a Bluetooth headset, simply by having the phone touch the earphones.

The phone will come in three colors: black, cyan and magenta. There will be two versions available with storage at 16GB and 64GB.

The design of the N9 will be carried forward to other smartphones from Nokia, Elop said.

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It looks simple, the design seems quite nice to me, definitely one of the better look from nokia recent releases

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anybody know of the app support for this OS? may be worth upgrading to from my 3GS when its time.

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anybody know of the app support for this OS? may be worth upgrading to from my 3GS when its time.

The MeeGo OS is still pretty new but I have high hopes for it since it's being actively developed by 3 major companies (Nokia, Intel and AMD). And I heard if it will support x86 architecture which would be a huge advantage.

Anyways, it's still too soon to tell but I believe it will be a worthy OS in time.

In the meantime I suggest you check this video, you'll see it in action, it's a beauty :)

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looks good :) hopefully the OS will keep being developed. Nothing more irritating than having a good device and then having next to no apps/support for it.

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looks good :) hopefully the OS will keep being developed. Nothing more irritating than having a good device and then having next to no apps/support for it.

With 3 heavy-hitters (Nokia, Intel and AMD) behind it, you can bet it will be adequately supported, who knows maybe even compete -in time- with the current top contenders (iOS and Android).

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Nokia CEO: MeeGo is gone even if N9 phone sells well

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Earlier this month wireless phone maker Nokia announced the launch of the N9, a touch screen smartphone that runs under the MeeGo open source operating system. The phone is scheduled to be sold later this fall. The release of the N9 with the MeeGo, however, has raised some questions about Nokia's commitment to its previously announced plans to launch phones based on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system.

It looks like the N9 is going to be a one-off phone for Nokia at least as far as the MeeGo is concerned. In an interview with the Finland-based web site Helsingin Sanomat, Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop says that even if the N9 turns out to be a huge hit, don't expect to see MeeGo in any more of Nokia's phones. Indeed, Elop said that the N9 is based more on its Qt application set up than the MeeGo operating system.

Elop also continued to defend the company's decision to move its phones to the Windows Phone 7 operating system which also means Nokia abandoning its in-house Symbian OS. Many have questioned this move as the Windows Phone operating system has yet to make a significant dent in the overall smartphone market. Elop, however, remains confident that this deal will work, saying, "I understand completely that the investors want to see the results of our new strategy in their full glory. This will take some time, but once we are in a position to introduce the results of our strategy, I am sure the doubts will disperse."

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WTF? So they spend all this time and effort to develop something just to abandon it? That doesn't make any sense!

Well, I guess Intel isn't gonna give up on it, not sure where AMD stands though.

Intel Sees Future For MeeGo System After Nokia's Microsoft Deal

Intel Corp. said the MeeGo mobile operating system developed with Nokia Oyj has a future even after the Finnish handset maker’s decision to use Microsoft Corp.’s software in some devices.

“I don’t see that Nokia changing its strategy changes the industry strategy,” Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini said in an interview on the sidelines of a conference in Barcelona today. “The operators still look for an open, operator-friendly operating system.”

Meego will be used in tablets this year, the CEO said. It will also be used in mobile phones and in embedded devices in the automotive industry, he said. Intel announced in February last year that it would work with Nokia on a joint platform.

Nokia, led by Chief Executive Officer Stephen Elop, unveiled plans last week to make Microsoft’s Windows its primary software in the competition for smartphone customers. The company is competing against Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms.

Elop plans to ship one MeeGo product this year as “an opportunity to learn” before redeploying MeeGo team members and product elements to Windows Phone 7 and future platforms.

Otellini said today he “understood” why Nokia is pursuing a tie-up with Microsoft and said he would have made “the same or a similar call.”

Intel is seeking to recruit mobile-phone makers as customers for its scaled-down PC chips. Smartphones powered by its chips will be available this year, Otellini said at the conference.

Editors: Robert Valpuesta, Simon Thiel.

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i actuall dont think MeeGo can even get in the contest (Ios , android )

i heard it's codenamed as Sea Ray , and it might have win phone 7

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