Nokia N9 will not be coming to US
I hate to be the bearer of horrible news, but it looks like I'm here and stuck with that responsibility. Today, Nokia announced that the N9, the first and probably last smartphone from the manufacturer to run MeeGo, will not be coming to the US after all. Says Nokia itself,
"After the very positive reception to the launch of the Nokia N9, the product is now being rolled out in countries around the world. At this time we will not be making it available in the US. Nokia takes a market by market approach to product rollout, and each country makes its own decisions about which products to introduce from those available. Decisions are based on an assessment of existing and upcoming products that make up Nokia's extensive product portfolio and the best way in which to address local market opportunities."
There you have it. But unlike the other sites who just report on that quote, I want to go into depth a bit on why this might be. Remember that whole Microsoft and Nokia partnership? I think that might have something to do with existing and future Nokia hardware that isn't running Windows Phone 7. I mean, after all, Microsoft is saving Nokia's rear end with the partnership, so I think the latter company would do everything in its power to keep that partnership afloat.[Engadget]