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Nokia Goes From Bad To Worse As N9 Gets The Boot

The Nokia N9 has reportedly been scrapped days before it was due to be made official at Mobile World Congress. Reuters reported that two industry sources informed the agency of the decision after seeing an internal memo sent from Nokia CEO Stephen Elop to his employees explaining that MeeGo might not be the “platform for winning high-end smartphones”.

The Nokia N9 has had a rocky ride over the past couple of weeks after Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin caused a mass of confusion after implying on his Twitter account that the MeeGo smartphone was no more. He later retracted his comments, explaining that the confusion arose out of Nokia’s new naming policy and mentioned a new device called the N9-01. Following reports that Nokia has ceased development of the Nokia N9, the industry is now wondering whether the N9-01, thought to be a tablet or keyboard-less version of the N9, will be the debut MeeGo device.

Elop also mentioned in his message yesterday that there may only be one MeeGo device landing this year, suggesting that not all is well in Nokia HQ. The firm has an event scheduled for tomorrow, February 11 which is shaping up to be an interesting watch.

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