Nokia has started shipping its new N9 smartphones which are based on the MeeGo operating system. The phone has no physical buttons, and relies on the touch screen for navigation. The user interface has three home views: applications, events and live applications. According to Nokia, users will be able to download applications from Nokia Store.
The Finnish company announced in February that in future it plans to use Microsoft’s Windows Phone, not MeeGo, as its primary operating system for smartphones.According to PCWorld, Nokia N9 is the company’s “first and last MeeGo Phone”. Nokia is expected to launch its first Windows Phone at the Nokia World conference on October 26, and the start shipping it before the end of the year.
- The Nokia N9 sets the bar for how natural technology can feel, and represents the first in a number of products from Nokia that will be brought to life in similar fashion." commented Ilari Nurmi, Vice President of Marketing, Nokia.
According to Nokia, the new phone comes in three colours, and estimated retail price of the Nokia N9 16GB and 64GB is approximately EUR 480 and EUR 560 before applicable taxes or subsidies, with pricing and availability varying from region to region and operator to operator.
The PCWorld writes that it is not clear which countries will receive the N9, or when, but Nokia gave consumers 24 countries the option to be informed once it becomes available. The list does not include the U.S., U.K., Japan, or India.