The Verge are reporting that they have been tipped about an internal memo from HP. The memo is reportedly to have come from Todd Bradley, announcing the creation of a new Mobility business that will be responsible for bringing “consumer tablets” to the market. Ex-MeeGo boss, Alberto Torres, will be heading up this new sector, reporting directly to Bradley.
This is another example of MeeGo talent being found companies and projects outside of Nokia. First we saw the ex-staff start-up Jolla, a company that will actually see them continuing their great work. There is also CloudberryTec, started-up by ex-Nokia and MeeGo staff. With Torres being in charge of this new division, will we see some of the Nokia influence coming through? It is quite annoying that Nokia is losing some of the greatest minds (greatest as defined by me), and losing them to competing companies.
Only time will tell if dropping MeeGo, even for “future disruptions” was smart, or not. Will it raise the same argument that we heard when Maemo was killed: “If only Maemo had been phased in to take over Symbian, Nokia would have been on top”, only, will it be: “If MeeGo-Harmattan had have been used, instead of going ll out on WP, would Nokia still be selling phones”. Let’s hope they still last
Source: The Verge