Nokia does not plan to launch its first & final MeeGo device in US (via Slashgear):
“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” – Nokia.
Translation: We are not going to jeopardize the Microsoft powered N9 US sales by letting the customers compare a better MeeGo to a worse WP, given the exact same hardware premises.
Microsoft is desperate to first be a challenger in the US market, and only then to be preset in non-US markets. That’s the “market by market approach” Nokia is talking about.
Apart from this, that’s also a confirmation of a hunch: MeeGo powered N9 is by far a better competitor to Android and iOS than WP will ever be. Sometimes, the roots of failure are visible far before the seed is even sowed.