Chinese N9 Clone Running Seven Different Operating Systems?

The tech blogs Netbooknews and Pocketlint both recently reported that in China they have a Nokia N9 phone running seven different OSes, switchable by the fling of a finger. (Recent information has corrected that this is in fact a Chinese Clone calling itself a Nokia N9, and not the real hardware.)

This sensational feat has the N9 running all the following concurrently:

  • MeeGo
  • iOS 5
  • HTC Sense (Android),
  • Windows Phone 7
  •  BlackBerry OS
  •  Samsung’s TouchWiz (Android again)
  • Symbian Anna.

Even if it counts like 6 “Operating Systems” and not 7, it’s still a feat that is demoed in the video link here. I want to apologize for not putting the video up in a window, but there seemed to be some difficulty getting this Chinese-originated video to embed.

Essentially this all-in-Chinese video shows a N9 switching between multiple customized instances. To make this clear, these are merely instances and the N9 is not REALLY running all these operating systems, instead it is customized to look like it is.

This collection of more or less good “customizations” are really most likely running on MeeGo, which is struggles to keep alive and relevant these days.

As Wikipedia teaches us:

Strictly speaking, the Nokia N9 does not run MeeGo 1.2 as its operating system. It instead runs what Nokia refers to as a “MeeGo instance”. During the development of Harmattan (previously marketed as Maemo 6), Nokia and Intel merged their open source projects into one new common project called MeeGo.

Jokes of 7 OSes aside, MeeGo’s chameleon abilities to run many customizations without rebooting remains quite spectacular. MeeGo Tablet UX customization principles were recently reported at the MeeGo Conference 2011 in San Francisco. There’s also quite a sizable MeeGo community that is striving to keep all such “MeeGo instances” relevant.

On top of that, there’s also a distant possibility that MeeGo might have some secret virtualization capabilities, similar to the Android App Player running on Blackberry OS 2.

I don’t believe there are some “instances” of QNX (RIM Blackberry OS), or Apple’s iOS 5.0 somewhere in the wild and running on “wrong” hardware with MeeGo. Still, it may happen one day or maybe not at all, but in any case MeeGo is fun and you should enjoy it if you can and while it lasts.

UPDATE: While still interesting to see a device that runs 7 unique customizations, many of our users have indicated this is in fact a Chinese clone and not the real N9. The real hardware in the clone is somewhat unknown. Still, this $65 clone running 7 different customizations is pretty interesting.


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6 Comments

  1. just think says:

    Similar discution I finded in 90-91 about novell and aix unix. Each piece of hardware has own operating system. Now we have proxmox ve platform and we can run on this: Windows, Leopard OS – Apple, any variant of Linux, bsd etc. In this moment you can buy one laptop without operating system. We already know that are powerful free linux distrubutions with long time support (Ubuntu 12.04 and Centos 6). We already have 4 core mobile processor. We are missing d e c i s i o n. Words like standard ieee wifi protocols, css, javascript, tcp/ip , html standards , browser wide portable dynamic web pages are poissons for who try to sell you encrypted, closed source already compiled applications with shiny big corporation labels attached.

  2. Invader9000 says:

    A smartphone running many OSes will never exist. Apple, Nokia, Google, they are opponents, will never allow this to happen, even if they actually sell thw OSes and let us choose. Your dream of a All-OS-Smartphone will never be a reality. Plus that, it unlikely to see a Universal OS sometime in the future, because phone makers mostly fight about software and not hardware. Hardware is hi tech on most (if not all) smartphones, but software is changing every day and many times in a device’s “life”.

  3. Andrew Grush says:

    The idea of any piece of hardware, Chinese or not, running 7 different instances is still pretty cool.

    Still, the staff here at Mobile Magazine apologize that the hardware running these instances was not accurately portrayed. Based on further research prompted by the helpful comments below, the article has been updated to reflect that this is in fact a $65 Chinese clone and not the real Nokia N9. Thank you for your help.

  4. Andrew Grush says:

    The idea of any piece of hardware, Chinese or not, running 7 different instances is still pretty cool.

    Still, the staff here at Mobile Magazine apologize that the hardware running these instances was not accurately portrayed. Based on further research prompted by the helpful comments below, the article has been updated to reflect that this is in fact a $65 Chinese clone and not the real Nokia N9. Thank you for your help.

  5. Invader9000 says:

    Unless you are joking, you must be apologizing for this really stupid post. I do not believe you really mean what you write! If you cannot see the difference between a genuine nokia and fake one, even by watching that video, you should start writing somewhere else! Is this a real N9? Well, read and learn!!

    1. It is a dual SIM, watch for thw 2 signal indicators, thus, it is fake!
    2. The “reviewer” use his nails, not real touck, thus, it is fake!
    3. The screen is smaller and NOT BLACK, thus, it is fake!
    4. The screen is not curved, thus, it is fake!
    5. No Kinetic Scrolling,thus, it is fake!
    6. Plastic body SUCKS! thus, it is fake!

    Never, ever trust chinese video presentations (thw truth is the did not hide any clues that show that it is a face N9)

  6. Anyon says:

    A green N9 ? Looks to be a typical Chinese rip off. Also noticeable is the poor build quality. I have my doubts abt this vid.

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