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Nokia working on Meltemi, a new Linux-based OS for low-end handsets

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Nokia working on Meltemi, a new Linux-based OS for low-end handsets
After dumping its MeeGo operating system, which looked surprisingly good on the Nokia N9, Nokia is up for another strange decision - working on its own Linux-based OS under the Meltemi codename, this time for low-end phones, according to a WSJ article quoting “people familiar with the matter.” Mary McDowell, running Nokia’s low-end handset division is reported to head the project. 

For Nokia, this will mean some more versatility for its cheaper phones as the company has already committed to a partnership with Microosft tying it with Windows Phone for high-end handsets. Meltemi might arrive on Nokia’s more affordable devices. The origins of the name of the OS are poetic as it all comes from Greek and translates like the Northern winds hitting the Aegean sea in summer.

Nokia declined to comment on Meltemi or any other future products for that matter. Interestingly, looking back in time, a Register article in April first speaks of Meltemi as the project where ex-MeeGo engineers could have headed to: 

There will also be opportunities within the Meltemi organization, for personnel working within the MeeGo teams.

To make matters even more interesting, we should mention that Nokia has already stated its intention to bring a touch UI to its Java-based Series 40 platform. Nokia has also previously been said to work on a touch and app enabled affordable devices, which sounds like a powerful combination for emerging markets. Currently, 47% of Nokia’s shipped phones are feature phones, so maintaining that share might be crucial for the company’s future. 

source: WSJ, TheRegister

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posted on 29 Sep 2011, 08:23 3

1. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Yeaaaah! bbye symbian!!! Windows Phone and Meltemi for the win!

Meltemi should be meego like since it's linux.

Nokia Rise!

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 08:54 1

2. bayhuy (Posts: 297; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Another FAIL. Nokia just need to die. I'm surprised they survived so long.

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 09:19 3

3. Bob (unregistered)


Well Nokia is still the largest phone maker.I think Nokia is taking good steps. Atleast 2 billion people in the world need low end devices. Nokia really lives upto its caption : 'Connecting People'.

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 09:32

4. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)


Too many Operating Systems

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 12:33

5. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 366; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


Not exciting

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 12:46

6. saiki4116 (Posts: 356; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


one day nokia will come out and say they have changed their company name to "aikon".................WTF

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 12:52

7. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


weren't they working on some other os with a bunch of other companies? i thought there was a post about that yesterday?

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 16:42

8. rex1213 (Posts: 77; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)


It was the Tizen OS hosted by the Linux Foundation and Nokia is not involved. Samsung is.

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 19:16

9. eko portable (unregistered)


nokia is stupid company,,, i think nokia will get the market again if they want to use android as their os,,,,,,, android is great...but lets see...

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 20:48

10. RVM (unregistered)


wow, u're so simple-minded...

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 00:15

11. tuminatr (Posts: 682; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


I do agree, but Nokia should not make a new OS. Probably cheaper to make both windows phone and android. I think that would be there best move

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 06:47 1

12. DIYguy (Posts: 190; Member since: 27 Feb 2011)


I bet that this is designed for the T-series... great!

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