Is Nokia working on two low-end MeeGo smartphones?

Is Nokia working on two low-end MeeGo smartphones?
Nokia is allegedly working on two low-end MeeGo smartphones to help it with its “Next Billion” strategy, a somewhat puzzling revelation delivered by an industry insider working in a department of the company related directly to the upcoming products.

The “Next Billion” strategy basically boils down to Nokia retaining a leading role in delivering phones on the cheap for the next one billion mobile subscribers, most of which will be in poor developing countries. 

So far, after Nokia announced its Windows Phone future early last year, the company has been divided in two big divisions. The next billion project is mostly served by the Series 40/Asha department, but it seems that Android phones have managed to go down in price enough to threaten the Nokia’s positions in the low-end. The smartphone department where Windows Phone rules supreme can’t come down to the ultra low-end where feature phones lived for a number of reasons like WP not being supported on devices having less than 256MB of RAM.

Symbian is allegedly also not a good fit as it’s now run by another company, Accenture, which seems to have a say in device roadmaps.

Now, in the light of these events we can see how Nokia could be trying to maneuver and find a competitive low-end solution despite the fact that the Nokia N9 was to be the first and last MeeGo handset. 

So this seems to be the logical reasoning behind Nokia looking back at MeeGo. Is this a credible rumor, though? Honestly, we find it hard to judge. Given the dark clouds that have gathered over Nokia, it’s possible that the company looks for extravagant decisions. What’s your say on that?

source: Netbooknews

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15 Comments

1. DIYguy

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 27, 2011

256mb of ram is more than enough... Bodhi linux needs only 90mb and thats a computer os

2. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Interesting

3. flopjoke

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

Low-end Meego phone? I hope they work on a HIGH-end Meego Phone that looks exactly like N9. Nokia N9 almost seems like the perfect device at the moment, but it doesn't exactly run on high-end hardware. Even though it may not be required, a slight amplification in power can remove all those tiny lags in the overall performance of the phone and make it perfect. But then again, it's not gonna happen, since it'll outsell all Lumia devices hands down.

9. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

More like high end... better than windows!

13. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

So True!! 100% Agreed....... :-)

4. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

nokia said meego is dead not maemo may be it is working on maemo 7 or so, maltemi is also in the naming scheme of maemo.

5. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

yea, Meltemi appears to be just another iteration of Maemo. I hope however, it will not be only for low/mid end, but eventually there will be some high-end phone with Meltemi.

6. djripster

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

Or maybe just may an Android smartphone :)

7. Jeromeo

Posts: 135; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

As an N900 owner I can say, "No more useless operating systems which don't run the same apps as iOS, Android, or WP. Seriously." Confusing the poor, the emerging markets, the uneducated, the uninformed, or any other human by offering false hope to buy into a no longer relevant, infrequently updated, back burner, or non-competitive operating system is disgustingly selfish at best. Nokia is struggling to hold on to their last source of revenue, but the 3rd world won't stay blind for much longer. The top 3 greedy, capitalist OS's at least offer modern tools, developer communities, updates, and access to application catalogs/repositories that have the potential to advance and evolve--not keep people behind, incompatible, and unrelatable.

14. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

u r quite wrong..u can play android apps on meeGo

8. AK007

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

Biggest mistake in the Nokia history was the dropping of Maemo . I always why they did that. Having such a functional os which only needed a few tweaks to be outstanding and they drop it just like that. Only Nokia can do that. Wonder how the industry would look like if they followed up with Maemo instead of jumping on windows ship.

10. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Tottally agree!!!

11. MickDM

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

honestly...why does vh write articles on nokia, wp, ms or vzw? ijs...

12. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Honestly! I WANT A MEEGO DEVICE!! GO FOR IT NOKIA!

15. Izzat

Posts: 12; Member since: May 16, 2012

better than buying the problematic lumia's

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