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Nokia buys feature phone software maker

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Nokia buys feature phone software maker
Nokia purchased Norway-based feature phone software developing company Smarterphone AS in November 2011, but the deal surfaced only now. The Norwegian company is known for developing Smarterphone OS - its own operating system for feature phones. Its platform has been used on only a few devices like the Kyocera C4700 and the Vibo T588. 

The Vibo T588 with Smarterphone OS.

The Vibo T588 with Smarterphone OS.

The focus of the company has been to deliver smartphone-like experience on feature phones.

It’s not fully clear what part of Smarterphone Nokia will leverage into its business, but it’s possible that its insight could be used to make Series 40 phones even better. 

Nokia is also working on its own Linux-based operating system for affordable devices - Meltemi, and helping develop that could be another reason for the acquisition.

source: Phonescoop

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posted on 06 Jan 2012, 09:06 1

1. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

they can add something to belle too...just saying

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 09:25

2. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

how can they be doing this while Microsoft are talking about nokia acquisition

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 09:37 3

3. Martine (Posts: 102; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

Nokia, the king of feature phones! LOL

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 10:52

4. vijaysivakula (Posts: 224; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)

Acquisitions like this will boost the market value of Nokia. When they sell this to Microsoft they will be able to demand a higher price giving more to the board and everyone else with esops. Show higher value before sales and con the buyer.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 11:43 1

5. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Well let's see how this will evolve

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