Nokia had a working Meltemi prototype with the mobile OS that never was, here's how it looked like

Remember Meltemi, Nokia's next mobile OS that never was? It turns out that the system had been developed with a working prototype, and this same phone has now leaked out for the history-curious out there.

After dumping its MeeGo operating system, which looked surprisingly good on the Nokia N9, Nokia went up for another decision - working on its own Linux-based OS under the Meltemi codename, this time for low-end phones. For Nokia at the time, this meant some more versatility for its cheaper phones as the company had already committed to a partnership with Microsoft, tying it with Windows Phone for the high-end handsets. 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.

In any case, Nokia never even mentioned the name of the platform officially, but shortly after its conception, sources confirmed that Meltemi was ditched, even though elements of the platform might have made it in other Nokia projects. Nokia allegedly nixed Meltemi in one of its huge restructuring efforts, and all that we are left with from the Nokia mobile OS that never was, is the prototype you see in the pictures here.

source: Softpedia

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43 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

MeeGo was the best!

4. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

Beat me to it!! :/

13. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Killed by Stephen flop

16. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Killed by Nokia. I knew you would come into this thread and blame Elop. Shall we go to school once more and show how Nokia as far back as 05 where the MeeGo project was then known as OSSO was already causing strife between competing teams. Or how Nokia was using poor subcontractors in both parts and coding, resulting in more stress, money, loss and delays? By the way this was in 07/08 before your precious scapegoat of a unicorn Elop was on the scene.

21. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

That's very interesitng and all, but it's missing the big picture kind of view... The fact, that there were many growing pains, when developing a system, doesn't change the fact, that it was Eflop, that killed it... Alongside with almost every piece of software Nokia created, making it a perfect dish for MS.

28. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Elop didn't kill it. An internal team of dozens of Nokia employee's and outside analysts killed it. Not to mention when Elop came aboard, Nokia did not have a single MeeGo device could be shown that would have been ready for the holiday of 2010, to either the board of directors and Elop. So who killed who? Your knew CEO shows up and you say, sorry boss, after 5yrs we don't have a phone ready for the holidays. Oh by the way, LTE wont be ready when others come along, oh crap forgot to mention, our internal teams are screwing each other, our tools are bad, we have scrapped and restarted, used bad subcontractors, and its just a mess. But don't worry, we got this.... Yea Elop came into a bed of roses, after all they let go the previous CEO because the bed of Roses was so awesome they figured Elop would come in and spread the awesome sauce. Oh wait...he came to fix a mess.

35. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

I'm not sure which holidays You're refering to. For Christmas 2010, there was Nokia N8, for spring break 2011 there was Nokia E7, for summer 2011 there was nokia N9. For Christmas 2011, there was first Elop device. Design copied one-to-one from N9, and s**tty, underdevolopped WP7 on Lumia 800. So yeah - first holidays without decend flagship, was thanks to Eflop. But You're raight he was invited to fix a mess, and give new direction to the company. That's why people at Nokia trusted, that his way of killing things was right. Today we can say with absolute certainty, that it wasn't.

39. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

And without his direction where would they have gone? No LTE for a few years...destroyed by the competition. Completing on a platform that was just as inferior as windows phone but windows phone required none of the issues that their own internal OS had, time and money. The N8 was not a MeeGo phone. That was the point, and was the point in my post. Re-read it. Nokia-developers/engineers/softwareguys etc did not have a single Meego Device to show the Board and their NEW Ceo, a MeeGo phone that was ready for the holiday of 2010. The N8 was nice, it was what continued with the windows line, offer a great camera so-so OS at the time. However it freed nokia from having to code an OS, though they could have gone android. Also as board they could have fired Elop the moment he suggested Windows Phone, they didn't.

44. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

"And without his direction where would they have gone?" - We will never know. All that we know, that Elop direction was a fiasco. So the MeeGo wasn't ready for holiday 2010. So what? They had Symbian device. Maemo/MeeGo team was never prior to Symbian team. Nokia treated Maemo/MeeGo as a long term research and development plan. Yet MeeGo was ready before Windows. "Also as board they could have fired Elop the moment he suggested Windows Phone, they didn't." - Now You didn't understand my post. They didn't expect bad intentions from Elop, so they trusted that what he did was right. Now - from this point - it's clear that he was leading Nokia into MS jaws.

25. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

"elitewolverine" why do you constantly say sh!t every time and all the time ? Let me let me teach you an important lesson for your general knowledge. The reality is that you are in the past, when Floppy came to the commands he did everything to keep Nokia in the dust, and maintaining the Failing Platform witch is Windows Phone. The previous projects on witch tons of money where spent to develop them, Meltemi, he ditched them to destroy Nokia, instead of better organizing the situation. Please read, as I suppose this is really not your ability : "After dumping its MeeGo operating system, which looked surprisingly good on the Nokia N9, Nokia went up for another decision - working on its own Linux-based OS under the Meltemi codename, this time for low-end phones." And who was in Nokia's command at the time ? Mr. Flop. I know you have a reality distortion field, but please keep it away for this situation.

29. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Read what? What did you post that we didn't already know? What did you teach? What important lesson have you brought forth? Thinking Elop was a one man band? Seriously are you that clueless to the real situation Nokia was in? Elop could have killed the N9 before it even got started. After all the N9 was originally being developed as early back as 09' before Elop. Yet it was scrapped. "However, mix-ups and delays in the development of the Harmattan UI, Columbus was delayed from the original release schedule. The release was cancelled in the end of 2009, when the development of the Simple Dali UI was started for a new device codenamed Dali." Harmattan UI is the UI that the N9 uses. Dali then came to bear, in 2010. Remember Elop was new still, nothing he had done yet would kill a device in progress as early as 2007. But by the time Dali was actually ready, it was deemed obsolete in all areas. So it was instead released at the same time as the N9 as a dev only what if device. By the time the N9 was finished, Elop and the board had seen enough, signed a contract with Windows phone and the rest is history. You have taught no one anything, other than you thinking Elop had all the power in the world. That he came onboard to a company doing so awesome that their previous CEO was like out of here, and all Elop had to do was smile. When in reality, LTE was years away if they would have stuck with Maemo/Meego, and not a single Meego device was ready for winter of 2010. Can you read is the better question, well I am sure you can, though comprehension on the other hand...

33. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

All your arguments are totally D E S T R O Y E D and integrally by the Simple Fact that the low quality, low end Windows Phone OS has 1% market share almost in 2015. All what you said is totally non sense and silly by the fact that you ignore today in what situation we are in. So once again, you just hate and hate again, and again, and again, and again, just to defend your Very Personal Pleasure Provider (and God knows in what sense), that the strategy was and IS STILL a big failure, and with all the years to back fire that they had : from the year Flop (or your VPPP) came to the power to the day Flop came back to M$. Hater, go away.

40. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Its actually 3%+, so....yea, sorry but even your facts are horrible.

43. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

And saying this just shows that you are a Micro$oft s**boy (oh lol 1% to 3% !!!!!) and you still don't have reason with your 3%.

15. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I dont know about best, but it was sure a contender. Nokia was it's own worst enemy when it came to MeeGo. Before MeeGo it was Maemo. And the internal politics between symbian and Maemo's own internal coding issues lead to many delays. I for one was so hopeful for Maemo/MeeGo back in the day.

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Sorry Nokia, that time is the era of iPhone 4/4s and galaxy s2, you have no chance to survive, but anyway a good try

12. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

"HugoBarraCyanogenmod", seeing how you are ignorant, I will teach to you one or two lessons. If it was the "era" of the "galaxy s2", its exactly because Nokia was not on the market and was completely being Flopped with the burning Windows Phone platform. Its BECAUSE Nokia had Flop that the "galaxy s2" was a, pretty low anyway, success, and not the contrary. Just read again the article. With small marketing, the N9 had blow the "galaxy s2".

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Ill just rewrite this again. Since you too want to blame Elop and not Nokia and it's own problems. Killed by Nokia. Nokia as far back as 05 where the MeeGo project was then known as OSSO was already causing strife between competing teams (symbian). Or how Nokia was using poor subcontractors in both parts and coding, resulting in more stress, money, loss, and delays? By the way this was in 07/08 before Elops haters come her to whine without actual any evidence on the contrary. We could point to actual articles from actual developers of Maemo/Osso/MeeGo, but that wouldnt change for people like you who want to blame 1 person and not the hundreds that caused its fall.

22. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

blah blah blah and yet n9 was released. even though elop killed it but still it managed to sell around 5m unit. if meego is good then it is good no matter what conflict are there, so you want to tell me if sundai and other google executive disagree on something and cause internal conflict then android is bad? nokia in 2011 set standard by sell more than 400m phones, nokia have factories, resources, and everything to produce meego, wp and android together. same design could be used and put varianty of os for consumer to choose like n9 and lumia 800.

30. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

YES! If those internal strife's cause you to, delay code, put out a 'phone' with no dialing ability, go with crappy contractors, delay and delay, restart, screw code over yet again, and in the end have nothing to show for it...then the answer is YES. Imagine if google took 5 years to release from android 1.0, to 2.1. And in the process, the code for 1.0 couldn't be used, was scrapped, phones inferior, coding changed, UI's killed and redone to the point developers was like "uhh no"...do you think android would have gotten praise? Hell NO.

32. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Again this "elitewolverine". Why you come here to say all your non sense. We are on a Nokia news, for Nokia lovers, not big haters hating that their Windows Phone Failing Platform is game overed by an OS that is not on the market any more. Move away please !

38. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Again this "jaundante". Oh poor poor poster, i responded to a ill fated attempt and blaiming the downfall of Nokia by one man. If you honestly, think that, nothing you say ever will prove a hint of intelligence. Read below, link provided. REAL employees talking about REAL problems BEFORE Elop. I know people with your capacity have a hard time with real facts, its ok, the internet has your back. Just know that history has owned you, not "elitewolverine" but history.

41. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

mr. lowmanwolverine. If not even a poo can understand what you say its because what you say is even more foolish than poo witch is, if you understand, specially sole on a such simple website. Your Flop or your VPPP is the voice of the company. And if you are so much intelligent what everyone doubts, you should know that Flop, in other to prevent any backslash from the board, did an exclusive deal with Micro$hit in order to prevent any modification in his trojan mission. You know that Micro$hit and Flop forced Nokia to stick with the Failing Windows Phone Platform on more than 2 years. Its exactly why Flop, almost at the end of the contract, just sell Nokia at a bargain price because he knew no one would be enough fool to make a new deal with Micro$hit. mr. lowmanwolverine. Use your brain to know that there is a board, but there is ONE man to make a choice. And if this ONE is enough of a trojan, he used contracts and all sort of techniques to lock Nokia to make the company Fail in the hands of Micro$hit. mr. lowmanwolverine. Its very sad from your part to support those things and its why, just by the definition of what you support, you will just never be taken seriously.

14. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Read the news before bitching around Mr. Ignorant This OS was supposed to be a substitution for S40 feature phones

3. kurama.

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 13, 2014

Meego was owesome man I wish they would n the future

5. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

king nokia: melt-em-i-OS, melt em all!! (excerpt from mad king's (raegar targaryen) last words "burn them, burn them all" of game of thrones targaryens lost the throne, but an heiress is gathering it's forces to take them back. :D nokia will to, but it's just my imagination. so chill. :D

7. totally_rad

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

meltemi actually is the "summer breeze" in greek.

9. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

thanks for that info. :)

20. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

Ah, Meltemi steady 5-7B Northern wind. It makes sailing on Aegan See so much fun. I abolutely, love it, although I had a lot of stress, because of it.

10. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

its* ...

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