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

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: 

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



1. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Yeaaaah! bbye symbian!!! Windows Phone and Meltemi for the win! Meltemi should be meego like since it's linux. Nokia Rise!

2. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

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

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'.

4. Eingild

Posts: 203; Member since: Apr 19, 2011

Too many Operating Systems

5. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Not exciting

6. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

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

7. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

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

8. rex1213

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

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

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...

10. RVM unregistered

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

11. tuminatr

Posts: 1144; Member since: Feb 23, 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

12. DIYguy

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 27, 2011

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

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