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Device will be seen at Nokia World next week

The smartphone market is very hot right now with some of the most popular devices selling very well despite the poor economy. Nokia is struggling to compete in the high-end market and is looking to a new operating system to help it get ahead of the competition.

Reuters reports that Nokia will try to fight Apple and RIM in the high-end market by unveiling a new device that runs on the Maemo flavor of Linux. Nokia is expected to debut its first Maemo-powered device at Nokia World in Germany next week. Nokia isn’t new to Linux as an operating system and has offered versions of Linux on its internet tablets before, but so far, Nokia devices with Linux haven't hit a chord with consumers.

Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Mawston said, "It looks like Maemo, or at least a Linux derivative of some description, will play a key role for Nokia in high-end (products) over the next year or two."

Nokia points out that it will not be abandoning Symbian, its OS of choice for smartphones and other devices. It will be moving Symbian extensively into the lower end of the handset market and high-end devices will presumably rely on Maemo. Maemo will be a direct competitor to Windows Mobile as well. Microsoft and Nokia recently announced an agreement that will see Symbian devices get support for Microsoft Office.

Nokia is fighting to gain its market share back as its hold on the mobile phone market is eroding at faster than the industry average. The firm has seen its share of the handset market for phones over $350 decline to 13% this year from 33% two years ago.

Nokia's Kai Oistamo told Reuters, "Maemo is taking the desktop Linux environment and making it mobile. We have proven it really can be made, you can take desktop Linux and make it work on mobile."



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looking good for maemo
By R3MF on 8/26/2009 12:22:39 PM , Rating: 2
The design is classy
The hardware is on a par with the iphone and palm-pre
The storage is unrivalled

And most importantly it runs a thoroughly modern, open, and extensible linux distribution

I want one.




RE: looking good for maemo
By FITCamaro on 8/26/2009 12:44:05 PM , Rating: 2
I like the look of it. Question is will it be on Verizon.


RE: looking good for maemo
By Omega215D on 8/27/2009 3:29:29 AM , Rating: 2
Probably not as most if not all Nokia smartphones are GSM only due to it being global standard (CDMA is also widespread throughout the world but not as much). They could put in the CDMA/ GSM chipset but then there'll be licensing fees from Qualcomm.


See a preview here.
By sprockkets on 8/26/2009 3:12:21 PM , Rating: 2
http://www.mobile-review.com/review/nokia-rx51-n90...

I doubt though it will work on any 3G network here and will only be sold unlocked, but I wouldn't buy any phone of this caliber locked with proprietary carrier crap anyhow.




RE: See a preview here.
By phillipn on 8/27/2009 4:38:35 AM , Rating: 2
If you're from the US you can get this through T-Mobile. The article writer is kinda slow at getting information. The Nokia N900 "Rover" has already passed FCC and has been confirmed to be using AWS 1700 frequency for HSDPA and HSUPA. I don't know if the writer of the article knows this.. but umm yeah Nokia has the largest market share of phones in the world. The "high end" market has been dominated by Nokia for the past 5+ years with the N Series. The only thing that Nokia doesn't have majority marketshare over is "smartphones". Sorry but the iphone and blackberry aren't considered "high end" phones. Not by the standard the rest of the world.. maybe in the US they're considered high end.


apps
By xsilver on 8/26/2009 10:04:07 PM , Rating: 2
what kind of apps can one expect on this platform? do standard linux apps run? Wasnt one of the key ideas behind the success of the iphone the apps store?




RE: apps
By sprockkets on 8/27/2009 3:23:40 AM , Rating: 2
It has an app store from Nokia called Ovi. It's already up and running for Symbian phones and is in the screen shots of the article I quoted.

Actually it is more like the app store plus mobile me or whatever.

http://www.ovi.com/services/


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