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A screenshot of MeeGo v1.0 for Netbooks.  (Source:
Another Linux-based open source OS will run on all of Nokia's flagship phones

In what appears to be somewhat of a turnaround for Nokia, the world's No. 1 mobile phone manufacturer announced that it is scrapping its ubiquitous Symbian OS on all future N-series models. Instead, its flagship phones will run MeeGo, a combination of two Linux-based platforms: Nokia's Maemo and Intel's Moblin.

The forthcoming N8 will be the last N-series phone to run Symbian, though the OS will still be featured on Nokia's feature phones and lower-end devices, according to CNET.

"The confirmation that MeeGo will be used for the next flagship N-series device shows Nokia is betting the ranch on this platform to beat high-end rivals such as Apple's iPhone," a researcher at British consultancy CCS Insight told Reuters.

The spiking of Symbian looks like an admission from Nokia of the operating system's failure to compete against the increasingly popular Android OS and Apple's iOS, which are both geared towards customization and additional applications for a user experience more akin to a personal computer. Symbian, on the other hand, was first-and-foremost a mobile phone OS. Like Android and Palm's webOS, MeeGo follows the growing trend of Linux-based smartphone software. 

Announced by Intel and Nokia in February, MeeGo is set to power a number of consumer electronics, from netbooks and tablets, to smartphones and connected TVs. An early version of MeeGo for Netbooks was released last month. Here's the list of the features that it includes, from the MeeGo website:

The MeeGo Netbook User Experience includes:

Visually rich Netbook user experience, building on the latest open source technologies.

Instant access to your synchronized calendar, tasks, appointments, recently used files and real-time social networking updates through the home screen.

Aggregation of your social networking content. This allows you to see your social networking activities on one screen, easily interact with your friends, and update your status and site information.

For a fast and rich Internet experience the MeeGo Netbook user experience integrates Google Chrome or, if you prefer a fully open source browser solution, Google Chromium is also provided. Soon we will be releasing the MeeGo Handset user experience which will use the Fennec Mozilla Browser.

Easy to use applications for email, calendar and media player.

Highly optimized for power and performance.

Languages: Japanese, Korean, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Swedish, Polish, Finnish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Dutch, English, British English

The MeeGo v1.0 Core Software Platform Features include:

Kernel based on 2.6.33

DeviceKit and udev for interacting with hardware devices

Modern 2D / 3D graphics stack including Kernel Mode Setting, non-root X

Voice and data connectivity with Connman connection manager, Ofono telephony stack and BlueZ Bluetooth

Qt 4.6

Universal Plug and Play (gUPnP)

Media frameworks

Next generation file system BTRFS, as the default file system

Early reviews of the OS, like this one from ExtremeTech, have noted its ease-of-use as well as its kid-friendly design. "MeeGo v1.0 for Netbooks shows the potential is there to make anything into whimsical, colorful, and nonthreatening entry point to the Internet," ExtremeTech concludes.

A pre-Alpha version of the MeeGo's mobile version is set to release June 30, with October as the target date for a full release.

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N-Series aren't the only Nokia smartphones
By Penti on 6/26/2010 5:13:20 PM , Rating: 2
Nokia N-series aren't the only Nokia Smart phones. You will still have the C-series, probably X-series and high-end business smartphones of E-series.

Can Samsung pull off Custom OS on realtime kernel, Android, Windows Mobile/Phone and Bada and Symbian too I'm sure Nokia which sells twice as many phones (450 million or so) can have a successful strategy based on S40, S60/Symbian^3 and MeeGo. Symbian will and have already started to move down in cheaper devices and it makes a lot of sense there. I'm expecting Symbian to take over the role of S40 and the various S60 variants. That should be a couple of hundred million phones. I'm sure high-end phones will still have it. Especially the business line. Also a lot of consumer phones. It's fine for what they use their phones to, you have streaming music with Spotify and Pandora and multitasking there already. Browsing and Email is no problem. It actually turns Symbian into a wider platform. Ditching their proprietary platform.

Not sure what they do over there in Japan regarding Symbian phones but I think Sharp, Fujitsu, S-E Japan, Mitsubishi etc still releases Symbian phones (Symbian^3 on the way) and NTT DoCoMo is still involved with Symbian Foundation. Does still releases up to date Symbian phones too. Might remind people too that Symbian now also support Qt toolkit, same framework as MeeGo uses. Porting should be easy between devices. Which gives them a very unified environment for their devices and should service them well. They also have the WRT Web Runtime in Symbian and MeeGo. A very simple software platform to work with. At least if you compare with Samsungs offerings. So apps that is not Symbian C++ / native Symbian specific should run on both platforms with minimal development. Java should run on both too.

By themaster08 on 6/27/2010 1:55:23 AM , Rating: 2
Symbian will and have already started to move down in cheaper devices and it makes a lot of sense there. I'm expecting Symbian to take over the role of S40 and the various S60 variants. That should be a couple of hundred million phones. I'm sure high-end phones will still have it. Especially the business line.
Precisely. It's a simple and cost effective solution.

S40 will still be used in low-end devices, allowing them to get the job done without the price tag.

S60 will be used in mid-range devices, also allowing them to be cost effective since the OS has already been developed and can run on mediocre hardware. However with the OS being mature they will enjoy the current library of software plus future development. Now that S60 has had a facelift it makes the OS the perfect choice for capable smartphones without the ludicrous pricetag.

MeeGo will be used in high-end devices, allowing them to be more advanced than ever, with the use of the best hardware in a market where cost is less of an issue.

Yet again, Nokia is catering to everybody, not just a certain market segment. That's something Nokia have always done, and always done well. That's why they are, and always will be the market leader in mobile technology.

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