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A screenshot of MeeGo v1.0 for Netbooks.  (Source: MeeGo.com)
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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RE: LOL
By spathotan on 6/27/2010 1:40:54 AM , Rating: 4
And your ignorance gets a 10 here. You flat out just proved his point. You had to hack, jailbreak, mod and whatever other words you can pull out to make it sound special. All that in an attempt to make your iPhone more like an Android/other device.


RE: LOL
By hughlle on 6/27/2010 5:39:23 AM , Rating: 3
exactly. i find it a rather entertaining notion that you have to violate the very design and nature of the iphone (closed controlled system, nothing can go wrong unless apple say so) just to do what android can do straight out of the box.

the reason most iphones look the same is that 95% of iphone owners are tools who want the exterior casing and have probably not got the first idea of what they miss out of in contrast to other handsets and systems. if you're a 16 year old school girl, sure, buy an iphone, at that age, life is about being noticed, be it new tits or a shiny phone. enter into the professional grow up world and you realise that branding aside, you'#ve got yourself some pretty average tech in your hand.


RE: LOL
By erple2 on 6/28/2010 8:42:52 AM , Rating: 2
You're being a bit unfair. Some people like the simplicity of the iPhone interface. Personally, after having used a buddy of mine's iPhone that he's hacked to include themes and different startup apps and customizations that people are talking about, I find the basic interface of the non-jailbroken iPhones refreshing.

I wouldn't say that 95% of people that use an iPhone are tools. But I would say that a non-zero percentage of iPhone users are using it because it's the "cool thing to do". However, welcome to the world of brand imaging.


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