Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Oct 2011 20:38 UTC, submitted by lucas_maximus
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Sources tell us that Nokia is developing a Linux-based replacement for its S40 phones, called Meltemi. The news was leaked, accurately, by the Wall Street Journal last week. Now we can confirm it. The thinking is that a Linux-based replacement for S40 will allow developers to tap into proven development tools - and Qt. The April memo referred to Meltemi as a platform for 'rich Featurephones' and stated that development will be centered in Ulm, Germany. There's no U-turn, however. Meltemi had been long-been touted as a richer successor to S40. Windows phones will occupy the budget smartphone segment, not Linux."
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Linux on current S40 hardware ?
by Neolander on Wed 5th Oct 2011 21:16 UTC
Neolander
Member since:
2010-03-08

"And so, the mobile market reached a point where getting a smooth GUI or a day of moderate use out of a cellphone with a full battery was a thing for rich peoples only."

--Tomorrow's tech history books ?

Edited 2011-10-05 21:21 UTC

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Not necessarily. Look at the specs of this recent S40 device http://www.developer.nokia.com/Devices/Device_specifications/C3-01_... - (General) CPU Clock Rate 1.0 GHz, (Memory Functions) RAM Memory 128 MB; slightly pointless. Especially if you look at the very same phone in a "non-shiny" version released a year ago: http://www.developer.nokia.com/Devices/Device_specifications/C3-01/ (CPU Clock Rate 680 MHz, RAM Memory 64 MB)

Specs of the later version are getting near the range of what "streamlined Meego"(?) would probably need to be decently comfortable. Plus, changing them like that doesn't make much sense, maybe it's for training? ;) (switching production and supply lines, generally)

And then, Linux was used for example on some RAZR-era Motorola handsets (very "feature phones"); Linux in itself doesn't seem to be a problem.

Edited 2011-10-05 22:02 UTC

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Maybe I'm paranoid then. It just seems to me that every current Linux- or BSD-based mobile OS requires monster hardware to run smoothly and has terrible power consumption, as compared to how the tightly-optimized RTOSes and microkernels-based platforms that are seen on feature phones and older smartphones can perform.

Edited 2011-10-05 22:05 UTC

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