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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"Almost N9 UI, almost Meego" maybe?
by zima on Wed 5th Oct 2011 21:33 UTC
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Hints about Qt on S40 class (price range) of devices were out there for some time now, in answers to "but what about Qt?" at the time of Nokia WinPhone announcement; also a fairly direct (but still avoiding open admission) talk about Qt on the devices "for the next billion" (the way Nokia seems to describe so called "feature phones") of people who will access the internet, at the time of N9 unveiling. Or Nokia claiming the concepts from N9 UI will live on.

And the Swipe interface seems like one of the nicest UIs out there, if not the nicest; great basics and strong group of core apps available probably being more important to most users than 100k+ of fillers. Nokia ruled in their heyday (the days of S30 and earlier S40) also thanks to the perception of "nice and easy" (that's how people openly justified their overwhelming preference for Nokia vs. all the rest, at my place)

Even present S40 devices seem to be getting a new common hardware platform which, as far as "classic" S40 goes, seems ridiculously overpowered; but it might be just largely an exercise of sorts before the upcoming OS shift, and it looks fine for devices in the class of Samsung Star (until very recently, the "fastest 10 million units sold" for Samsung), Corby or LG Cookie - a class which possibly was, in the last few years, chiefly responsible for touchscreens adoption, worldwide.

Maybe Meltemi will turn out even very "almost Meego" - essentially mostly just renamed for contractual reasons, Nokia officially pushing it into sidelines due to how it was possibly tied to Intel? (and/or their "smartphone Atom" which doesn't seem to be going anywhere). But, in reality, mostly relegating it to mass-market devices ...something I wouldn't mind at all, with their low prices - and likely with enough functionality, there ought to be some overlap in:

Windows phones will occupy the budget smartphone segment, not Linux



Very, very maybe (considering how it went recently with Nokia & plans... NVM trying to guess them)

Edited 2011-10-05 21:35 UTC

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