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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RE: qt developers
by BrianH on Wed 5th Oct 2011 23:16 UTC in reply to "qt developers"
BrianH
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2005-07-06

On featurephones the apps are developed by the carriers, not by third parties. That's the difference between featurephones and smartphones: No installable apps on featurephones, just built-in stuff.

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RE[2]: qt developers
by kragil on Wed 5th Oct 2011 23:39 in reply to "RE: qt developers"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Well, there is no real definition and real feature phones are probably dead in the long run .. so really cheap phones are also likely to gain the ability to install apps (most of them can now, but mostly just java apps)

In the future the differentians will be more on price.
Theoretically you just need this hardware for a great and smooth smartphone OS:
SOC with 500 Mhz and 128 mb RAM and 1 GB of storage.
Those specs might be way above what S40 has now on average, but 2014 it will be low end.

Not having a VM like Android and Windows Mobile Phone 7.5 Series Phones helps a lot with reducing requirements.
Linux + KMS + Wayland + Qt5 could be fairly lightweight.

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RE[3]: qt developers
by zima on Thu 6th Oct 2011 21:22 in reply to "RE[2]: qt developers"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

If the UI is "all Qt" it might even be Qt Embedded, even more lightweight.

(and check my other post nearby, linking to some recent S40 handsets which already have comparable - or even sort of better - hardware than what you list)

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RE[2]: qt developers
by Neolander on Thu 6th Oct 2011 05:58 in reply to "RE: qt developers"
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2010-03-08

What about Opera Mini and some other user-installable J2ME apps that can be found on the internet ?

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RE[3]: qt developers
by fran on Thu 6th Oct 2011 09:14 in reply to "RE[2]: qt developers"
fran Member since:
2010-08-06

Yes..you have many Java apps.
i guess ovistore apps will also run.

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RE[2]: qt developers
by zima on Thu 6th Oct 2011 21:15 in reply to "RE: qt developers"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

So how come iPhone was called a smartphone during its first year, but not the phones on Nokia S40 (only the most widespread mobile platform on the planet, has many 3rd party j2me apps and "appstores") or Sony Ericsson A200 platform? (this one even has full multitasking of j2me apps)

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RE[3]: qt developers
by Neolander on Fri 7th Oct 2011 06:58 in reply to "RE[2]: qt developers"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Smartphones are a very fuzzy concept. Many people feel like they know what it is, but cannot actually write a proper definition.

Best definition I had seen in the past (which still doesn't match the iPhone 2G) was that third parties could write software in native code, as opposed to device-agnostic J2ME code. Then Android and WP7 came out. So now, I guess it's rather about native APIs. If your main API is not proprietary, then we're not talking about smartphones... Or something like that.

Edited 2011-10-07 07:00 UTC

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