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."
Thread beginning with comment 492133
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Better than nothing but
by Silent_Seer on Thu 6th Oct 2011 12:25 UTC
Silent_Seer
Member since:
2007-04-06

Expect a locked down bootloader, no multitasking of third party apps, no GPU, probably an ARM11 based SoC. In other words nothing much different from current Linux based featurephones (eg LiMo phones, older Motorola EZX platform etc).

On the other hand, the Swipe based UI and ability to run third party Qt apps besides Java are great. Enough for a revolution at low end. Let's see if they dump it at the last moment or something fearing it would 'harm' their WP7 phones. It's nothing new for Nokia, what with the current management in charge.

Reply Score: 3

RE: Better than nothing but
by fran on Thu 6th Oct 2011 14:06 in reply to "Better than nothing but"
fran Member since:
2010-08-06

And if push comes to shove and Nokia's other endeavours fail they can just ramp up the Meltimi UI a bit for the full smart phone experience while maintaining app compatibility.

Reply Parent Score: 5

Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Given Nokia's Meego failure, I wouldn't automatically assume that the could create a decent linux smart-phone platform quickly. I'd be surprised if they could get this Linux feature phone platform off the ground.

Reply Parent Score: 1