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[3]: Better than nothing but
by zima on Thu 6th Oct 2011 21:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Better than nothing but"
zima
Member since:
2005-07-06

Meego / N9 platform & UI / Swipe doesn't really seem like a failure in itself, when it comes to the abilities necessary to create it. Quickly adapting its technologies shouldn't be too hard... maybe.

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

Maybe something is being lost in translation, but Meego is a failure. It was to be the top tier smartphone platform from Nokia, but they switched to windows because they couldn't bring enough models to market quickly enough. Elop & co might be lying or something, but if he's correct then Meego was a failure and I don't see any reason why any other attempt at creating a different linux phone platform would end differently.

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juzzlin Member since:
2011-05-06

Maybe something is being lost in translation, but Meego is a failure. It was to be the top tier smartphone platform from Nokia, but they switched to windows because they couldn't bring enough models to market quickly enough. Elop & co might be lying or something, but if he's correct then Meego was a failure and I don't see any reason why any other attempt at creating a different linux phone platform would end differently.


Well, at least I don't understand why (technically) they couldn't make multiple MeeGo-models, but can do it with Windows Phone, which is a totally new thing for them.

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RE[5]: Better than nothing but
by zima on Wed 12th Oct 2011 23:52 in reply to "RE[4]: Better than nothing but"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Maybe focusing on different aspects of what makes (or doesn't make) something a failure?

Look at N9, it's (just getting) out there, its Meego works fine, seems to give those who tried it quite positive impressions. It's out there sooner than WinPhone handsets. Heck, they are clearly expanding from the R&D effort on the hardware of N9...
It's apparently quite smooth on non-spectacular hardware, so possibly adapting (in such case, not entirely "other attempt" & "different linux phone platform") its technologies to "lesser" handsets maybe won't create too many obstacles (and you know, the hardware of feature phone models from the same generation often hardly differed)

Meego "internal" state isn't what makes it a failure at this point - more the surrounding / market realities (something which basically makes WinPhone a failure, too, so far - just look at its (non-)adoption)

Yes, a failure at tapping the mind-share of premium "smartphones" ...but this doesn't have to be carried over to the market of inexpensive handsets, which doesn't work the same way; the dynamics in so called "feature phone" class & price range are different.

Edited 2011-10-12 23:55 UTC

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