Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Jun 2012 21:28 UTC, submitted by Radio
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "One of the casualties of Nokia's latest cuts is Meltemi, the company's effort to create a new Linux-based operating system for low-end smartphones. The project was aimed at offering smartphones at prices that neither Android or Windows Phone could easily reach, but also would have required Nokia to try to woo developers for yet another operating system." I've said it before and I'll say it again: it's Elop's job to make Nokia as miserable as possible, so that when Microsoft finally makes its move, it can be seen a saviour rather than a predator. Everything that can be cut has to be cut to dive the price down.
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RE: Its incredible
by boudewijn on Sat 16th Jun 2012 05:53 UTC in reply to "Its incredible"
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I've not only seen the asha line of phones (and yes, they are quite nice for the price), but I've also seen the development tools. It's _j2me_. That is quite horrible.

On the other hand, I also know that you would develop for the meltemi phones with QML. And that is really, really nice. And I know for sure that the first meltemi phones would have been ready for release in September...

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RE[2]: Its incredible
by zima on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 23:20 in reply to "RE: Its incredible"
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On the other hand you, being very into KDE and hence also Qt, might fall under "their baby was amazing and revolutionary"... together with those who shared with you that info.

Release in 3 months? That tends to be close to the lowest timespan limit for Nokia between announcement and release. So maybe not that ready (as so many upcoming phones from Nokia were supposed to be, that later turned out to be a disappointment), and/or particularly for "offering smartphones at prices that Android could not easily reach" - but bringing even more fragmentation and overlapping efforts.

Some cheaper-than-610 Lumias, supposedly in the works, should be ready in comparable time & price spans (without that pesky additional fragmentation). Within the main Nokia strategy, they make more sense... (if that strategy is a right one is another issue)

Yeah, j2me - but, really, users care only that basics are covered (so decent browser, IM & social networking, games... pretty much it; and checking out looks like it comes with a package of decent EA games; and j2me users do get more ). There's also "Series 40 Web Apps" - I guess conceptually not far from QML (and IIRC Nokia was implementing in the past a W3C-standard way of doing such apps)

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