Symbian Death Nearing? Nokia to Jump Ship to Maemo?

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After a Samsung executive told reporters that the company will not support Symbian, leading the Korean manufacturer to quickly issue a retraction, it looks like things are actually not so rosy with the Nokia-led platform that has turned open source recently. The Maemo operating system marketing team was a biut loose-lipped at a recent Nokia N900 London event and told attendees that Nokia would make a shift from S60 to Maemo.

Maemo is still an amerging platform which is based on Linux, and offers a great user experience. However, at this point, the lack of Nokia services, applications, and the growing bug list have made the platform more of an enthusiast’s choise due to its Linux customizability.

The strategy for Nokis is then to sell its flagship N series devices with both operating systems and have an N series S60 and N series Maemo devices for prosumers and consumers. The complete transition is speculated to be completed by 2012.

All these rumors should be taken with a grain of salt as it does not originate from Nokia, rather from a marketing person behind the Maemo team from Nokia, who may be partial to his platform.

(via: Engadget Mobile)

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