By Stephen Schenck | September 7, 2011 5:00 PM
Maybe the greatest casualty of Nokia’s decision to go full-blown Windows Phone with its future smartphones is the MeeGo operating system. Symbian still has a few good years left, but MeeGo never really got the chance it needed. The Nokia N9 could have been a great launching point to bring the platform into the public eye, but Nokia’s announcement that the N9 will not only be its first real MeeGo release, but also its last, paints a bleak picture for the system’s future. Could it have one, though, in the hands of another company?
Recent rumors have argued that Intel, the other half of the MeeGo partnership, would also be dropping support for the platform. In the face of this total abandonment, a new report suggests that Samsung may be the player to step in and pick up the MeeGo reigns.
This report cites “tech industry sources” as the basis for these rumors. Samsung might be interested in such a venture due to its recent Android-related patent troubles, or it might be thinking of bringing in a new codebase to either replace or integrate with Bada.
So far, we’re not aware of the company’s response to this report, but even if accurate, it likely wouldn’t have anything to say until the deal was done.