View Full Version : Meltemi - Linux-based OS developed by Nokia for low-cost smartphones (less than $100)

September 30th, 2011, 05:09 PM
IDG News Service - Nokia has underlined the importance of low-cost smartphones and now it appears that the company is developing a Linux-based OS for smartphones that will cost less than $100 without subsidies.

The new OS is code-named "Meltemi," and the project is being led by Mary McDowell, Nokia's executive vice president in charge of mobile phones, according to sources familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9220421/Nokia_readies_Linux_OS_for_low_end_smartphones

Nokia Corp., having abandoned its ambition to develop a high-end operating system, is shifting its programming efforts toward creating software for its low-end phones, according to people familiar with the matter.
The project is a Linux-based operating system code-named Meltemi, the Greek word for dry summer winds that blow across the Aegean Sea from the north. It is being led by Mary McDowell, the handset maker's executive vice president in charge of mobile phones, these people say.http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203405504576599011587667984.html?m od=WSJ_Tech_LEFTTopNews

Is Nokia a little too little and a little too late, with it's marriage to Microsoft and not adopting Android or do they have a niche market that is open to fill with a low-cost Linux-based OS Smartphone?

September 30th, 2011, 06:38 PM
Pretty cool. It still sucks that they ditched Meego and went to Windows Phone 7.