FLOUNDERING PHONE MAKER Nokia has finally decided to load the Linux based Meego operating system onto its high end N-series smartphones.
Nokia has been unable to mount a sustained attack on Apple's Iphone since its inception in 2007. Punters are flocking towards the alternatives, with the firm posting declines in its market share. For the company that has been on top of the handset pile for decades, the pressure is on as it defends itself on multiple fronts.
Yesterday Google VP Andy Rubin said that his firm is now activating an astonishing 160,000 Android phones a day and that the Android Market has swelled to 70,000 applications. Just about every major handset manufacturer, except for Nokia, has released devices that run the open source operating system. While the market share of Android devices is currently low, the growth of Android takeup is overshadowing that of its rivals.
All this makes Nokia's decision to load its open source, Linux based Meego operating system less than surprising. Meego was announced at Mobile World Congress and was the fruit of a merger between Nokia's Maemo and Intel's Moblin operating systems.
Speaking to Reuters, a Nokia spokesperson said "Going forward, N-series devices will be based on MeeGo." That's great news for those who have yet to purchase a Nokia phone, but those who have already splashed out the cash for one are likely to feel lumbered with the aging Symbian operating system.
It is unclear whether Nokia will dish out upgrades to existing N-series users, and especially in the case of the N8, which the firm demonstrated to The INQUIRER only 10 days ago running a Symbian operating system. The change might also spell trouble for application developers that publish on Nokia's Ovi Store, as they will have to ascertain inter-operability between Symbian and Meego.
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