Nokia, the world’s largest mobile phone maker by volume, is on the works for a low-end, Linux-based operating system (OS) called Meltemi.
The Wall Street Journal said that the Finnish phone giant’s initiative is in line with the company’s straightforward decision to let go of its high-end MeeGo OS, which powers the recently released N9 – apparently the first and last handset to use the software.
The company has ditched Meego OS for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 as high-end smartphone software of choice and will expectedly release the partnership’s first product/s within this year.
Nokia has yet to announce, if not confirm, the information received by WSJ from sources allegedly familiar with the matter, claiming that the Nokia EVP for mobile phones, Mary McDowell, is leading the development of Meltemi.
With rivals slicing much of its share on high-end mobile devices, Nokia may be leveraging on its dominant position in the low-end segment to boost shares in developing markets using Meltemi.
Unfortunately, Nokia is way behind schedule on its WP7 offering as competitors, including main rivals Samsung and HTC, now use the Mango update released by Microsoft.