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Nokia May Turn to Linux in High-End Handsets

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Dec 3, 2008, 6:08 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Speaking to Reuters, Ukko Lappalainen, vice president at Nokia's markets unit, said that the company is considering the use of open-source Linux in future handsets. Nokia already uses maemo Linux in its N Series Internet tablet devices, and suggested that it would use maemo rather than Google's Android platform. Lappalainen said that it would use Linux in its high-end phones.


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Dec 3, 2008, 7:25 PM

'Bout Freakin TIME!

Seriously - they had the 7710, then moved away from phones with the 770, meanwhile, Maemo became quite a popular little platform, if drastically limited in the devices it could be used on.

Nokia missed out on a huge opportunity by not putting a GSM/HSPA radio chip in the N800 & N810 and releasing that as an immediate competitor to the iPhone. With a small but hardcore developer group, the Maemo phone could have (and could still) had an immediate open source equivalent to nearly all iPhone apps & features.

Now, of course, there's Android, so I don't know if Maemo could actually take off as a mobile phone platform, but I'm all for Nokia trying.
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