Admittedly the headline above might be a little misleading. It should perhaps read: Nokia developing new Linux-based OS for low-end phones. But that headline isn’t quite as eye-poppingly mental.
Anyway, yes, Nokia is said to be beavering away on a new Linux-based mobile operating system for its cheapola range. It’s called Meltemi.
So, having a) outsourced Symbian, b) turned its back on MeeGo, and c) focused its sights on Windows Phone 7, Nokia has decided it’s fine time to start baking another OS pie. Well, I suppose the low-end is an entirely different game, so maybe it’s not quite such a crazy idea.
According to a Tweet by everyone’s favourite blogger/author/reviewer/rumour-monger, Eldar Murtazin, Meltemi will adopt the same UI as Maemo. Again, we’ll give Nokia the benefit of the doubt and assume it knows best. Ahem.
And what the hell does “Meltemi” mean anyway? Sounds like the Japanese take on a toasted sandwich, or perhaps an Italian virtuoso circa Mozart, but apparently it refers to the strong, dry winds of the Aegean Sea. Wow.
via: Wall Street Journal