More news from the increasingly precariously stacked house of cards that is Nokia: a year after committing itself to a new OS, it's decided to abandon the idea and stick with what it's got.
Sadly, though (well, for some anyway), it isn't Windows Phone that's getting the boot but rather Meltemi, the Linux-based platform for low-end devices that Nokia never actually got around to making official in the first place.
We first came across the Meltemi name about a year ago now when Nokia CEO Stephen Elop reportedly told disgruntled staff who had been working on the abandoned MeeGo platform that opportunities would open up for them “within the Meltemi organisation”.
The project never seemed to exist as anything more than a rumour, but that didn't stop the Wall Street Journal from blowing the story wide open back in September, confirming that the company was “shifting its programming efforts toward creating software for its low-end phones”.
And then came... nothing at all – or not until this week, anyway when Elop confirmed that the OS had been shelved, though he managed to do so without confirming it had existed in any tangible form in the first place, even refusing to speak its name out loud.
Talking to journalists on the back of the announcement that around 10,000 Nokia staff would be cut by the end of next year, Elop refused to be drawn even when asked directly about the project by name: “We’ve never publicly used the term [Meltemi] than you mentioned, so we don’t have any specific comments a specific engineering effort, although it is the case that we have cancelled certain specific engineering projects as part of our changes.”
Make of that what you will, but the upshot is that it seems we won't get to feel the strong, dry winds of the Aegean Sea after all.