Nokia to install Linux on new smartphone

16:49, December 01, 2009      

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Nokia plans to install Linux software on just one new smartphone next year, according to foreign media reports Tuesday.

The Finnish firm has started to invest more in Internet services in recent years, seeking to counter falling handset prices and increased competition in smartphones from the likes of Apple and Blackberry-maker RIM.

The Linux Maemo operating system is seen as key for Nokia in its rivalry with Apple Inc's iPhone, and many analysts and industry players have been expecting the firm to roll out numerous Linux models already next year.

Nokia started to sell its first Linux phone, the top-of-the-range N900 model, this month.

"The potential of Linux computer operating system is in the high-end, and we have not yet fully harnessed that," said Ari Jaaksi, head of Maemo at Nokia.

Nokia has used open source Linux Maemo since 2005 in its niche range of Internet tablets - sleek phone-like devices without connection to mobile networks.

"The key lesson we have had - almost everyone asked for a phone: ain't there a cellular connection?" Jaaksi said.

The Maemo operating system will be updated in 2010, with full integration of Qt technology, which enables software developers to create one application for different operating systems, iPhone-like capacitive touchscreen support and a tighter integration of Nokia's services.

Source: Xinhua/Agencies

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