Will Nokia use Linux in future high end phones?

Will Nokia use Linux in future high end phones?

Summary: According to a Reuters report from Nokia World in Barcelona, Nokia is open to the idea of using Linux on their high end phones. A Linux Maemo distribution is used now on their N810 Internet Tablet and it is quite a powerful solution. I enjoy using the N810, except for the seemingly slow responsiveness in some applications. Currently, Nokia uses its S60 implementation on their high end phones.

SHARE:

Will Nokia use Linux in future high end phones?According to a Reuters report from Nokia World in Barcelona, Nokia is open to the idea of using Linux on their high end phones. A Linux Maemo distribution is used now on their N810 Internet Tablet and it is quite a powerful solution. I enjoy using the N810, except for the seemingly slow responsiveness in some applications. Currently, Nokia uses its S60 implementation on their high end phones.

The statement from Ukko Lappalainen, vice president of Nokia's markets unit, doesn't state they will be using a Linux OS, but just that they are considering it as an alternative. Nokia purchased Trolltech, an embedded Linux company, earlier in 2008 and Trolltech/Nokia have consolidated the Trolltech brands into a singular brand labeled Qt. Qt Extended 4.4 was recently released and shows how far Nokia has come with Linux. Using something like Qt in a high end Nokia phone does not appear to be far off and we may see Nokia competing with the Google Android OS in the near future.

Did you know that Qt is currently running the Dash navigation device and Netflix Roku?

Topics: Linux, Mobility, Nokia, Open Source, Operating Systems, Software

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

1 comment
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • Telling comment from the Reuters article

    "I don't see anything in Android which would make it better than Linux maemo," Lappalainen said.

    Nokia, not just in device design, have a leg up on the competition with their several years of experience developing the Internet Tablet.

    Your observation the other day was on the mark that the N97 appears to be a mix of the Internet Tablet and N95.

    But, at the same time, Nokia isn't throwing the baby away with the bath water either now that the acquisition of Symbian is in place.

    Thanks Matt!!
    no_zd_user_name