Nokia To Abandon Symbian For Maemo?

Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia could shift its operating system allegiance from popular Symbian to open source, Linux-based, Maemo.

Financial Times Deutschland writes that Nokia will be releasing Maemo powered smartphones over the next few weeks although the newspaper doesn't quote its sources.

One of them said that "Symbian is much too cumbersome to keep up with modern operating systems. We have to react."

Maemo, which is also known as Internet Tablet OS, first appeared with the Nokia 770 Internet tablet in November 2005 and, unlike Symbian, it is still under the control of Nokia although it is largely an open source project.

But Nokia has invested heavily in Symbian - it purchased it back in June 2008 for 264 million Euros - and is therefore very unlikely to stop shipping it altogether. Maemo though has been sporting touchscreen capabilities ever since it was developed four years ago.

Nokia's move could have been motivated by the recent announcement of a "strategic" partnership with chip maker Intel. There is a strong possibility that Nokia could merge Maemo with Intel's own Moblin.

Both technology firms have said that they would be "coordinating their Open Source technology selection and development investments" including both operating systems "to help foster the development of compatible applications".