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Nokia MeeGo Chief Resigns

Nokia’s MeeGo division chief Ari Jaaksi has resigned his post as the company struggles to launch the first smartphone based on its flagship OS.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Nokia spokeswoman Eija-Riitta Huovinen said that Jaaksi has decided to leave the Finnish mobile phone manufacturer for personal reasons.

Nokia’s MeeGo platform, which has been developed in partnership with chip maker Intel, is slated to appear in future high-end Nokia smartphones and tablet devices. The company is expected to launch the first MeeGo-based smartphone by the end of 2010.

Some believe that this is Nokia’s last hope to fight back against the intense competition it faces from rivals Apple and Google's Android, and restore its dominance in the smartphone market.

Nokia has decided against copying fellow smartphone makers HTC, Motorola and Samsung in using Google’s Android OS, a move which has made Nokia’s smartphone market position even more precarious.

The Jaaksi's resignation follows a string of recent top level management changes in Nokia over the past few weeks. This includes the dismissal of CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, who has been replaced by former Microsoft executive Stephen Elop.