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Did Nokia Zap Meego-powered N9-00 Smartphone?

Nokia may have cancelled its first Meego-based N9 smartphone before it goes on market and only days before the start of the Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona.

The Finnish company, who is on the verge of losing its status as the world's largest smartphone manufacturer, is widely expected to implement some massive management changes including building non-Meego and non-Symbian handsets.

Reuters reports that two industry sources close to the company has ended development on the handset which looks a lot like a miniature Macbook Air laptop with its chiclet keys and grey, metallic finish.

However, analysts said that the mobile phone giant may well show the next MeeGo device in the forthcoming days in London or at a news conference on Sunday at the MWC 2011, which may mean that Nokia has another MeeGo device in the pipeline, rumoured to be an Intel-based touchscreen tablet, the N9-01.

MeeGo was born out of the fusion of Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo last year, both of which share Linux DNA. Intel wants to use Nokia as a Trojan horse to crack open the mobile phone market for its x86-based processors.

However the rise of Nokia competitors (Android, iPhone, RIM and Windows Phone 7) combined with more powerful hardware from ARM appear to be straining relationship between the two.