Report: Nokia scraps Linux-based OS for feature phones


Nokia (NYSE:NOK) reportedly has halted work on a mobile operating system projected to power its low-end feature phones.

Citing sources familiar with the project, The Wall Street Journal reported in September 2011 that Nokia engineers were at work on a Linux-based operating system codenamed "Meltemi" (so named for the Greek word for summer winds that blow across the Aegean Sea) and intended to complement the company's suite of smartphones running Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone. Sources added that Mary McDowell, Nokia's executive vice president of mobile phones, was spearheading the Meltemi initiative.

Thursday, Nokia announced it would cut 10,000 jobs, close facilities in Finland, Germany and Canada and divest its Vertu luxury device business; a number of executives also are leaving the embattled handset maker, including McDowell. All Things D is reporting that the Meltemi project is another casualty of the reshuffling: Asked about Meltemi on a conference call, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said he had never spoken publicly about a project by that name, but he confirmed that Nokia is ending some development efforts.

Nokia said it will continue to focus on its existing Series 30 and Series 40 low-end smartphone platforms. The company adds it will work with Microsoft to offer Windows Phone devices at lower price points. All Things D notes some elements of the Meltemi build may resurface in other Nokia projects.

Prior to Meltemi, Nokia focused its software development efforts on MeeGo, the open-source platform combining its former Maemo platform with Intel's former Moblin initiative. But Nokia effectively abandoned its MeeGo push in February 2011 when it signed a broad strategic partnership with Microsoft that positions Windows Phone as Nokia's primary smartphone platform moving forward.

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