Nokia axe Symbian OS for top-of-the-line N series handsets

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meego.jpgNokia are preparing to phase out the Symbian platform in favour of the new MeeGo OS in their flagship N series range of handsets.

Despite all their best efforts, Nokia’s Symbian has always lagged behind the likes of the iPhone OS or Android in terms of critical acclaim. MeeGo, first announced at February’s Mobile World Congress, will look to step up Nokia’s smartphone stance. Jointly developed by Intel and Nokia, it will see the Moblin and Maemo platforms merge and be available across phones, TVs, netbooks and tablets.

“Going forward, N-series devices will be based on MeeGo,” said Doug Dawson from Nokia, who suggested that Symbian will now be the reserve of low-to-midrange handsets.

“Symbian is enabling us to bring smartphones to more and more people and ensures the benefits of scale for our solutions and services, and for developers.”

Nokia’s final top-end Symbian^3 handset will be the Nokia N8, featuring an impressive 12MP camera and HD video skills. With Nokia admitting then that MeeGo will be their point of focus from now on, you’d hope the N8 gets some sort of MeeGo options in the future too before purchasing one.

Via: Reuters

Gerald Lynch