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25 June 2010, 11:40

Nokia N-series devices to drop Symbian in favour of MeeGo

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MeeGo Logo Mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has confirmed plans to stop using the Symbian mobile operating system in future N-series devices in favour of the Linux-based MeeGo platform. The MeeGo OS is the result of the February decision to merge Intel's Moblin platform and Nokia's Maemo platform under the aegis of the Linux Foundation.

According to Nokia spokesperson Doug Dawson, "going forward, N-Series devices will be based on MeeGo." The company's current flagship smartphone, the N8, will reportedly be the last N-series mobile phone to run the Symbian software. While all future N-series releases will now run MeeGo, new devices and availability have yet to be announced.

Currently, the only Nokia device capable of running MeeGo is the company's N900 internet tablet and smartphone. While the former flagship device originally shipped with Nokia's Maemo platform, advanced users and developers can install a version 1.0 image of the Core MeeGo Software Platform. In a post on its official blog, Nokia confirmed that there will not be an official update to MeeGo for the N900 despite the fact that the N900 is the development and test platform for MeeGo.

Nokia will continue to use Symbian on its lower end and business devices, such as the C, E and X-series. The Symbian OS is used by a number of mobile phone manufacturers, including Sony Ericsson and Samsung.

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