Nokia has confirmed that the recently launched Nokia N8 will be the last of the N-Series phones that will run on Symbian. The Finnish mobile phone giant has indicated that all future models in the N-Series will run on MeeGo.
MeeGo is a Linux based mobile phone operating system that has been developed in collaboration with Intel. The open source mobile OS was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in February this year and is touted to be Nokia’s answer to Android OS and iOS launched by the other major rivals in the mobile phone industry.
Nokia’s N-Series phones has been the ultimate cash cow to the company and these Symbian based handsets were the face of the smartphone segment till 2007 when the iPhone was launched. The launch of the Apple iPhone has changed the smartphone landscape on many aspects. Google has aggressively pursued the mobile audience in recent times with the launch of a variety of Android based handsets that have literally taken Nokia out of the smartphone segment – even though the company is still the leader in terms of market share.
It will be interesting to see how MeeGo based Nokia N-Series handsets fare in the market. MeeGo is a combination of Intel’s Moblin project and Nokia’s Maemo – which was introduced with Nokia N900. The Nokia N9 is expected to be the first device with MeeGo and will launch later this year.