Feeds

Nokia dumps Symbian on N-series

MeeGo all the way

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

The Nokia N8, to be released later this year, will be the last N-Series handset running Symbian. From then on it's MeeGo all the way.

That's not to say that Nokia will be dropping Symbian entirely, but the Finns have long seen it as the perfect OS for spreading the smart phone joy into the less well-off demographic, so it should come as no surprise that its own flagship handsets will be switching to MeeGo.

"Going forward, N-series devices will be based on MeeGo" a Nokia spokesman told Reuters. That's pretty clear, and means those rushing out to buy an N8 will find themselves cut off from future N-Series applications.

It also raises the question of which OS will run the N9, which was expected to emerge shortly after the N8. Nokia's been getting good press for keeping the price of the N8 down in comparison to the iPhone, but perhaps that's in order to make way for a higher-priced iPhone 4 competitor running MeeGo.

Symbian will remain on lower-end devices, and if Nokia can push Qt hard enough (and the company is certainly putting its back into it at the moment) then perhaps cross-platform applications will smooth the technical gap. But sustaining two incompatible smartphone platforms won't be easy, even for Nokia. ®

Application security programs and practises

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.