Feeds

Nokia gets another OS

Norwegian acquisition for touch screen phones

The essential guide to IT transformation

Nokia has gone out and bought itself another operating system. It has snapped up the privately-held Norwegian company Smarterphone, which licenses a touchscreen featurephone OS, for an undisclosed sum. The company describes its eponymous platform (now up to version 3.0) as competing in the market of $25 to $75.

The business has been around since 1993, but operated under the name Kvaleberg until a year ago. It boasts a clutch of Asian licensees including Compal. Industry readers with long memories may remember OpenWave's V7 software; parts of that are included in the Smarterphone stack.

In the past 12 months Nokia has dispensed with its two key operating systems, Symbian and Meego; signed up to Microsoft's Windows Phone; and accelerated development of a new system of its own, Linux-based Meltemi, for featurephones like this. Nokia would appear to have three options for future touch screen smartphones: Series 40, Meltemi, and the new system. Where Smarterphone fits into an overall strategy is anyone's guess.

Perhaps Nokia simply liked the novel fan-out 'radial' menus, which you can see demonstrated in this video.

For Haavard Nord, it must seem like Groundhog Day. Nokia snapped up Trolltech, best known for its Qt libraries, in 2008, to give it a unified development environment across its disparate platforms. In doing so, it also acquired a Linux-based platform.

Nord joined the Smarterphone board in 2010. There's no escape, Haavard. ®

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV
Pureed-carrot-in-ice cream C++ surprise
China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain
Told to cough up more details as antitrust probe goes deeper
Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit
And at the back of the field, Windows 8.1 is sprinting away from Windows 8
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup
Would you leave your well-paid job to chase your dream?
prev story

Whitepapers

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.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?