New Nokia N-series phones will have Linux

Nokia Oyj will use Linux MeeGo software, instead of its Symbian, in its new N-series lineup. The phone maker hopes the new platform will give it a better chance to battle against rivals such as Apple Inc and Google Inc.

The N-series has been Nokia's most successful line-up for years and it dominated the smartphone market before Apple's iPhone was introduced in 2007.

Nokia's next flagship smartphone, the N8, will be the last N-series phone running Symbian software.

Although Symbian still remains the market leader for smartphones, but it has lost market share in recent years with the rise of the iPhone.

In future, N-series devices will be based on MeeGo.

Just like Symbian, Meego in a way, is also from Nokia’s own stable. Nokia and Intel Corp in February unveiled plans to create MeeGo, merging Nokia's Linux Maemo software platform with Intel's Moblin, which is also based on Linux open-source software.

The adoption of MeeGo for the next flagship Nseries device shows Nokia is betting on this platform to beat high-end rivals such as Apple's iPhone. Versions of the Linux operating system -- also including Google's Android, operator-backed LiMo and Palm's webOS -- have won increased share of the mobile device market.

In the first quarter of 2010, the total market share of Linux phones rose to 14 percent from 8.5 percent a year ago, according to Gartner. A good growth in a highly competitive smartphone market place. --------

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