nokiaphones Nokia abandons mobile software designed to compete with Android

Nokia is abandoning its Linux-based mobile software that was designed to compete with Google's Android platform, with sources blaming a move to cut costs for the decision.

Nokia is abandoning its Linux-based mobile software that was designed to compete with Google's Android platform, with sources blaming a move to cut costs for the decision.

 
The Finnish mobile company planned to replace its Series 40 software with a new platform code-named Meltemi, aimed at the mid-range market of phones priced between $100 and $200, one of its strongest sectors, with a 20 percent market share in the first quarter of the year.
 
Meltemi, which adds some smartphone functions to feature phones, has been a secret project of Nokia for some time now, with its existence first leaked last year. The company has kept tight-lipped on it and has refused to comment on the decision to axe the software today.
 
nokiaphones Nokia abandons mobile software designed to compete with Android
 
The news came from three anonymous sources cited by Reuters, with one source stating that the original plan was to have new phones running the software out on the market already, suggesting this move was a long time coming. 
 
Nokia has been struggling to remain relevant in a quickly-changing mobile market that it once ruled, now ousted by giants like Apple, Google and Samsung. A partnership with Microsoft for Windows Phone devices has also failed to rescue the company, though some believe that Windows Phone 8 could be a turning point.
 
Source: Reuters