September 29, 2011

Vass Vass
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Meltemi - new mobile OS by Nokia for low-end phones

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Nokia Corp., having abandoned its ambition to develop a high-end operating system, is shifting its programming efforts toward creating software for its low-end phones, according to people familiar with the matter.

The project is a Linux-based operating system code-named Meltemi, the Greek word for dry summer winds that blow across the Aegean Sea from the north. It is being led by Mary McDowell, the handset maker’s executive vice president in charge of mobile phones, these people say.

WSJ [online.wsj.com]

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September 29, 2011

Lukas Geyer Lukas Geyer
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Nokia basically dumped MeeGo resp. Maemo which was as stable to release a real product just to create another Linux based OS, obviously competing with former MeeGo now Tizen.

Well done. [oxforddictionaries.com]. Another 3500+ [techcrunch.com] people say thank you.

September 29, 2011

leon.anavi leon.anavi
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This is an interesting rumor but as we all know the road from rumors to a stable OS for the mass market is long and thorny.

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September 30, 2011

mario mario
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Harmattan is quite stable. Look at the spec for S40, 1 GHz etc… That’s in par with N9

Make the hw with less expensive components and smaller screen size etc and you have a low-end smartphone device.

September 30, 2011

L.MCH L.MCH
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I’ve heard other developers describing Harmattan as a “Meego-compatible Maemo”, I guess Meltemi will be the next release of Maemo under a different name.
It looks like Maemo or its evolution will become “Nokia’s Bada, with Qt”.
It can work if they sell enough phones to attract enough third party developers.

October 1, 2011

sriks sriks
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I think they will target Meltemi to fill the Symbian space. That is a very lucrative market. These days any one can make a Linux based OS, but I would expect Nokia not to repeat any mistakes it (may or may not) made with Meego/Maemo. Qt, Linux, low price point – a perfect recipe for success.

October 2, 2011

Iktwo Iktwo
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I hope it will be like maemo, N900 is such a great device, so low end phones with great software would be an interesting thing to see

February 26, 2012

PierreChicoine PierreChicoi..
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The evolution is simple Maemo becomes Meego and Meego becomes Meltemi. They use the same underlying stuff based on Qt. I’m happy to see this, it explains why Nokia is still hiring people on the Qt team. Since I use Qt extensively it’s a happy thought.

March 21, 2012

mario mario
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Just got this on twitter :)

http://qt.gitorious.org/qt/qtsensors/blobs/f2bd56289283900cd1dcf2c52b93952f98e45144/src/sensors/qirproximitysensor.cpp [qt.gitorious.org]

Check the line “This file is part of the QtSensors middleware for …” Oops! :)

March 21, 2012

leon.anavi leon.anavi
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mario wrote:
Check the line “This file is part of the QtSensors middleware for …” Oops! :)

Wow :) That’s great, thanks for sharing! Finally good news about Qt from Nokia!

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March 21, 2012

mario mario
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The bad news is that the commit is from “Tuesday September 06 2011”. A lot can have happened since. Cross your fingers :)

The git log seems to been manipulated though, this commit doesn’t exist in the history when browsing

March 22, 2012

Jayakrishnan.M Jayakrishnan..
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Please see this link

http://nokiagadgets.com/2012/02/26/konttori-is-back-confirms-meltemi-pr1-2-improves-camera-a-lot-on-n9/ [nokiagadgets.com]

This should be for the next billion thing and according to official info Qt should run on next billion

March 28, 2012

leon.anavi leon.anavi
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Just found out a couple of interesting articles about Nokia N9, Nokia next billion plan and Meltemi:
Why is Nokia Still Working on MeeGo? [netbooknews.com]
Nokia working on Two New low end MeeGo Smartphones [netbooknews.com]

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April 1, 2012

john_god john_god
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Meltemi is the name of a wind.
For sure it’s a well chosen name. Time passes by, and like the wind, we don’t see nothing… where are you Meltemi ? :)

April 2, 2012

Jayakrishnan.M Jayakrishnan..
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I guess the announcements regarding meltemi should coincide with the release of Qt 5.0.

April 2, 2012

Andre Andre
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It sounds unlikely to me that Meleti would be based on Qt 5. Meleti has, if the rumours are true, been in development for awhile now. Qt 5.0 has only just reached a sort-of feature complete state. No one in his right mind will base something they want to launch on an unstable platform like Qt 5 is at this moment.

So: I don’t see the connection between the two.

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