According to the German FT (via Techcrunch) Nokia is going to move from Symbian to Maemo for its phones.
Nokia doesn’t trust its Symbian mobile operating system any more and plans to equip many of its smartphones with the mostly open source Maemo operating system it uses in its Internet tablets, according to undisclosed Nokia sources speaking to the Financial Times in Germany (FTD).
Nokia uses Maemo on its internet tablets, and having used the Nokia N810 quite a bit I quite like it as an operating system. Likewise though I also like the operating system on the Nokia N95. Which one do I prefer? Well it’s not that simple, as the N810 is a very different device to the N95 and I use them in different ways.
The Nokia N97 which had huge potential seems to be limited by the Symbian operating system, as Techcrunch report:
The Nokia N97 from June 2009 required heavy tweaking on the Symbian software. It’s touchscreen OS still looks aged and the handling is far from easy and not always logical.
Nokia having seen the Apple iPhone and Google’s Android phone take their market share, they need todo something if they are to remain competitive.
I expect not to see upgrades to existing phones like the N95, but Nokia using Maemo on their new phones.