In a side interview at the Nokia World Conference, Ukko Lappalainen, vice president of Nokia’s markets unit, told Reuters, “In the longer perspective, Linux will become a serious alternative for our high-end phones.” He further elaborated upon Nokia’s endorsement of Linux by saying “I don’t see anything in Android which would make it better than Linux Maemo”. Interesting comments coming from a high level Nokia executive. If we assume his comments are accurate, then we may be seeing some Maemo powered handsets in the not so distant future. Such a move to Maemo is not completely surprising as Maemo is currently the OS that powers Nokia’s line of Internet Tablets. Nokia has experience with Maemo Linux and had indicated at the recent Open Source in Mobile Conference that it is committed to further developing that platform. With Android in the hands of the masses, Ubuntu teaming up with ARM and now Maemo being proposed for Nokia handsets, it looks like competition in the Mobile Linux platform is finally starting to heat up.
[Via Linux Devices]