After several years with Symbian, the open source mobile OS that it help to create, Nokia will be dumping the mobile OS in favour for the MeeGo platform it is developing with Intel. While this is was a long time coming, Nokia announced that the N8 will be the final device that will run on Symbian.
The switch means that Nokia is betting on MeeGo to be a challenger to Apple, after Symbian failed to catch up to the iPhone’s dominance when it went out in 2007. Plus, with Google Android and Palm/HP’s WebOS, MeeGo will have some tough competition.
MeeGo is a Linux-based platform that was created after a merger between Nokia’s Maemo platform and Intel’s Mobiln platform. It’s expected that Symbian will still be used in other Nokia phones.