Mobile News: Nokia has acquired Smarterphone

Norwegian company Smarterphone, developer of the Smarterphone OS, was acquired by Nokia in 2011. The OS has been playing in the market for about 3 years already. Several features phones including Kyocera C4700 have been running with Smarterphone OS since 2008. The move by Nokia adds to its strategy to develop lower-end phones as it bids farewell to its old Symbian OS. There are also rumors going around regarding the Linux-based “Meltemi” project as a replacement. Eldar Murtazin suggested that the Meltemi will gradually supersede the S40 OS. He likewise thinks that Smarterphone OS will be instrumental in keeping the two-tiered feature phone approach of Nokia in which the latest OS acquisition will replace the lower-end S30 software.
There has been even a bit wild speculation that the reason behind the Smarterphone’s acquisition is that Nokia is preparing to sell its smartphone product line to Microsoft to focus completely on feature phones. It is speculated that the expansion move of Nokia to its software portfolio is a complement to the Windows Phone OS, which has been paying license from Microsoft. The amount of the acquisition was not disclosed making the Nokia’s commitment to feature phones remains a mystery. (c) 2012

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