Nokia N-series to use Linux

 Helsinki: Nokia N-series is to make use of Linux operating system as N8 would be the last N-series phone to utilize the Symbian software.Though Symbian is the market leader for smartphones,with the rise of iPhone it has lost its market share.

Nokia Oyj is set to use MeeGo software in its N-series as it would provide a better chance to battle against their rivals Apple and Google.The N-series had been dominating the market before Apple's iPhone was brought into the market.

Nokia and Intel Corp revealed their plans to produce MeeGo, merging Nokia's Linux Maemo software platform with Intel's Moblin, based on Linux open-source software.

According to Ben Wood, Research Director at British consultancy CCS Insight, "The confirmation that MeeGo will be used for the next flagship Nseries device shows Nokia is betting the ranch on this platform to beat high-end rivals such as Apple's iPhone," said Ben Wood, research director at British consultancy CCS Insight.

Other versions of the Linux operating system inclusive of Google's Android operator-backed LiMo and Palm's webOS have acquired a large share in the mobile market. The Gartner review shows that in the first quarter, the market share of Linux phones rose to 14 percent from 8.5 per cent a year ago. Linux is the most popular type of open-source computer operating system. Linux's immediate rival on PCs is Microsoft.
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