Nokia rules out offering Android devices

What things are. A year and a half ago there was talk that Nokia did not rule out using Android and that Sony Ericsson had no interest in this operating system. Things are very different today, with the Finnish manufacturer focused on Symbian and Maemo and Sony Ericsson with a prototype with Android almost ready.

But some are still determined that Nokia prepares a device with Android, something that the brand is responsible for strongly denying. And there is little point in betting on this operating system when they have two different ones, under their control, open source and already working.

I have been saying for a long time that Nokia's bet for the future is Maemo, its system based on Linux, Symbian and Qt, the multi-platform library. Precisely the latter will be the cornerstone that will keep all the others, while Maemo will be your strong bet for high-end devices.

S60 and Symbian are going to move to a large number of lower and mid-range models, leaving Maemo for the higher-end ones, although with Qt with a link between them. At the moment, Maemo is more focused on touch tablets, but with Ofono you will receive the necessary changes to be able to work on mobile phones, as a modem or as a communications device.

But there is still time for this bridge to be fully built. The next version of Maemo, codenamed Fremantle, will continue to be based on GTK +, a rival to Qt, although it will already offer support for it. But for the next evolution, called Harmattan (of which we've already seen some conceptual ideas) it will be based entirely on Qt.

S60 also goes in that direction, that of allowing the development of applications with Qt, which would make those developed for one of the platforms compatible with the other. Therefore, developers would have more incentives to develop for Nokia terminals, by opening the market much more.

What is practically disposable is that we see a Nokia device with Android, at least officially, and it is that it makes no sense for them to bet on the operating system of their competition while they have their own with a similar base, Linux , but controlled by them.

More information | ZDNet.

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