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Finnish phone maker Nokia has stopped development of its Meltemi software platform, which it hoped would eventually compete directly against Android on mid-range handsets, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the company’s plans speaking with Reuters.
The project leaked in September 2011, when CEO Stephen Elop said "in mobile phones – it’s very much about ‘Sonic,’ it’s very much about full touch activity that’s going on, it’s about the work we have to do around Series 40 to ensure it continues to help us in the future […] It’s the 'Clipper' program and the underlying ‘Meltemi’ software effort.’
Since then, however, the Meltemi project has never been confirmed publicly. One of the sources, who works for a supplier, said that the first feature handsets running the new OS should have already hit the market this year. The company aimed to use the Linux-based OS to replace its aging Series 40 platform in more feature-advanced handsets, but it was given the axe as part of the company’s massive cost-cutting measures.
The move places Nokia in a precarious position, and at risk of losing further ground in the phone market, especially with the mixed success following its decision to use Windows Phone as its primary mobile OS. Despite favorable reviews, the Lumia handsets have struggled to compete against established platforms such as Android and iOS. Revelations such as the recent news that its flagship Lumia 900 will not get the upgrade to WP8 later this year has done little to help, despite being launched just a few short months ago.
This is just the latest of several other cost-cutting measures as part of CEO Elop’s aim to cut spiraling costs at the troubled company. Last week Nokia posted a $1.7 billion operating loss for its last quarter, following on from an announcement in June that it was to cut 10,000 jobs by the end of next year.
The Nokia Lumia 900 is 11.4mm thickness and weight 159g, in the front you can find the 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display and in the back the 8 megapixel camera and its LED flash. Since there are no seams or doors there is no way to access the 1830mAh battery or increase the phone's 16GB internal storage with a microSD card.
The Nokia Lumia 710 has a 3.7-inch, WVGA (480 x 800 pixel) display. It sports a 5 megapixel camera and LED flash, and a loud and clear external speaker. Like most Windows Phone 7.5 devices, the Lumia 710 does not support microSD cards. The Nokia Lumia 710 is powered with a 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor and 512MB of RAM. The Windows Phone interface gets out of your way easily, and apps are quick to open more often than not.
The Nokia Lumia 800 measures a fairly compact 116.8mm x 61.2mm x 12.1mm (4.6in x 2.4in x .5in), it features 16GB of internal storage, but lacks a microSD memory card slot. The Nokia Lumia 800 runs on a single-core processor (1.4GHz). The Lumia 800 is capable of HSPA 14.4 3G data connections on the 900, 1900, and 2100MHz bands and also features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support.
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