Report: Nokia planning only one Maemo phone next year

Nokia will release only one smartphone based on the Maemo software platform, according to a Reuters report citing an unnamed source. This report appears to dash recent speculation that the world's largest cell phone maker plans to transition from Symbian to Maemo for its high-end smartphones.

Nokia began selling its first Maemo phone, the N900, earlier this month. Shortly after the release of the device, rumors surfaced indicating the company would stop using the Symbian platform by 2012 in its entire N-Series line of devices in favor of Maemo. At the time, Nokia said it remained committed to Symbian as its smartphone platform of choice, a statement it reiterated today.

Nokia declined to comment about its future device roadmap.

In other Nokia news, the company clarified comments made by its marketing chief indicating Nokia might consider selling its handset manufacturing business. Anssi Vanjoki, in an interview with the German magazine Wirtschaftswoche, said the handset maker is turning its focus to mobile solutions and applications. He said Nokia's device manufacturing business gives it a distinct advantage, but hinted the company remains open to the possibility of a sale of the business.

A Nokia spokesman told Reuters that Nokia's logistics and manufacturing business is "a very important competitive advantage for us, and (is) a core part of our business. We have no plans to change our business model."

For more:
- see this Reuters article about Maemo
- see this Reuters article

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