Nokia’s latest E900
has some people wondering if the company has finally come up with a smartphone
that will rival Apple’s iPhone
. Aimed at the top end of the market, you may recall
that the new N900 is the company’s first phone running on Linux
software. By taking advantage of Nokia's
Linux-based Maemo operating system, the handset offers multitasking and Web
browsing capabilities using its touchscreen and slide-out keyboard.
Although the N900 might be Nokia’s latest high-end device,
don’t think this means the company is moving away from its Symbian
operating system, which is currently the most widely used mobile operating
system in the world. Nokia has said that Linux will work with—not replace—the
Symbian operating system in Nokia's high-end device lineup. Symbian currently
controls more than half of the global smartphone operating system market,
beating out Apple, Research in Motion
, and Google
"This is in no way putting Symbian in jeopardy," said
Anssi Vanjoki, head of sales at Nokia. "Open source Symbian is going to be
our main platform, and we are expanding and growing it the best we can, both in
terms of functionality as well as distribution ... populating more and more of
our product line with Symbian."
We’ll be interested to see how well the Nokia N900 is received
and what effect it has on the mobile phone OS market when it becomes available
in select markets in October.