Nokia abandoning S60 for Maemo on future N-Series devices?

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Confused by Nokia’s dual-platform, Maemo 5 and S60 5th Edition smartphone choices? You’re not alone. Fortunately, things are starting to become a bit more clear thanks to some loose-lipped members of Maemo’s marketing team attending an official N900 meet-up in London last night. According to The Really Mobile Project, Nokia will drop S60 from all of its flagship N-series consumer devices in favor of Maemo. Apparently, Nokia has been pleasantly surprised by the enthusiastic response to the N900 OS even though the enthusiast package is not quite ready for mass-market appeal. Mind you, the transition won’t be instantaneous as anyone with an N900 (and a clear mind) can attest — the OS, services, and apps just can’t compare to the mature S60 platform regardless of Maemo 5’s superior user experience. As such, we’ll continue to see N-Series handsets already in development pop with S60 on board alongside mass-market Maemo devices as the platform matures to the point that Nokia can make the full switch by 2012. Assuming, of course, Nokia doesn’t end up adding webOS to its portfolio somewhere along the way.

[Thanks, Sockatume]

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