Alleged Nokia Linux Smartphone Plans Exposed by Leak

Article Source Ars Technica
May 21, 2009, 5:40 pm

Nokia has been hard at work building Maemo 5, the next major version of its Linux-based mobile platform. This new version, which is codenamed Fremantle, brings a user interface overhaul and some compelling new capabilities. Although Maemo 5 is still at the beta stage of development and Nokia has not yet announced when it will ship on actual hardware, details are already emerging about the version that will come next, which is codenamed Harmattan.

Nokia first published the preliminary roadmap for Harmattan last year at the Maemo wiki but disclosed very few additional details. Earlier this week, alleged screenshots of Harmattan and a considerable amount of new information about the platform were leaked and publishedby MobileCrunch. According to their informant, Harmattan could arrive at the end of 2010 and is potentially going to be available on a smartphone device. The informant also claims that Nokia’s long-term plan is to eventually ditch its Symbian-based S60 platform and adopt Maemo across its handset line…