Nokia buys “Smarterphone” OS for smartphone-like OS in $25-$75 devices

| January 6, 2012 | 75 Replies

 

Just in case Symbian, MeeGo, WP, and S40 wasn’t enough back in November Nokia apparently bought a company called Smarterphone.

Stefan of intomobile reckons it ties in with project Meltemi, the low end possibly Linux based OS by Nokia that may replace S40 when Nokia complete the whole Qt for Next Billion with Swipe thing.

Smarterphone is unique in offering a truly complete solution for mobile phone software. Smarterphone not only offers the complete software, we also handle any desired customization. We take the software through all project phases, up to and including FTA and operator homologation, and in this manner we can offer the shortest time-to-market, lowest risk and lowest total cost.

Smarterphone 3.0 is an all-encompassing mobile operating system for wireless handsets, allowing OEMs and ODMs to bring new, highly competitive devices to the market quickly and at low cost. Smarterphone 3.0 includes a state of the art application suite, connecting the top-layer applications with the underlying platform, targeting major carrier’s strictest requirements.

The company was previously called Kvaleberg, and the product Mimiria. We changed toSmarterphone simply because we want to signal that we offer a smarter solution. Compared to conventional smartphones, our solution offers unique possibilities fordifferentiation, much lower handset BOM and total cost, and a truly integrated user experience of the connected phone, combining all electronic communication needs in one device.

http://www.smarterphone.com/

You can read more about it http://www.ferd.no/lang/en/show.do?page=12;22&articleid=2456

I hope that Nokia can continue strengthening both low and high end this year.

Source: ferd.no via IntoMobile, FoneArena

Cheers mrprince and Prasenjit for the tip!

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  • meego

    Reminds me of Eldar’s tweet the day before. Said Nokia proper would concentrate on Smartphone-like devices in the future.

    • Janne

      I guess the smartphone-like reference was already apparent from Nokia’s “next billion” rhetoric that was public. Nokia is clearly moving the feature-phone offering up, considering the cheap Android offensive they pretty much have to.

      As for Eldar, who knows if he had heard of this acquisition. Maybe. But how much of the conclusions he made did he actually hear from sources (and did those sources know) and how much he guessed/concluded (right or wrong) himself.

      There is a long way from the fact of Nokia buying a new low-end OS to boost their “next billion” initiative (aka tha basic phone pillar)… to concluding Nokia is selling off smartphones. Because clearly they could and currently are doing both things.

      Doesn’t mean it is impossible, but the causality isn’t apparent.

  • yasu

    Credit where credit is due: nice move Mr Elop.

    Let’s hope Qt can be ported rapidly on that, as well as S40 while Nokia is at it.

    • jiipee

      Elop may have been the final approval for the acquisition and investment. According to him, he’s pushing clear accountability and responsibility to the organisation. Which would mean in this case, that the feature phone unit has made the decision.

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