Nokia picks MeeGo Linux, not Symbian, for flagship phones

Nokia confirmed on Thursday that it plans to use the Linux-based MeeGo operating system instead of Symbian for its N-series smartphones. The move is a sign of Symbian's declining relevance in the high-end market as Linux continues to gain traction. The upcoming Symbian^3-based N8 is said to be the last Symbian handset that Nokia will offer in the N-series.

MeeGo is an open source project that was formed when Intel and Nokia merged their respective Linux mobile operating systems to create a unified platform.

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