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Nokia cancels Meltemi OS project in effort to cut costs

Nokia cancels Meltemi OS project in effort to cut costs

Nokia has dropped the software project it had been working on that would be designed to compete with Google Android smartphones, according to Reuters. There had also been reports last month that Nokia was axing the Linux-based OS called Meltemi, and today Reuters’ sources say that the platform has been scrapped entirely as part of the company’s cost-cutting strategy, which involved 10,000 layoffs of Nokia employees.

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Nokia Meltemi survivors suggest axed OS was nearly ready

Nokia Meltemi survivors suggest axed OS was nearly ready

A new LinkedIn group founded by a small club of former Nokia Meltemi developers has suggested the platform was "coming together" and "had made it over the big hurdles" when CEO Stephen Elop axed it. The "MPD Alumni" group - previously known more blatantly as the Meltemi Product Developer Alumni - currently has just over 300 members, though there's no indication of how many actually worked on the Meltemi project itself. Tipped to be Nokia's intended replacement to S40 on entry-level devices, Meltemi is believed to be among the casualties in the Finns' latest round of budget cuts.

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Meltemi misses its moment as Nokia reportedly axes OS

Meltemi misses its moment as Nokia reportedly axes OS

Nokia's clandestine Meltemi project developing the company's next-gen low cost smartphone OS is among the R&D projects shelved, insiders have confirmed, though the Finnish firm itself still refuses to comment. CEO Stephen Elop declined to mention Meltemi by name when questioned about the platform in a Q&A call earlier today, but AllThingsD's sources say it has indeed been axed. However, Nokia's experimentation with Windows 8 tablets is still going ahead despite the cuts, it's suggested.

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Meltemi tipped as Nokia’s new open-source OS ambition

Meltemi tipped as Nokia’s new open-source OS ambition

Nokia is rumored to be developing an open-source OS for its low-end handsets, codenamed Meltemi, despite having failed to drive MeeGo to the point where it could save the company's smartphones. Apparently being led by Nokia EVP of Mobile Phones Mary McDowell, so the WSJ's sources tell them, Meltemi named after "the Greek word for dry summer winds that blow across the Aegean Sea from the north."

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Nokia lays off Aussie Qt staff and looks to sell off assets

Nokia lays off Aussie Qt staff and looks to sell off assets

Reports are coming in that Nokia has shut down its Qt offices in Australia and laid off the developers responsible for QML. The staff that was laid off were responsible for developing key aspects of the Qt open-source toolkit including the QML user interface layout. At least one of the laid off developers, Lorn Potter, has told the Qt community that he intends to continue working on the toolkit himself but is seeking new employment.

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Nokia closes Finnish plant as part of restructuring effort

Nokia closes Finnish plant as part of restructuring effort

Cash-strapped Finnish cellphone maker Nokia has decided to close its Salo handset factory plant in Finland as part of its restructuring effort that was announced by the company in June. The news comes right after we heard that Nokia was dropping its Meltemi platform project in an effort to cut costs, and also right after stating plans to lay off 3,700 employees in Finland and 10,000 employees worldwide.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: July 26, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: July 26, 2012

This morning we've got mishaps, leaks, breaks, and hacks galore - it's not like we planned it that way, it's just that there's so much happening it's nuts! Have a peek first at an item that does not fit into one of those categories: the Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite made for taking on the Nexus 7 directly. Then it's off to the races: Nokia and Android NFC exploits detailed at the massive hacker and developer convention known as Black Hat. Nokia's Meltemi cancelled entirely. Zynga posting a gigantic $23 million dollar loss. Microsoft having its Windows Phone 8 SDK leak out early. And that's not all!

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Nokia has contingency plan should Windows Phone fail says chairman

Nokia has contingency plan should Windows Phone fail says chairman

Nokia has a contingency plan should Windows Phone 8 fail to deliver, new chairman Risto Siilasmaa has confirmed, though the company will chase further "tough cuts" until it can become competitive again. Siilasmaa made the blunt promise in his first public appearance as Nokia chairman, telling Yle Uutiset that he had full confidence both in CEO Stephen Elop and in Microsoft's smartphone platform.

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Nokia: R&D first to face job cull

Nokia: R&D first to face job cull

Nokia's first cuts will see the company's research & development team targeted, the company's CFO has confirmed, with sales and marketing next in line as around 10,000 jobs are trimmed. Speaking on Nokia Q&A call this morning, Chief Financial Officer Timo Ihamuotila outlined the company's plans to shed staff and save money amid the difficult transition from Symbian to Windows Phone. However, job losses aren't the only way Nokia is considering saving cash.

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