For the second time this week, Nokia has stepped boldly into mobile computing. Switching from a stubborn attachment to its Symbian operating software, the Finnish phone giant introduced a smartphone that runs on Maemo, a Linux-based operating system.
The device is basically a hand-held touch-screen computer with a 5-megapixel camera and a whopping 32 gigabytes of memory. The Maemo software runs an ARM chip, which allows for more processing power than standard smartphones and uses far less battery power than conventional PC chips.
|Maemo powered Nokia N900|
The move comes just three days after Nokia announced it was entering the cutthroat netbook arena with a 3G Booklet later this year.Nokia has faltered in recent years as gadget leaders like Apple (AAPL - Get Report), Research In Motion (RIMM) and even Palm (PALM), took the lead in new touch-screen-powered smartphone designs.