A smartphone running the MeeGo operating system (OS) could be on shelves as early as October, according to the head of Nokia's MeeGo operations.
A basic build of MeeGo will be made available to developers from the end of this month, but Nokia's Valtteri Halla said: "The productised release of the software is still October of this year".
This effectively confirms the impending launch of a new MeeGo smartphone. Currently, the platform is restricted to Nokia tablet computers.
Nokia will have two high end smartphone platforms launching in quick succession, with Symbian 3 being joined by MeeGo, making it one of the most enterprising mobile manufacturers when it comes to software.
There is a chance that the October launch for a MeeGo smartphone will slip, as any product launch is liable to unforeseen complications, according to Fierce Developer.
However, it is thought that the first glimpse of the MeeGo mobile will be had at the Nokia World 2010 event being held in September, at which a host of new Nokia products will make their first public appearances.