Nokia has reportedly abandoned development of its flagship Nseries phone for 2011, as the embattled company reconsiders its strategy for competing at the top end of the smartphone market.
Many expected Nokia to unwrap N9, which runs its proprietary Meego OS, at this month’s Mobile World Congress. However, according to sources cited by Reuters who are familiar with matters at Espoo, work on the N9 has been suspended indefinitely - suggesting that not only will it not show up at the expo, but may be scrapped entirely.
Concurrently, Bloomberg has today reported that Nokia has commenced talks with Microsoft over producing handsets running its Windows Phone 7 (WP7) platform. Should the Finns adopt the OS it would represent a massive shift in its time-honoured approach of solely using its own operating systems.
The unsubstantiated rumour comes after a candid leaked memo from Nokia Chief Executive Officer and ex-Microsoft man Steven Elop surfaced online. Elop used the note to heavily criticise the Meego platform, along with the company's recent failure to market its products effectively.
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