It would be the first time that Nokia will use another OS apart from the Symbian S60 platform
While Nokia World 09 is still a week away, there is a rumor that Nokia will probably announce a new high-end device, mostly an N Series phone minus the S60 OS that is usually seen on such phones.
We're not talking about the N900 here as it is more of an Internet Tablet phone than a fully featured smartphone, like the N97. The other major announcement would be Nokia first ever netbook, the Booklet 3G. Interestingly, the products that have grabbed headlines over the past week or so are not what you call Nokia's "traditional" turf - phones! As mentioned, one is a netbook while the other is a handheld tablet. So, it is not wrong on our part to expect new phones here. And one of the phones that might just be announced might run on the Maemo platform. If this turns out to be true, it would be the first time that Nokia will have used another OS apart from the Symbian S60 platform, on its traditional smartphone.
This handset might just be the answer to the Apple iPhone, a phone that will match up to the iPhone UI and trumps the iPhone on the features front as well. Of course, this does not mean Nokia is completely ditching Symbian. However, the days of S60 seems numbered. Even though it remains a capable OS, it cannot remain competitive just in terms of the features it offers. With work on the new Symbian OS in full swing, the Maemo seems a perfect stopgap OS that can make Nokia devices competitive in terms of the UI and features, both.