Nokia expects the role of the Linux operating system in its product portfolio to increase as the role of its Internet-focused devices grows, company officials said.
Linux has so far had little success on cellphones, but
its role is increasing as more new Linux-based models
reach the market, while Google gave it a vote of
confidence by using it to build its Android platform on.
Nokia itself has used Linux for years in its Internet
tablets. "We will expand that range, and we believe that the role of Linux will grow," said Nokia spokesman Kari Tuutti.
Linux has a large developer
community which could result in more attractive programs
and lower costs for the likes of Nokia.
Nokia has used the tablets to target technology-savvy
consumers or support emerging technologies like WiMAX.
The market for software platforms on cellphones is led by Nokia's S60, built on the Symbian operating system, well ahead of Microsoft's Windows Mobile.
However, many mobile industry heavyweights, including
Vodafone , Motorola , NTT DoCoMo , Samsung Electronics ,
Huawei and LG Electronics , have joined Linux alliances.