Sources tell AllThingsD that Nokia is ceasing work on the Linux-based OS, Meltemi, to instead focus on its S40 line of Asha phones. The thing is, however, Nokia never confirmed it was ever working on the super low-cost OS, which was rumored last year. Asked about the OS on the call, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said:
We’ve never publicly used the term that you mentioned, so we don’t have any specific comments on a specific engineering effort, although it is the case that we have canceled certain specific engineering projects as part of our changes.
On the same call, announcing Nokia's massive restructuring plans, Elop admitted the handset maker was feeling the squeeze from low-end Android devices, but it plans to develop low-cost, full touch-screen Windows Phone devices to compete. It's reliance on the Windows Phone OS has many thinking an acquisition by Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) may be in the cards for the struggling company. (See Nokia Poll: Microsoft Merger Expected, Light Reading Poll: What Will Nokia Be in 2014?, Nokia Cuts 10,000 Jobs, Restructures and Analyst: Nokia Faces Low-End Threat.)
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— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile