Pictures started appearing in a Chinese forum of a reportedly new Nokia mobile handset prototype which closely resembles Nokia N8 but with a slide out QWERTY keyboard.
But that's not the hype is all about. It turns out that, the new Nokia prototype seems to have Linux based MeeGo platform as its OS instead of Nokia's own Symbian. And in the process, Nokia N9 could well become the first ever MeeGo powered mobile phone. But this news isn't confirmed by Nokia yet and hence it is still very much a rumor.
MeeGo is a Linux-based operating system that emerged earlier this year when Nokia and Intel brought together their respective mobile Linux platforms. MeeGo is more closely aligned with the upstream Linux stack than other mobile Linux platforms and offers a more inclusive and transparent development process. The MeeGo handset user experience is still at a relatively early stage of development, however.
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