Nokia's Down With Making A High-End Open Source Phone, Just Not With AndroidJohn Mahoney12/03/08 10:10amFiled to: CellphonesNokiaOpen SourceAndroidN97SymbianSmartphonesGoogleInternet Tabletn800n810MaemoVerizonbestmodo21EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkWhen Nokia first showed me their Maemo Linux-powered N800 Internet Tablet, I told them it was cool but that, ideally, I wanted this exact product, smaller, and as a phone. Seems like two years later, this might finally be the way things are headed.Advertisement"In the longer perspective, Linux will become a serious alternative for our high-end phones," Ukko Lappalainen, vice president at Nokia's markets unit, told Reuters."I don't see anything in Android which would make it better than Linux maemo," Lappalainen said."These statements aren't necessarily a surprise, because with any mention of Linux, Nokians tend to shout Maemo like a reflex action.One thing that came to mind when playing with the new N97 is that it is pretty close to the Internet Tablet Phone I wanted—the desktop widgets heralded as a grounbreaking way for users to customize their phones are incredibly similar to what Maemo has had since the beginning, and the hardware is very similar to the current top-end tablet, the N810. The only difference is Symbian, of course—Nokia's prize horse that they won't be giving up on any time soon.