Emulators for old Nokia OSes on Android

Hi team HMD, Lots of Nokia fans still want to be able to use their old phones running Symbian, Maemo/MeeGo, even Asha and X.

Emulators for old Nokia OSes on Android

madbilly madbilly
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Hi team HMD,


Lots of Nokia fans still want to be able to use their old phones running Symbian, Maemo/MeeGo, even Asha and X. They'd love a new phone with these OSes.


I know this isn't going to happen!


However, since the latest ARM cores support hardware-level virtualisation, and the SoCs available now are significantly more powerful than the CPUs used for phones with proprietary OSes, why not produce some emulators for older OS versions?


I can't think of many apps for those old platforms that don't have a better alternative on Android nowadays, but some people always want to run their old apps.


I'm not even sure this would be that difficult - there's already a QEMU version of Symbian^3; an emulable version of Harmattan can't be too difficult to make considering it's already running on Linux; Asha is basically just Java; and X is already running on AOSP!


I know, I'm simplying things.


You could include these apps as exclusive for Nokia phones, or people who want to use them on other phones have to pay.


What do you think?



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