Nokia is considering using Linux software on some of its handsets.

According to vice president Ukko Lappalainen the software would be viable for use on its top-of-the-range devices, which currently use Symbian software on its mobile phones and Linux maemo with its internet-tablets including the N810.

Lappalainen told Reuters: "In the longer perspective, Linux will become a serious alternative for our high-end phones".

However, Lappalainen revealed that Nokia would develop its own Linux software rather than opting for Android - Google's Linux-based platform.

"I don't see anything in Android which would make it better than Linux maemo."

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