Despite its recent agreement with Microsoft to use Windows Phone in future smartphones, Nokia is not sure what OS it will use for its upcoming tablets. Reuters is crediting an unnamed source familiar with the matter with this information. One of the options may be to use MeeGo, which Nokia developed together with Intel.
"That could include Microsoft, it may not," the source said. Whatever it decides on, Nokia is keen to have it scale up to other devices, such as TVs. Intel is looking for new partners.
Microsoft is not likely to have a tablet platform until late 2012. It will be based on the upcoming Windows 8 software for PCs, rather than Windows Phone.
Intel and Nokia said back in January that they will show MeeGo-powered tablets in June, though this was before the Microsoft deal happened.
Nokia had been one of the earliest participants in tablets through its N700 and N800 models, but it has never reached mainstream success and was quickly outsold by the iPad. For Microsoft, Nokia's uncertainty would both contrast harshly against its Windows Phone deal and reflect lack of confidence even from a major partner that Windows as-is would be a viable challenger on a tablet to Apple or Google.