At Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Intel made it very apparent that Nokia is out from project MeeGo and Intel is not happy that the decaying Finnish mobile manufacturer opted out from the project and went for Windows Phone 7, but Intel is committed to continue on its own and that they will still be aggressively pursuing the development of the open source MeeGo OS which will be complimented by their AppUp store.
“While we are disappointed with Nokia’s decision,” Intel spokeswoman Suzy Ramirez tells, “Intel remains committed to MeeGo and welcomes Nokia’s continued contribution to MeeGo open source.“
Intel showed off some tablets running MeeGo OS and said that these tablets will be available later this year. But the MeeGo OS wont just end up on notebooks, smartphones and tablets – it turns out that MeeGo is running on a whole bunch of devices that you may have never considered.
What is New in Intel’s open source MeeGo OS?
The OS is designed specifically for multi-tasking (similar to the BlackBerry Playbook from RIM), and the panels should make it easy to switch between tasks with an always accessible feel. In Intel’s own words:
“MeeGo is an open source, Linux project which brings together the Moblin project, headed up by Intel, and Maemo, by Nokia, into a single open source activity. MeeGo integrates the experience and skills of two significant development ecosystems, versed in communications and computing technologies. The MeeGo project believes these two pillars form the technical foundations for next generation platforms and usages in the mobile and device platforms space.“
MeeGo currently targets platforms such as netbooks/entry-level desktops, handheld computing and communications devices, in-vehicle infotainment devices, connected TVs, and media phones.
The MeeGo OS, according to Darren Wilson, MeeGo Design Manager, makes it easier for users to go to applications. Here, the user has to touch a video or a picture for few seconds and the menu appears instantly, providing the users with various options. This is different from other OS where the users have to go to applications to find the options they are looking for. By putting information on the users’ homepage, Meego will make information easily accessible.
The OS is currently being supported by Toshiba, Fujitsu, Asus, Acer, AMD, Texas Instruments, ST-Ericsson and Novell. Along with these, mobile operators such as Wind River, Orange, Telefonica and Sprint are also all backing the development — something, which is obviously Intel must be counting on right now.
On the flip side, with Windows 8 mobile coming as early as Q1 2012, Android 3 Honeycomb getting really strong in this year, HP remains committed to Palm OS and Blackberry OS, there aren’t that many chances for MeeGo. Fingers crossed!