Intel and Nokia made a surprising announcement at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. It was so surprising that nobody saw it coming. We’re talking here of MeeGo, a new open source, Linux project that combines Intel’s Moblin and Nokia’s Maemo software to form the said Meego platform. Meego will power a range of devices including mobile computers, netbooks, tablets, connected TVs and in-vehicle infotainment system.
If you’re not aware Intel’s Moblin OS is currently being used on various netbooks by those who prefer not to use Windows OS in their low-cost netbooks. Moblin was also recently demonstrated to run on smartphone during the CES 2010. Nokia’s Maemo platform on the other hand is currently being used on the N900 smartphone which is being touted as Nokia’s “mobile computer.”
Specifically MeeGo will include the following:
- Performance optimizations and features which enable rich computational and graphically oriented applications and connected services development
- No-compromise internet standards support delivering the best web experiences
- Easy to use, flexible and powerful UI/app development environment based on Qt
- Open source project organization managed by the Linux Foundation
- State of the Art Linux stack optimized for the size and capabilities of small footprint platforms and mobile devices, but delivering broad linux software application compatibility
Other information about MeeGo include – current Maemo and Moblin will run on top of MeeGo, support for ARM processors, will include support for tablet PCs, apps can be recompiled to run on Symbian, MeeGo apps will be marketed through Nokia’s Ovi Store, and MeeGo will be released in Q2 2010 while products that support the software will be out in the second half of the year.
Originally posted on February 15, 2010 @ 9:15 am