Nokia and Intel have joined up to marry their Moblin and Maemo platforms, creating the MeeGo spawn which will be seen on devices by the ends of the year. Another operating system?
Moblin is, of course, the open-source mobile Linux that's been seen on phones and netbooks with Intel's Atom processor. Maemo was seen on Nokia's N900, and was pretty much heralded as the saviour for their phones, especially with the latest version, Maemo 6, expected to debut on some phones this year.
While the jury is out on whether we need another mobile OS, MeeGo "will accelerate industry innovation and time-to-market for a wealth of new internet-based applications and services and exciting user experiences," according to reps from both Intel and Nokia, at a Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona.
From the MeeGo site:
* 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 organisation managed by the Linux Foundation
* State of the Art Linux stack optimised for the size and capabilities of small footprint platforms and mobile devices, but delivering broad linux software application compatibility
MeeGo currently targets platforms such as netbooks/entry-level desktops, handheld computing and communications devices, in-vehicle infotainment devices, connected TVs, and media phones. All of these platforms have common user requirements in communications, application, and internet services in a portable or small form factor. The MeeGo project will continue to expand platform support as new features are incorporated and new form factors emerge in the market.