Nokia and Intel have announced a partnership that will see the companies create a brand new OS from their Maemo and Moblin platforms respectively.
The world’s top cellphone maker Nokia said it will merge its Linux Maemo software platform, used in its flagship N900 phone, with Intel’s Moblin, also a version of Linux. MeeGo will not replace Symbian but Maemo will be replaced entirely by MeeGo, hosted by Linux foundation.
MeeGo isn’t just for mobile phones either, it’s for televisions, cars, netbooks, literally anything with a processor inside.
According to a CNet interview with Renee J. James, a senior vice president at Intel, the goal for MeeGo is to combine two disparate, unwieldy operating environments under one roof. “Across a range of devices we’re looking to build a single Linux platform with a single developer environment and a merged API.”
From the MeeGo site, MeeGo includes:
- 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
- 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.