Codename overload alert. Intel and Nokia are merging their respective Linux based systems, Moblin and Maemo, to create MeeGo. Read the full story.
The new open source platform is intended to create a “unified” Linux platform that will run on multiple hardware platforms, including pocketable mobile computers, netbooks, tablets, mediaphones, connected TVs and in-vehicle infotainment systems.
“Our vision for seamlessly communicating between computing devices from the home, auto, office or your pocket is taking a big step forward today with the introduction of MeeGo,” said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini.
“This is a foundational step in our evolving relationship with Nokia. The merging of these two important assets into an open source platform is critical toward providing a terrific experience across a variety of devices and gaining cross- industry support.”
“MeeGo will drive an even wider range of Internet computing and communication experiences for consumers, on new types of mobile devices,” said Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, CEO, Nokia.
“Through open innovation, MeeGo will create an ecosystem that is second to none, drawing in players from different industries. It will support a range of business models across the value chain, building on the experience and expertise of Nokia, Intel and all those who will join us. Simply put, MeeGo heralds a new era of mobile computing.”
MeeGo-based devices from Nokia and other manufacturers are expected to be launched later this year.
According to the companies, MeeGo also unites the Maemo and Moblin applications ecosystems. For developers, using Qt for application development means that they could write applications once and deploy them on MeeGo and other platforms, for example Symbian.
The Ovi Store will apparently be the channel to market for apps and content for all Nokia devices, including MeeGo and Symbian-based, with Forum Nokia providing developer support across all Nokia device platforms.
The MeeGo software platform will be hosted by the Linux Foundation as a fully open source project.