Intel have announced a partnership with Nokia to merge their respective Linux operating systems, Moblin and Maemo, into a new, versatile platform, MeeGo. Their aim is to provide a software platform compatible with all forms of hardware architectures, 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 utilizes Intel's Moblin as a core while integrating features from Maemo such as the Qt application and UI development framework. Using the Qt framework allows applications developed to run on MeeGo to be compatible with other platforms as well, such as Symbian. Content made for Nokia devices will be distributed via their OviStore while Intel will make use of their AppUp Center.
Talking to the New York Times, representatives from Intel essentially said MeeGo is a direct challenge to the likes of Google's Android, Apple's iPhone OS, and Microsoft's Windows Mobile.
“I think it’s important that there are alternatives that are truly open for innovation,” said Renee James, Intel’s vice president in charge of software.
“Android may be fantastic, but it’s quite specific,” Ms. James said. “I don’t think they are trying to solve multi-device interaction or how people will use mobile computing over the next horizon.”
Intel and Nokia hope to have the first release of MeeGo out in the second quarter of this year, with devices making use of the platform hitting the market later in the year.
For more info about the new platform, head over to the new MeeGo site here.