New Kid on the Mobile OS block – MeeGo

The mobile market is growing tremendously and everyone wants to get a share of the pie of this growing market. Everyone pertains to the mobile players, and this includes the mobile handset manufacturers, telecommunication companies, mobile application developers, and the software industry in general – particularly the mobile operating system (OS) developers.

Currently, mobile handsets are powered by Symbian, Windows Mobile now called Windows Phone, and Google Android. Nokia who owns Symbian also released some of their phones that are powered by an OS called Maemo. So we have Nokia, Microsoft and Google battling it out in the mobile world. There is one powerhouse that is missing, and that is Intel. Intel is already in the mobile space via their processors, but that’s not enough – they want to be in the software arena as well.

Intel and Nokia recently reveal Meego, a project which merges Intel’s Moblin? and Nokia’s Maemo Linux-based platforms. MeeGo is designed for cross-device, cross-architecture computing and is built from the ground up for a new class of powerful computing devices.

The MeeGo software platform is designed to give developers the broadest range of device segments to target for their applications, including netbooks and entry-level desktops, handheld computing and communications devices, in-vehicle infotainment devices, connected TVs, media phones and more – all using a uniform set of APIs based on Qt. For consumers, MeeGo will offer innovative application experiences that they can take from device to device. The MeeGo project is hosted by the Linux Foundation.

Just to show you how MeeGo has captured the imagination of the mobile world, The Linux Foundation announced that companies from a broad range of sectors have committed to and are participating in the MeeGo project – Acer, Amino, Asianux, Asus, BMW Group, Collabora, Ltd., CS2C, DeviceVM, EA Mobile, Gameloft, Hancom, Linpus, Maemo Community Council, Mandriva, Metasys, Miracle, MontaVista Software, Novell, PixArt, Red Flag, ST-Ericsson, Tencent, TurboLinux, VietSoftware, Wind River, WTEC, and Xandros.

MeeGo has captured the interest of the industry due primarily because if its objective – to have a common platform among all devices. So that people can share content regardless of their device for as long as its running MeeGo. And as I mentioned awhile ago, MeeGo was designed to run not only on mobile phones but also for notebooks, handheld devices, infotainment devices and more.

So can Intel and Nokia weave their magic in the mobile world? It’s possible but it’s going to be an uphill climb. Not because MeeGo is not good enough but they (Nokia and Intel) are up against formidable foes – Microsoft and Google. I won’t be surprise if later on, Microsoft will join this Nokia and Intel alliance – are we going to see WiNoTel?

If this happens, then its Microsoft + Nokia + Intel vs Google with its Android. Now this is really going to be interesting, very interesting. Let’s wait and see.


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