MWC 2010 – Nokia and Intel team up to create MeeGo OS
Mobile World Congress has so far been all about spanking new phones like the Samsung Wave. But the biggest story might turn out to be Intel and Nokia's announcement today that they're merging their Linux-based Moblin and Maemo OSs to create a new platform – called MeeGo.
Yep, it's a terrible name (even Maeblin would have been better) and it's hard to get excited about an OS that doesn't yet have any hardware. But there's no doubt MeeGo is a big deal, not least because of the breadth of platforms it's targeted at – 'phones, netbooks, tablets, connected TVs and in-car 'infotainment systems', according to the tech giants.
It all sounds very Android, and developers will be licking their lips at the prospect at writing for a unified platform backed by the might of Intel and Nokia. What's more, applications built for MeeGo can easily be ported to Symbian, which Nokia says it will continue to support.
Unfortunately, there won't be a single MeeGo store for downloading apps – Nokia-built devices will get theirs from the Ovi Store, while Intel-based gizmos will be fed content by the AppUp Center.
But the potential is certainly there – an Intel-powered Nokia Tablet with proper multi-tasking and open source App store, anyone? Maybe we'll hold fire on that iPad.