A merger between Intel’s Moblin and Nokia’s Maemo has created MeeGo, a Linux-based software platform for almost everything; pocketable mobile computers, netbooks, tablets, mediaphones, connected TVs and in-vehicle infotainment systems. Their aim is so large in fact, that it is targeted to any Internet connected device. The collaboration has many of us in surprise, the yet-to-be-completed MeeGo OS is without a doubt a move to fend off rival OSes from Microsoft, Google and Apple.
Nokia’s CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said: “MeeGo will drive an even wider range of internet computing and communication experiences for consumers, on new types of mobile devices… Simply put, MeeGo heralds a new era of mobile computing.”
How will this affect current partnerships seems to be the question. With Nokia’s Symbian OS for smartphones still in the market, and Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini on Google’s board of directors, the Android team may not think highly of this move.
Here’s what the MeeGo website is saying about the various product types (direct quotes):
Telephone and video calling platforms are growing in capability. What was once a pure communications platform is now also an information, entertainment station and internet access point. MeeGo for media phones will help system developers create next- generation communication devices with high-quality multimedia features, while reducing the amount of development iterations. MeeGo’s graphics system pre-integration and open software stack makes advanced visual features, such as HD video-conferencing, advanced telephony, touch UI, and integrated business applications, much easier to accomplish.
MeeGo’s ability to mix native and web UI development allows widgets to share documents and presentations and to access web content with less memory consumption.
MeeGo will provide the development community with tools, such as the Qt Creator IDE, documentation, sample code, and applications.
Pocketables / Handhelds
Today’s users are demanding more powerful and feature-rich devices to take with them on the go. Next generation smartphones allow users to enjoy a rich and dynamic Internet experience, watch HD movies, and multitask like never before on a small form factor device. Travel lighter and longer with extended battery life. Wherever you go and whatever you do, it’s a mobile experience that not only does more, it does it better.
The MeeGo based platform is specifically designed to enable the application and services ecosystem for these mobile, rich internet and media-centric devices. The MeeGo handheld platform builds on the foundation laid by Maemo and Moblin.
MeeGo will provide expanded features, improved performance, and richer user experience for netbooks. With its advanced support for touch and connectivity, MeeGo is a compelling platform for netbook and tablet creation and application development. MeeGo is a light-weight, scalable, fast-booting and brand-able operating system. MeeGo for netbooks includes:
Consumers demand access to all of their content on all the screens they interact with in the home, from mobile computers and handsets to digital televisions. As these screens connect to the internet, the opportunity for manufacturers and content providers to satisfy the demand for streaming media, social networking, casual games, and new applications grows dramatically.
MeeGo for Connected TV delivers a complete, open standards-based Linux stack, optimized for living room devices, such as Blu-ray players, set top boxes, and digital TVs. It is designed for an internet-connected TV experience, allowing users to enjoy access to multiple applications, services, and personal media, all while watching TV.
MeeGo for Connected TV allows OEMs, ODMs, and service providers the strategic freedom to deliver innovative and integrated broadcast and internet solutions with fast time-to-market and reduced development cost.
In-car entertainment systems / In-Vehicle Infotainment
In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems are devices that deliver navigation, entertainment, and networked computing services in vehicles such as cars, trucks, planes, and buses. Automotive manufacturers in particular are increasingly viewing IVI systems as a key differentiator in their products. Drivers and passengers are coming to expect the same type of innovations they see in other devices, such as mobile computers and handsets, in their vehicles. As vehicles become connected to the internet, the demand for internet-based entertainment applications and services increases and MeeGo strives to accelerate the pace of innovation in IVI.
The MeeGo IVI software platform is designed to enable rich internet and multimedia consumer experiences for vehicles. MeeGo IVI builds on the foundation laid by Moblin IVI for rich multimedia, CE device management, internet, and automotive connectivity.