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February 14, 2010

Intel, Nokia launch Linux-based MeeGo operating system

Merge Moblin and Maemo software platforms

By CBR Staff Writer

Intel and Nokia are merging their Moblin and Maemo software platforms to create a unified Linux-based platform that will support multiple hardware platforms across a range of computing devices, including pocketable mobile computers, netbooks, tablets, mediaphones, connected TVs and in-vehicle infotainment systems.

The companies said that the new open software platform called MeeGo will accelerate new internet-based applications. The MeeGo-based devices from Nokia and other manufacturers are expected to be launched later this year.

The MeeGo software platform, running on high-performance devices, will deliver a range of internet, computing and communication experiences, with visually rich graphics, multitasking and multimedia capabilities and the best application performance, the companies claim.

The MeeGo platform builds on the capabilities of the Moblin core OS and its support for a range of device types and reference user experiences, combined with Maemo and Qt application and UI framework for software developers. It also unites the Maemo and Moblin applications ecosystems and open source communities and extends the range of target device segments for developers’ applications, the companies said.

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, CEO of Nokia, said: MeeGo will drive an even wider range of internet computing and communication experiences for consumers, on new types of mobile devices. 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.

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