MWC: Nokia and Intel team up, create MeeGo
Nokia and Intel announced today that they would team up to create a joint platform that can be rolled out across a range of devices, from mobiles and netbooks to TV systems and ‘infotainment’ platforms in cars.
MeeGo will combine Intel’s Moblin platform and Nokia’s Maemo system, to form a Linux-based software platform that will be manufacturer neutral. It will also use the Qt application development environment so developers will only have to write the application once to roll it out over different platforms.
There are no detail on exactly who will be using the new platform – aside from Nokia and Intel, of course – but Intel’s Renee James said she expects more announcement on manufacturers in the coming weeks. MeeGo is expected to launch in the second quarter of the year.
This doesn’t mean the end for Symbian however, with Nokia’s Kai Oistamo describing the existing platform the “perfect environment for democratising smartphones”.
There could be also further collaboration down the line, but this time with hardware.