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  • 20 February, 2010

Is the MeeGo joint venture a danger to Android?

Nokia and Intel have announced that they will now merge their 2 mobile operating systems into a single joint venture called MeeGo.  I guess the pressure from the snowballing effect of Android in the mobile word was too much to handle; so they decided a joint venture would have more of a chance at taking a part of the market share.

MeeGo will combine the best features from each system to create what they are hoping will be one kick ass contender in the integrated and mobile market.  They anticipate the first batch of devices to be available in the second half of this year.

Hi Everyone

I’m sure you’ve heard the news: Moblin and maemo are merging! We are taking the best pieces from these two open source projects and are creating the MeeGo software platform. Both teams have worked for a long time to support the needs of the mobile user experience – and MeeGo will make this even better. We want it to be fun, focused, flexible, technically challenging and ultimately, something that can change the world.

We all use mobile devices every day. The power and capability of handhelds has reached astounding levels – netbooks have been a runaway success – and connected TVs, tablets, in-vehicle infotainment, and media phones are fast growing new markets for devices with unheard of performance. Our goal is to develop the best software to go with those devices. The teams behind maemo and Moblin have plenty of experience and even more ideas on how to make things better – and together we will create something special.

The MeeGo website is still evolving – you’ll run into a few “coming soon” pages as we pull all the content together and get things ready for our first project release in the second quarter. But there’s already a lot to see – and a community to join! Please take a look – and come back often as we approach that first release.

We really want to hear from you. Be in on IRC, on our developer mailing list, or through bugzilla. MeeGo is an open project and it will be successful through its developer community. It’s my personal goal to make sure that we can all together be successful. And have fun.

Imad Sousou

Director of Intel’s Open Source Technology Center
(and now also co-chair of the MeeGo steering group)

Want to find out more?  Head over to the MeeGo web site.

Do you think this will have any impact on the stronghold Android already has in the mobile market ?