The Linux Foundation announced that MeeGo
(the new platform resulted by merging Intel’s
Moblin with Nokia’s Maemo) has received support from many companies
from a wide range of sectors.
The companies are: Acer, Asus, Asianux, Amino, BMW Group, CS2C,
Collabora, Ltd., DeviceVM, EA Mobile, Gameloft, Linpus, Hancom, Maemo
Community Council, Mandriva, MontaVista Software, Metasys, Miracle,
Novell, Red Flag, PixArt, ST-Ericsson, TurboLinux, Tencent,
VietSoftware, WTEC, Wind River and Xandros.
In addition, feature lists for MeeGo handhelds (smartphones) and
netbooks have been made public during
Intel’s IDF conference in Beijing.
The features of MeeGo handheld devices should include: 3G voice and
data, Wi-Fi, VoIP, Instant Messaging, social networking integration,
location based services, data sync for cloud and device, feeds (stock,
weather and news), Fennec browser with Flash support, audio and video
players, camera and so on.
The features of MeeGo netbooks should include: touch and gesture
support, “configurable and pluggable Toolbar with configuration
utility”, 3G data, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, VPN and Static IP support, simplified
email and calendar clients, and Chrome, Chromium or Firefox browser.
Here’s what the MeeGo UI for smartphones looks like at the moment:
And this is the MeeGo UI for netbooks:
The first MeeGo
devices should be commercially available starting the second half
of 2010. Until now, it all looks quite interesting, so let’s hope Intel
and Nokia won’t disappoint.