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Intel CEO Paul Otellini.  (Source:
Will forge ahead without Nokia because "the carriers want a third ecosystem"

Nokia's announced partnership with Microsoft has already had an adverse affect on some, particularly Nokia employees working on Symbian, because of what it means for the future of software developers at the Finnish company. But it's also drawn critics from another strategic partner of Nokia's -- Intel.

Nokia and Intel had been close partners on a new mobile OS, MeeGo, which was supposed to start replacing Symbian on all Nokia N-series devices in 2010. However, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop delayed it as the Microsoft deal was being worked out. Now, Nokia is shifting its focus again, to Windows Phone 7 to power its smartphones, essentially leaving Intel to go it alone with MeeGo.

Yesterday, Reuters reported on some statements Intel CEO Paul Otellini said in a meeting with analysts in London. He said Nokia was offered "incredible" amounts of money by Microsoft. Elop previously said, "the value transferred to Nokia is measured in Bs not Ms" -- billions of dollars, rather than million.

"I wouldn't have made the decision he made, I would probably have gone to Android if I were him," Otellini said. "MeeGo would have been the best strategy but he concluded he couldn't afford it." 

Still, Otellini said Intel would forge ahead with MeeGo, and will find another partner to replace Nokia. "The carriers still want a third ecosystem and the carriers want an open ecosystem, and that's the thing that drives our motivation," he said.

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"Carries want..."?
By banvetor on 2/18/2011 8:42:29 AM , Rating: 2
It is just me or when Intel talks that the motivation behind MeeGo is that carriers want more power you also feel VERY scared and think that I will never own a smartphone with this OS?

I mean... in all available occasions, carriers have proved that they will do what is worst for the customer, filling a system with useless and unremovable apps, locking functions, etc...

I thought that one of the main advantages of iOS/Android was that they removed a lot of the power from the carriers, and everyone liked that (except the carriers, of course).

But I guess that a heavily carrier customized OS/smartphone can be sold cheapear, and so everyone will buy them in any case...

RE: "Carries want..."?
By Micronite on 2/18/2011 9:14:11 AM , Rating: 4
You've must have never owned one of the Droid phones from Verizon. Plenty of carrier influence in there.

RE: "Carries want..."?
By warisz00r on 2/18/2011 9:20:21 AM , Rating: 2
Apparently, Android is not malleable enough for some of these carriers...

RE: "Carries want..."?
By dgingeri on 2/18/2011 10:50:25 AM , Rating: 2
no, Android is not able to be locked down as much as carriers want. they want to control all the content, and they can't do that with Android. If you notice, all AT&T Android phones can't have apps loaded from USB or SD card. They are market only apps. Yet the phones can still be flashed with other Android images to free them from that.

They've also been resisting Android 2.2 (the reason the Galaxy S phones don't have Android 2.2 yet) because they don't want users to be able to tether without AT&T being able to charge them $40 a month more.

They just don't understand that tightening down like that will only push people to leave.

RE: "Carries want..."?
By RamarC on 2/18/2011 9:26:00 AM , Rating: 3
Intel's just trying to find a guaranteed audience for its mobile chips. Better to be the preferred proc for a platform rather than one of many alternatives when you're late to the game.

RE: "Carries want..."?
By Da W on 2/18/2011 11:46:08 AM , Rating: 2
Intel pissed on Microsoft WP7. It would have been the perfect system to support their x86 phone SoC.

RE: "Carries want..."?
By kleinma on 2/18/2011 9:26:29 AM , Rating: 4
My Verizon Android phone probably has more preloaded apps I can't uninstall than it does apps I downloaded myself... With each update they push out they even ad more apps you can't uninstall. Blockbuster, Need for Speed, Skype, City ID, VZ Navigator to name just a few...

VZ Navigator is one that really pisses me off. Even though my droidx has GPS receiver and google maps with turn by turn, verizon forced their uninstallable app (which is inferior to google gps and carries a $10 monthly subscription) onto my phone and i find it running in the background often for no reason.

I welcome Win7 phones.. they can't get here to Verizon soon enough...

RE: "Carries want..."?
By raddude9 on 2/18/2011 10:17:16 AM , Rating: 2
have you tried to uninstall VZ navigator, googling "VZ Navigator remove verizon" gives plenty of useful looking results.

I welcome Win7 phones..

Do you really think carries won't try the same things with Win7 phones? With the the open-ness of Android you at least have a chance of getting around the carriers, not sure if that will be possible with a misrosoftie phone.

WHy does this have to be bad for Intel?
By ICBM on 2/18/2011 9:45:36 AM , Rating: 2
Ok so Nokia is shifting away from Meego. Why can't Nokia still use Intel SoCs with WP7? I find it strange that Intel is pushing Meego so much.

RE: WHy does this have to be bad for Intel?
By RandomFool on 2/18/2011 10:11:50 AM , Rating: 2
The way I understand it is Window Phone 7 only supports a very narrow hardware set.

By mcnabney on 2/18/2011 10:31:53 AM , Rating: 4
Windows Phone 7 supports Snapdragon, and that is it. One ARM processor.

By RdBiker on 2/18/2011 10:48:36 AM , Rating: 2
If I recall correctly Meego is/was supposed to show off the power of Intel's (*insert platform name*) platform since it wasn't certain that other parties would take advantage of that platform to its full extent. Can't remember the platform but it was probably some future platform around the Atom processors.

What is this "MeeGo" stuff??
By dgingeri on 2/18/2011 10:52:05 AM , Rating: 1
I really don't understand what this is. I've heard the term all of three times. With Blackberry, iPhone, and Android, who needs a 4th smartphone OS? Besides, "MeeGo" is a really stupid sounding name.

RE: What is this "MeeGo" stuff??
By Johnmcl7 on 2/18/2011 1:31:31 PM , Rating: 2
Nokia has been developing Maemo for a while (used on their tablet devices) latterly in the form of Maemo 5 on the N900 and were working on Maemo 6. Meanwhile Intel were working on another Linux based OS Moblin that was optimised for their X86 processors, however they didn't want to be developing software so they merged their Moblin OS with Maemo to produce Meego.


RE: What is this "MeeGo" stuff??
By jconan on 2/19/2011 10:44:02 PM , Rating: 2
They should just drop the Mee and leave the Go, eg on the Go OS.

By fteoath64 on 2/19/2011 12:55:39 AM , Rating: 2
Come on Paul,

Not that Intel cannot afford to offer money as well ?. But this was not it. It was the state of the Mobile OS, who the partner was, and how mature (and accepted by the developers) of the SDK ecosystem. On the OS and ecosystem, Meego has very little to show for so so long of hibernation (it is almost unbelievable).

For Nokia, WP7 was the only viable platform for them and having a giant who is willing to pour additional resources makes it a better deal. Also the ability to integrate to business solutions via Office is a very attractive feature that comes bundled. No other platform has such benefits. Also Nokia is not small, so they can be cautious of MS as well as cooperate to make a mutual success.
I was wondering 2 years ago about this alliance and fate has it now...

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