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Leaked shots of Nokia's upcoming N9 phone show it running MeeGo. The Linux distro can also be installed on N900 handsets.  (Source: YouTube (video has since been removed))

Intel brags that MeeGo offers better Atom support than Windows 7.  (Source: CNET)
Joint lab will also look at cooking up new smart phone graphical user interfaces

Back in February at the Mobile World Congress, Intel and Nokia announced that they were merging their Moblin (Intel) and Maemo (Nokia) Linux distributions into a single distribution dubbed MeeGo.  MeeGo was intended both to be an ideal graphics-rich OS for smartphones, most of which run ARM processors. It would also be an optimized OS for netbooks/tablets that sport Intel's Atom (x86) mobile processor, which Windows 7 only weakly supports according to Intel.

Now Intel and Nokia, along with the University of Oulu, have announced that they're opening a joint lab dubbed "the Intel and Nokia Joint Innovation Center" in Oulu, a city in central Finland.  Finland is Nokia's home country.

One of the lab's top priorities will be to develop new open source 3-D Linux skins and interfaces.  The goal here is to allow the user to employ "real world" gestures to accomplish meaningful tasks.  While that objective may seem a little nebulous, you can look to recent Google acquisition BumpTop for an example of how gestures and a 3-D OS skin can improve the user experience.  MeeGo's experimental extensions will likely follow a similar path.

Rich Green, Senior vice president and chief technical officer, Nokia comments, "3-D technology could change the way we use our mobile devices and make our experiences with them much more immersive.  “Our new joint laboratory with Intel draws on the Oulu research community’s 3-D interface expertise, and over time will lay down some important foundations for future mobile experiences."

Another exciting possibility that the pair hopes to pursue at the lab is to try to develop holographic video calling technology.  Nokia's N900 smartphone, released in November 2009, supports traditional video calling.  Apple has since released the iPhone 4 and HTC has released the EVO 4G which are both capable of video calling.

Holograms were invented in 1947 by Hungarian-British physicist Dennis Gabor who later received a Nobel Prize in Physics for the work.  Holograms are an optical illusion that allows a 2D image to appear to project a 3D form out of a surface.  Holographic calling could literally add a new dimension to faces and other features in video calls or multimedia texts.

Currently only one smartphone -- the N900 -- is officially supported by MeeGo.  The N900, which traditionally runs on Nokia's previous OS, Maemo 5, is compatible with MeeGo 1.0 and 1.1.  A number of netbook devices including the ASUS Eee PC, HP Mini, Dell Mini10, MSI U100, and Acer Aspire One can all run MeeGo 1.01, which is the latest non-touch release (1.1's updates are primarily for handhelds).

Nokia and Intel are currently cooking up MeeGo 1.2, which will likely be rolled out to more handsets.  Leaked video shows the OS running on Nokia's upcoming N9 smartphone, the company's super-powered successor to the N900.  Linux fans can also try out the MeeGo distro for their netbooks here.

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By hughlle on 8/24/10, Rating: 0
RE: Really..
By himono on 8/24/2010 9:34:29 AM , Rating: 5
It's a "phone". It doesn't need "apps" or a "camera" or a "touchscreen" or "high def" screens or ....

I agree with the first part of your statement. People tend to forget they are buying a phone. For a lot of people nowadays, it's a secondary feature. Sad, but that's where the market is heading towards...

RE: Really..
By aegisofrime on 8/24/2010 11:17:48 AM , Rating: 2
I think it's great that phones are heading in that direction. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean that others can't like it.

The growing popularity of smartphones would back up my sentiment.

RE: Really..
By lyeoh on 8/24/2010 12:29:52 PM , Rating: 3
What phones need are decent and safe neural/brain interfaces plus "super PDA software".

Then you can have:
1) Virtual telepathy
2) Virtual telekinesis
3) Videographic memory
4) General augmentation

Touchscreens are crap. Good cameras are needed though.

RE: Really..
By Schrag4 on 8/24/2010 12:56:29 PM , Rating: 2
Add video (eventually holographic) chat to a phone? On the one hand, it would be cute to see my 2 yr old on my lunch break. On the other hand, I don't want a video conference with anyone outside of my family. Other people don't need to see what I'm up to in order to have a conversation. It's not that I'm against video, it's just that I think eventually it'll be considered rude to NOT share video if everyone on the planet has a "phone" capable of it. I don't want every phone conversation to go like this. "Hello. No, I'd rather keep this audio..." all the while thinking "Why the hell would I want to see what you're doing? I sure as hell don't think you have any business knowing what I'm up to."

Oh, and can you tell I don't facebook? Call me old-fashioned. </rant>

RE: Really..
By Schrag4 on 8/24/2010 1:01:19 PM , Rating: 2
...continue rant...

I mean, people think they have this God-given right to privacy, but they spill their guts all day long online. All for what? To try to win approval from complete strangers.

I caught the last half of the South Park about FB. They nailed it. (they usually hit the mark)

RE: Really..
By Captain Orgazmo on 8/25/2010 12:44:38 AM , Rating: 2
Real old fashioned was when people knocked on your door, and talked to you in person. So no conversations on the crapper (or at least the person you were talking to was not too picky about venue).

So really, the privacy barrier offered by the telephone is a relatively new thing, and now looking more like a temporary thing. And if people want to see me crapping while I talk to them on the phone, all the power to them.

RE: Really..
By tastyratz on 8/25/2010 9:19:53 AM , Rating: 2
its not temporary, its going to be that way.
Videophones are NOT a new technology. They have been around for years and pushed many before that. How many people said video calls are the new hot button when zach morris brick phones were around? Everyone.

Its 2010 and I don't see videocalls skyrocketing.

The reality is we don't want to see people, and people don't want to see us. The best 3d holographic neural interface spinal tap matrix virtual reality supertech doesn't change the fact that on the other end:

You are picking your nose
you are scratching places they don't approve
you are drinking the milk from the carton
You are in your underwear and overweight.
or clearly at the beach when your boss calls the "sick employee"

People don't want to see you, I don't want to see you, and I don't want you to see me doing the above things. If I wanted to see you I would. Use your phone for phone calls. Video is niche for a reason.

RE: Really..
By Captain Orgazmo on 8/26/2010 12:38:53 AM , Rating: 2
Twas a jestful post, chill :)

RE: Really..
By TerranMagistrate on 8/24/2010 9:38:28 AM , Rating: 2
Or touch screens or dual-core ARM cpus or even cellular technology.

Rotary dial phones worked just fine.

RE: Really..
By SpinCircle on 8/24/2010 10:04:01 AM , Rating: 2
Or, maybe it's a small portable computer that also can be used to make phone calls. Being a 'phone' may not actually be it's primary or most used feature.

By baysa on 8/24/2010 6:55:23 PM , Rating: 2
It's a whole new level for phone sex.

Sign language for Phones
By mozfet on 8/25/2010 4:58:25 AM , Rating: 2
How would this work in practice? Put the phone on your lap and then make signs at it... like deaf people communicate?

I have Need for Speed on my iPhone, but never play it, since I feel like a total dork sitting in the train emulating a 5 year old pretending to drive a car...

How about spending some money on getting voice recognition to work properly?

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