The Nokia-Intel collaboration Meego seemed promising, but it was dealt a major blow when Nokia quit for Windows Phone 7. Now Intel is rumored to be considering scrapping the project altogether.  (Source: Engadget)
Unconfirmed report says that Intel feels unable to sustain the platform without Nokia's commitment

If new reports are to be believed, Intel Corp. (INTC) may be preparing to bury Meego only nineteen months after the smartphone, tablet, and laptop OS project was announced.

Intel had grand hopes to dominate the world of smart phone software when it paired up with Finland's Nokia Oyj. (
HEL:NOK1V) to produce a new smart phone operating system platform dubbed "Meego".

Announced in February 2010
, there were high hopes for the platform.  After all, Nokia was a veteran who brought with it much experience.  Nokia's Maemo and Intel's Moblin seemed a good fit as both incorporated some slick interface elements and both were based on Linux (though Maemo was only partially open source).

The project showed some early signs of success with Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (
AMD) offering to make hardware for the platform in late 2010.

But by February 2011, Nokia had abandoned Meego to enter a partnership
 with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), makers of Windows Phone 7.  Intel was left carrying the Meego torch all by its lonesome self.  And while a few dedicated partners have shown off a handful of hardware prototypes, the hope of mass-market acceptance is dwindling.

For a company used to nothing less than sweeping success, this is likely a very painful and unfamiliar situation.  Digitimes 
is reporting that enough may be enough and that Intel is considering suspending development for the platform, in order to focus on delivering hardware for Android and Windows Phone 7 devices.

If Intel backs off Meego, it will likely be a death sentence for the fledgling OS, whose prospects already look bleak at best.  The operating system is open source will likely continue to be developed and maintained by a handful of individuals.  But without major manufacturer support, it'll likely be relegated to only the devices of a handful of dedicated hardware hackers.

One possibility is that Google, Inc. (
GOOG) could absorb features of Meego into its own open-source, Linux-based operating system -- Android.  If that happens even if Meego dies, the best parts of it may live on and see mass distribution.

“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith

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