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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.

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So unfortunate
By Freddo on 9/6/2011 1:41:33 PM , Rating: 4
The Nokia N9, the upcoming and only Meego device Nokia will release, looks absolutely stunning. I really don't understand why they killed their Meego path. It's insane.

RE: So unfortunate
By michael2k on 9/6/2011 1:51:36 PM , Rating: 1
Because they are bad at making software and it was taking too long to DIY.

Maemo 5 was released in 2009 and was only competitive with the 2008 iPhone. MeeGo Harmatten is UI enhancements on top of Maemo 5 and is released now in 2011 and is likely competitive with the 2010 iOS, but will be facing the onslaught of the 2011 iOS 5.

Their next version of the hypothetical MeeGo likely would be released next year against the iOS 6 and Android 4 OSes and would only be competitive with the 2011 OSes.

RE: So unfortunate
By ilt24 on 9/6/2011 3:41:54 PM , Rating: 1
I really don't understand why they killed their Meego path. It's insane.

Because the new Nokia CEO decided a $1B from Microsoft and laying off a bunch of people was a better deal. Oh and by the way, that new Nokia CEO happen to have come from Microsoft.

RE: So unfortunate
By Mitch101 on 9/6/2011 4:19:31 PM , Rating: 3
New CEO hedging his career on Windows Phone 7 in a Android world seems like a risky move going Windows. I would mention iPhone but they are losing market share also to Android.

Meego had no future I doubt many heard of it until this article. Heck I vaguely recall hearing about it its less than Palm Pre talk at the water cooler which is zero.

Nokia phones will come out with the Windows Mango update some 500 changes/improvements to the Windows Phone 7. Anyone who has tried Windows Phone 7 might find its actually a good smartphone that will be even better than Android when Mango gets released In fact Im starting to believe it is already more stable than Android because of the problems Ive run into and my buddies have run into with their Androids. Jailbreak is the only benefit of an Android but your asking for problems.

For the record while I really like the Android device and I do own an Android device Samsung Epic 4g but it has crashed a number of times already when needed while my Windows phone hasn't had any problems. Battery life on my Windows Phone is staying strong sometimes 3 days while my Android phone dies out in less than a day. Even my buddies are having to pull the battery and do resets to their Androids nearly once a month. No Android I know has great battery life and it seems most of my friends within 4-9 months already need a replacement battery. The Joy of Multitasking or the Joy of a dead battery? Im sure a few people in here will argue and maybe your lucky but give it several months to really know. Sure its cutting edge and spec wise nothing comes close but thats where the fun seems to end as Android has some issues you wont discover until you owned one for a while.

But Im not going to argue about which phone is best I made my choice to get Windows Phone 7. I have it, I like it, It works great, Im enjoying it, and I have no problems. It does what its supposed to do. I do wish it had a memory slot but I have the cloud and maybe the Nokia will add one. Im happy with it and cant wait to replace the Android with a Windows Phone 7.5 from Nokia. To each their own.

RE: So unfortunate
By lagomorpha on 9/6/2011 6:21:53 PM , Rating: 2
I really didn't want to be interested in a Windows phone, but the issues you list with Android are correct. I thought the battery life issues were largely because Android phones had large screens and power hungry CPUs but if you're suggesting Windows Phone 7 gives reasonable battery life I may have to look into it.

RE: So unfortunate
By Master Kenobi on 9/6/2011 6:42:50 PM , Rating: 2
Everything I've seen from my Android toting co-workers is that it is a nice platform and there are tons of neat little apps, but as for being able to Call, Text, Email at the drop of a dime it is hit or miss. I will admit that it might have something to do with the phone companies or carriers because a vanilla Android install on a jailbroken phone seems to be the best from a performance/stability standpoint. In any case I'm leaning towards WinPhone7.5 for my next phone, just remains to be seen which device I'll get.

RE: So unfortunate
By Chaser on 9/7/2011 2:02:04 PM , Rating: 2
I don't even kn ow where to start on this. Jailbroken phone with Android? A hacked phone of some kind? Yeah. sure.

Anyway, any Winphone user that would like to have a open competition against my HTC Sense 3.0 Sensation with "calling, texting, emailing at the drop of a dime...." anytime, anywhere. Bring it.

By dgingeri on 9/6/2011 1:40:40 PM , Rating: 2
For a company used to nothing less than sweeping success, this is likely a very painful and unfamiliar situation.

Do I need to remind you if Itanium? That has been a dismal failure for Intel.

RE: reminder
By JoJoman88 on 9/6/2011 8:02:54 PM , Rating: 3
Hello Netburst, that worked out real good to for Intel also...

As Expected.
By Flunk on 9/6/2011 1:32:42 PM , Rating: 3
Meego was dead the minute Nokia dropped the project. It had potential that was never realized but overall this just takes out one of the options in a very crowded field.

By Johnmcl7 on 9/6/2011 3:24:15 PM , Rating: 2
Palm seems to get a lot of praise for its multitasking interface but I've always though Maemo was considerably better and where Android is surprisingly still poor. Realistically though I expect Meego to just disappear completely pretty much without a trace

In a perfect world...
By nocturne_81 on 9/6/2011 4:49:16 PM , Rating: 2
It was a crazy plan from the start, though at the project's start it was considered crazy not to try to muscle into the fast growing mobile market..

Though, wouldn't it be rather amazing if Intel sought instead to create their own flavor of Android instead (would require ARM, but what did they hope to accomplish with x86)..? In the end, we could possibly have several varieties of droid-based forks with different approaches (Google's closed source release, Intel's version perhaps, Mozilla's own flavor, perhaps a few manufacturer flavors, and finally the greater opensource community); perhaps even with the ability for the consumer to switch to whatever branch they prefer while maintaining app interoperability. To me, it seemed this was Google's original intention prior to Android's release, but felt they needed to exercise more control in order to compete with the highly-restrictive iOS.

Unsubstantiated Rumors
By smitty3268 on 9/6/2011 6:38:40 PM , Rating: 2
This story started spreading right after HP dropped webOS. From what I can tell, Intel has rejected it as false and never given any hint that it is correct.

Sometimes smoke means fire, but sometimes it's just smoke.

By vision33r on 9/6/2011 9:17:40 PM , Rating: 2
The patent war will force many phone makers eventually to take a good look at WP7 because Google simply don't have the patents necessary to fend off patent trolls.

Handset makers are walking down a painful path with shrinking profits and customers tired of waiting for updates.

Intel vs. Arm
By tviceman on 9/7/2011 12:46:14 AM , Rating: 2
I am going to personally enjoy seeing Intel facing some real true competition as ARM CPU makers like Nvidia continue to gain momentum, move into laptops, ultrabooks, maybe even servers (Tegra5) and steal market share from Intel. It's not that Intel makes bad products, because they don't (my i7-2600k is humming along at 4.5 ghz without breaking a sweat), but it will be great to see them actually face competition and be forced to live without 60% gross margins.

If AMD was actually able to keep up with Intel in either the performance per watt or performance relative to die space Intel would have been forced long ago to be more aggressive with pricing and branching out from their traditional markets. Here's to hoping Bulldozer is a great competitor to Sandy Bridge (I'm not too optimistic though).

By OBLAMA2009 on 9/7/2011 8:20:20 AM , Rating: 2
theyve been working on it for like 5 years and they still dont have a working version. think they might have been having problems?

Horrible Blog Post
By mooninite on 9/8/2011 12:16:26 AM , Rating: 2
This blog post could not be further from the truth.

Nokia has not quit MeeGo. You can't even quote a source besides your own mouth. Let me quote a source for you that shows Nokia is *committed* to MeeGo.

Your source to DigiTimes shows how bad DigiTimes is. They start a rumor that Intel is dropping MeeGo, but then quote from Intel that they are not!

Please revise or remove this blog post. It's full of FUD.

If you care to report about MeeGo at least join the community and chat with some of the Intel guys. They frequently have open discussions on the MeeGo mailing lists. It isn't difficult to be a good reporter. You just have to put a little effort into it.

By Motoman on 9/6/2011 1:12:29 PM , Rating: 1
Meego? No...YOU go. YOU GO NOW!

By bersl2 on 9/6/11, Rating: 0
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