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A screenshot of MeeGo v1.0 for Netbooks.  (Source:
Another Linux-based open source OS will run on all of Nokia's flagship phones

In what appears to be somewhat of a turnaround for Nokia, the world's No. 1 mobile phone manufacturer announced that it is scrapping its ubiquitous Symbian OS on all future N-series models. Instead, its flagship phones will run MeeGo, a combination of two Linux-based platforms: Nokia's Maemo and Intel's Moblin.

The forthcoming N8 will be the last N-series phone to run Symbian, though the OS will still be featured on Nokia's feature phones and lower-end devices, according to CNET.

"The confirmation that MeeGo will be used for the next flagship N-series device shows Nokia is betting the ranch on this platform to beat high-end rivals such as Apple's iPhone," a researcher at British consultancy CCS Insight told Reuters.

The spiking of Symbian looks like an admission from Nokia of the operating system's failure to compete against the increasingly popular Android OS and Apple's iOS, which are both geared towards customization and additional applications for a user experience more akin to a personal computer. Symbian, on the other hand, was first-and-foremost a mobile phone OS. Like Android and Palm's webOS, MeeGo follows the growing trend of Linux-based smartphone software. 

Announced by Intel and Nokia in February, MeeGo is set to power a number of consumer electronics, from netbooks and tablets, to smartphones and connected TVs. An early version of MeeGo for Netbooks was released last month. Here's the list of the features that it includes, from the MeeGo website:

The MeeGo Netbook User Experience includes:

Visually rich Netbook user experience, building on the latest open source technologies.

Instant access to your synchronized calendar, tasks, appointments, recently used files and real-time social networking updates through the home screen.

Aggregation of your social networking content. This allows you to see your social networking activities on one screen, easily interact with your friends, and update your status and site information.

For a fast and rich Internet experience the MeeGo Netbook user experience integrates Google Chrome or, if you prefer a fully open source browser solution, Google Chromium is also provided. Soon we will be releasing the MeeGo Handset user experience which will use the Fennec Mozilla Browser.

Easy to use applications for email, calendar and media player.

Highly optimized for power and performance.

Languages: Japanese, Korean, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Swedish, Polish, Finnish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Dutch, English, British English

The MeeGo v1.0 Core Software Platform Features include:

Kernel based on 2.6.33

DeviceKit and udev for interacting with hardware devices

Modern 2D / 3D graphics stack including Kernel Mode Setting, non-root X

Voice and data connectivity with Connman connection manager, Ofono telephony stack and BlueZ Bluetooth

Qt 4.6

Universal Plug and Play (gUPnP)

Media frameworks

Next generation file system BTRFS, as the default file system

Early reviews of the OS, like this one from ExtremeTech, have noted its ease-of-use as well as its kid-friendly design. "MeeGo v1.0 for Netbooks shows the potential is there to make anything into whimsical, colorful, and nonthreatening entry point to the Internet," ExtremeTech concludes.

A pre-Alpha version of the MeeGo's mobile version is set to release June 30, with October as the target date for a full release.

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By Johnmcl7 on 6/27/2010 8:37:58 AM , Rating: 2
Maemo was always intended to replace Symbian for the flagship phones, the N900 was intended as a development type phone to get support and the second Maemo phone would be a proper flagship phone. With Maemo now gone, it makes sense that Meego takes its place.

The intention appears the same as S60 a few years back which started on the flagship phones and gradually pushed S40 further down the range.


By inperfectdarkness on 6/27/2010 10:22:31 AM , Rating: 2

enter: meego. in < 2 years, the market will probably be:

Win Mo 7

in that order. and i'm not complaining.

now my next question is...will apps be able to be easily ported between android and meego?

By Hare on 6/27/2010 11:00:05 AM , Rating: 2
now my next question is...will apps be able to be easily ported between android and meego?

Quite easy. It has taken couple of days to port some iPhone and Android games. MeeGo uses QT so development should be a pretty rewarding experience.

By Penti on 6/27/2010 1:14:44 PM , Rating: 2
Not Android SDK / Java apps, but they should be able to be machine translated, Android NDK apps or native apps in C/C++ will be portable with some work i.e. porting to the MeeGo QT/middleware platform APIs. Those apps will also run on Symbian. If compiled for those devices.

The C Library on MeeGo is more capable then on Android (Bionic on Android). Low level compatibility is there. But not middleware or UI compatibility as Android is just a framework on top of Linux and not a GNU/Linux system. You also have WRT for widgets and simple apps on the MeeGo - Symbian platform. That is Web Runtime. Apps running within Webkit engine. Android is more like Bada then anything else then it is similar to MeeGo, which is also running on top of Linux.

Games will be quickly portable though as they use the NDK and native code and the OGL ES 2.0 APIs for graphics regardless of device and it's only the game engine that needs to be ported and when the third party and internal game engines are ported there will be little trouble getting them running on any unit, regardless if it's WebOS, Android, Bada, Symbian, MeeGo or WinMo/Phone.

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