Big big news everybody and – Nokia’s Maemo platform is merging with Intel’s Moblin platfrom to create a new, LInux-based platform called <b>Meego</b>! The companies plan on offering the OS on multiple types of devices, from tablets to phones to television boxes.
Meego will work with the Qt app development ecosystem – which will hopefully radically increase the number of apps available for Nokia’s Linux devices. The software will be hosted by the Linux foundation, and naturally it will be fully open source. It’ll come in the second quarter of 2010 and we’ll have devices by the end of the year!
We were live at the event, read on for updates from the press event and the full press release after the break.
We’ve discussed Nokia’s future and how they will handle differentiating three different operating systems many times here at Nokia Experts and no doubt we will revisit it many times again. However, we thought the above graphic Nokia released today goes a long way. Add in the fact that the Qt development platform means developers can develop once for both Symbian and Meego and things become a little clearer.
Whether the above chart will actually reflect the real size of the “Mobile Computer” and “Smartphone” markets and whether there are real differences between them long term remains an open question. But if you’re been wondering what the plan is after the Meego announcement – just spend some time contemplating the above.