MWC: Nokia/Intel in new Linux JV

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Nokia and Intel have combined their software platforms in a joint venture to create a new Linux-based system to work across mobile phones, netbooks and tablets.

The new software platform, MeeGo, combines Nokia’s Maemo platform with Intel’s Moblin. The pair said MeeGo will also work on mediaphones, connected TVs and in-vehicle infotainment systems.

 

The first MeeGo release is expected in the second quarter of 2010 and the first MeeGo-based devices will be launched later in the year. Nokia said other manufacturers will take up the platform, alongside network operators, semiconductor companies, software vendors and developers.

Developers will be able to use develop applications for a range of hardware, to be sold from Nokia’s Ovi Store and Intel’s AppUp Center.

Nokia chief Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said: “MeeGo will drive an even wider range of internet computing and communication experiences for consumers, on new types of mobile devices.

“Through open innovation, MeeGo will create an ecosystem that is second to none, drawing in players from different industries. It will support a range of business models across the value chain, building on the experience and expertise of Nokia, Intel and all those who will join us. Simply put, MeeGo heralds a new era of mobile computing.”

Intel president and chief Paul Otellini said: “Our vision for seamlessly communicating between computing devices from the home, car, office or your pocket is taking a big step forward today with the introduction of MeeGo.

“This is a foundational step in our evolving relationship with Nokia. The merging of these two important assets into an open source platform is critical toward providing a terrific experience across a variety of devices and gaining cross- industry support.”

 

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