MANHASSET, NY — Computing and communications powerhouses Intel and Nokia are merging their Moblin and Maemo software platforms into an open software platform called MeeGo.
The open software platform will address new Internet-based applications and services and exciting user experiences.
This agreement builds on the companies' broad strategic collaboration announced in June 2009.
“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,” said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini, in a statement.
Existing Maemo and Moblin communities can participate in developing for MeeGo.
Using Qt developers can write applications once using and deploy them on MeeGo and across other platforms, such as Symbian.
The execution may be a bit cumbersome, judging what the announcement said:”The Ovi Store will be the channel to market for apps and content for all Nokia devices, including MeeGo and Symbian-based, with Forum Nokia providing developer support across all Nokia device platforms. The Intel AppUp Center will be the path to market for Intel-based MeeGo devices from other device manufacturers, with the Intel Atom Developer Program providing support for applications targeting devices in a variety of categories.”
The MeeGo software platform will be hosted by the Linux Foundation as a fully open source project. The first release of MeeGo is targeted for the second quarter of this year. MeeGo devices from Nokia will follow.