Breaking: Nokia and Intel merge Maemo and Moblin platform

15 Feb

Even as we wait for Nokia’s joint press conference with Intel to begin, the press kits issued to us reveals that Nokia and Intel will be merging their respective Linux-based platforms for mobile computing devices. The new platform, which will see the two brands collaborating, is called MeeGo.

PRESS RELEASE

Intel and Nokia Merge Software Platforms for Future Computing Devices

MeeGo* enables an open ecosystem for rapid development of exciting new user experiences

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS:

· Global leaders Intel Corporation and Nokia merge Moblin and Maemo to create MeeGo*,

a Linux-based software platform that will support multiple hardware architectures across

the broadest range of device segments, including pocketable mobile computers, netbooks,

tablets, mediaphones, connected TVs and in-vehicle infotainment systems.

· MeeGo offers the Qt application development environment, and builds on the Moblin

core operating system and reference user experiences. Using Qt, developers can write

once to create applications for a variety of devices and platforms, and market them

through Nokia’s Ovi Store and Intel AppUpSM Center.

· MeeGo will be hosted by the Linux Foundation and governed using the best practices of

the open source development model. The first release of MeeGo is expected in the second

quarter of 2010 with devices launching later in the year.

· Nokia and Intel expect MeeGo to be adopted widely by global device manufacturers,

network operators, semiconductor companies, software vendors and developers.

ESPOO, FINLAND, and SANTA CLARA, CALIF., Feb. 15, 2010 – In a significant

development in the convergence of communications and computing, Intel Corporation and Nokia

are merging their popular Moblin and Maemo software platforms. This will create a unified

Linux-based platform that will run on multiple hardware platforms across a wide range of

computing devices, including pocketable mobile computers, netbooks, tablets, mediaphones,

connected TVs and in-vehicle infotainment systems. Called MeeGo, the open software platform

will accelerate industry innovation and time-to-market for a wealth of new Internet-based

applications and services and exciting user experiences. MeeGo-based devices from Nokia and

other manufacturers are expected to be launched later this year.

This announcement strengthens the Nokia and Intel relationship, and builds on the

companies’ broad strategic collaboration announced in June 2009. Intel and Nokia now invite

participation in MeeGo from existing Maemo and Moblin global communities and across the

communications and computing industries.

“Our vision for seamlessly communicating between computing devices from the home,

auto, office or your pocket is taking a big step forward today with the introduction of MeeGo,”

said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. “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 crossindustry

support.”

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“MeeGo will drive an even wider range of Internet computing and communication

experiences for consumers, on new types of mobile devices,” said Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, CEO,

Nokia. “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.”

MeeGo blends the best of Maemo with the best of Moblin to create an open platform for

multiple processor architectures. MeeGo builds on the capabilities of the Moblin core OS and its

support for a wide range of device types and reference user experiences, combined with the

momentum of Maemo in the mobile industry and the broadly adopted Qt application and UI

framework for software developers.

MeeGo also unites the robust worldwide Maemo and Moblin applications ecosystems

and open source communities. For developers, MeeGo extends the range of target device

segments for their applications. Using Qt for application development means that they can write

applications once and easily deploy them on MeeGo and across other platforms, for example, on

Symbian.

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 AppUpSM 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, running on high-performance devices, will deliver a range

of Internet, computing and communication experiences, with visually rich graphics, multitasking

and multimedia capabilities and the best application performance. Since MeeGo runs on multiple

device types, people can keep their favorite applications when they change devices, so they are

not locked into one kind of device or those from any individual manufacturer.

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MeeGo Hosted by the Linux Foundation

The MeeGo software platform will be hosted by the Linux Foundation as a fully open

source project, encouraging community participation in line with the best practices of the open

source development model. Intel and Nokia invite the respective members of Maemo.org and

Moblin.org to join the combined community at MeeGo.com, as well as encouraging wider

participation from the communications, computing and related industries. Developers can begin

writing applications for MeeGo in Qt immediately. The first release of MeeGo is targeted for the

second quarter of this year.

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