Intel Merges MeeGo Into Open Source Tizen Platform
Intel rebrands the MeeGo operating system as Tizen and will work with the Linux Foundation and Samsung on development.Chipmaker Intel announced it has joined the Linux Foundation and the LiMo Foundation in support of Tizen, a Linux-based, open-source software platform for multiple device categories, including mobile handsets, netbooks and tablets. The standards-based Tizen project will be hosted at the Linux Foundation and offer an operating system and a flexible standards-based HTML5 and Wholesale Applications Community Web development environment within which device-independent apps can be produced. The initial release of Tizen is expected in the first quarter of 2012, enabling the first devices in the market mid-2012. "Tizen builds upon the strengths of both LiMo and MeeGo, and Intel will be working with our MeeGo partners to help them transition to Tizen," Intel said in a press statement. The Linux Foundation said the approach is designed to leverage the robustness and flexibility of HTML5, which is emerging as a more common application environment for mobile applications and has the carrier support of the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC).
However, as Intel and Tizen partner Samsung Electronics work to provide an alternative operating system to giants such as Google Android or Apple's iOS, the partnership faces an uphill battle but may depend on Google's success for survival. Analyst Neil Mawston from Strategy Analytics told Fox Business the best hope for Intel and Tizen backers is that big operators get worried by Android and decide to consciously switch their allegiances to rival platforms to "restrict Google's huge influence over the mobile market."