Nokia developers are making headway on MeeGo 1.1, the mobile OS developed with Intel. It's expected to be running on the Nokia N900 at Nokia's Dublin developer conference in November.
Nokia is in the last stage of finalizing its MeeGo 1.1 operating system,
according to Nokia Senior Technology Manager Harri Hakulinen. The software
platform, a blend of Nokia's Linux-based Maemo and Intel's Moblin, was first
introduced at Mobile World Congress in February
and is the operating system
Nokia is betting on to rigorously compete against the Apple iPhone and
While the N8, Nokia's newest flagship smartphone, launched with the Symbian 3
OS, future N
-the most advanced in the Nokia portfolio-will run MeeGo.
In November 2009, Nokia launched the N900, a device it calls a "mobile
computer." It features a 3.5-inch touch screen and the Maemo OS. In June,
the company first offered developers a preview of the MeeGo mobile phone
software, and for months now a development team has been working to create a
version of MeeGo that can be ported to the N900. Hakulinen said in an Oct. 13
post on the
that the team has "finally come to a stage that justifies
proud blogging around our MeeGo for N900 adaptation project."
In mid-November, Nokia will host a MeeGo developer conference in Dublin,
where Hakulinen expects to show off the completed project.
"See you there, with MeeGo on N900," he concluded his post. A debut
at the Dublin event would let Nokia
make good on its word that MeeGo 1.1 will arrive before the year's end.
Earlier in October, Doug Fisher, vice president of Intel's Software and
Solutions Group and general manager of its Systems Software Division, said in
an interview with Forbes that he expects mobile phones and most tablets that
will run the MeeGo
OS will not appear on the market until 2011.
An exception is the WeTab from
Berlin-based Neofonie, which showed off its Atom-based tablet at the Intel
Developer Forum in September. MeeGo 1.1 is due out later in 2010, Fisher said.
Ovum analyst Tony Cripps has expressed
doubt about MeeGo's ability
to get in the way of Apple, Google Android or
Microsoft. "From the perspective of most third-party developers,"
Cripps wrote in a June report, "MeeGo remains an unknown and unproven
quantity that is entering an already highly competitive and crowded
Still, Cripps reportedly told Computerworld, "It would be wrong to write
off [MeeGo's] chances until we see the merchandise." MeeGo on the N900 should
give the industry a taste of what MeeGo can do.
For now, an early version of MeeGo is available for download, though Hakulinen
warned that it's still a work in progress.
"At this point, I need to remind you about the basics: MeeGo is an open-source
project and if you choose to install the MeeGo image [on] your N900 device, you
do it completely at your own risk," Hakulinen wrote. "If you are not
confident that you know what you are doing with it and why, please don't use it
at all. Especially now, if you start playing with call software under
development, you need to watch after your phone bill, as well. Also, please use
the latest repositories only, or the next weekly image that is downloadable
from the MeeGo repositories every Monday."
He added, "Development of the MeeGo 1.2 release has already started."