Intel Extends Release Date of Linux Based MeeGo OS for Nokia Smartphones

Few days ago, Intel announced that consumers will have to wait a bit longer before they can use the much hyped Nokia smart phones billed to run on the MeeGo operating system which is Linux based. This new software platform is being worked on by a joint team of Intel and Nokia specialists, though Intel stated that everything is still in good shape despite the delay in the release date announced.

In an interview with Forbes, Doug Fisher, Intel’s Vice President for the Software and Solutions group noted that they “have been hitting their dates” with regards to the release of the MeeGo while the Systems Software Division General Manager stated that “We are very pleased with MeeGo’s progress so far”. It seems Intel is more vocal about the prospects of MeeGo than Nokia is, though this relative silence might be due to the recent high profile resignations at Nokia. Just a few days ago, the Vice President in charge of Devices at Nokia, Ari Jaaksi resigned his position and he is an avid supporter of the production of devices with open source software. In addition, another Vice President in charge of mobile solutions is scheduled to leave and Nokia just announced a new CEO few weeks ago.

From the look of things, we might not see the MeeGo in action until 2011 as an Intel executive has noted that the operating system will be unveiled at an industry trade show in 2011, most likely the Mobile World Congress which starts at mid-February in Barcelona, Spain. A lot of consumers are curious about the MeeGo because it seems to be the only software yet developed to wedge in between a smart phone and a tablet computer.

Already, Nokia has announced that the Nokia N8 would be the last of Nokia’s smart phones to run on the Symbian OS. The MeeGo will likely be positioned to compete or outshine Google’s android and Apple’s i-operating system.

Nokia’s actions in this space are not surprising as it seems all major manufacturers; both software and hardware alike are tweaking their operating systems for greater competitiveness, thus resulting in greater synergies between the software owners and hardware owners that would run them on their devices.

Finally, we hope that everything stays on track as claimed by Intel’s executives and that Nokia does not allow high profile movements to stall the delivery of MeeGo. Already, this extension on the release date of MeeGo means that we would not see the Nokia N9 smart phone as early as expected anymore, because this is the phone scheduled to pioneer the MeeGo.

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