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Intel: MeeGo won't reach shipping phones until 2011

updated 12:25 pm EDT, Thu October 7, 2010

Intel dashes Nokia hopes by putting MeeGo in 2011

Intel set back Nokia's competitiveness in mobile on Thursday with an update that MeeGo won't reach a shipping phone until 2011. Software VP Doug Fisher claimed to Forbes that the mobile OS was on track but noted that MeeGo would only get real phone call and touchscreen support with 1.1, a pre-release update due later this month. Most of the devices shipping in 2010 will be non-touch devices like netbooks and in-car computers with the exception of the German-made WeTab slate, which suffered a hit after the company's chief was caught faking reviews.

The semiconductor firm characterized it as part of a measured pace but may have hurt its main phone partner, Nokia. It has been actively pushing its upcoming N9 flagship and may already have the hardware finished, but it will now have to wait months to ship what has largely been considered a savior for the smartphone designer. Nokia has been continually losing share as its dependence on the aging Symbian platform has left customers shifting to the iPhone since 2007 and Android since 2008.

The company is counting on the shipping N8 and upcoming C6, C7 and E7, but these use Symbian^3 and have relatively modest additions such as overdue multi-touch support and a newer home screen model, features that have been present on Apple and Google platforms since their beginnings. MeeGo on Nokia phones should have a simpler, more intuitive interface but should also have more advanced multitasking and other features that were previously left to specialized phones like the Maemo-running N900.

By Electronista Staff


  1. climacs

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 2001


    ha. ha. ha.

    Apple may be brilliant... but it sure helps when the competition is so incompetent. Just like with the iPod... Apple will be lapping the competition while they're still getting done tying their shoes for the race.

  1. ggirton

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 1999


    WTF is MeeGo?

    And why do we have to keep hearing about its distant future?

  1. Grendelmon

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Dec 2007


    Re: WTF is MeeGo?

    Used to be called "Moblin." It's a distro of linux that Intel helped create, built as a "social" friendly platform. Looks interesting, and I might try it on my netbook.

  1. icewing

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: May 2008


    Re: WTF is MeeGo?

    Soon to be called "MeToo". It's vaporware...but it's "...on track...", you just won't be able to use V1.0 to do anything with, you'll have to wait for 1.1 for that.

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