updated 01:45 pm EDT, Mon September 5, 2011
Samsung may buy MeeGo according to leak
More uncertainty about MeeGo's fate has emerged at the start of the week as three separate sources maintained that Samsung was looking to take control of MeeGo. Intel had supposedly shifted much of its attention away, with Samsung looking to take the reins. The contacts for Netbook News didn't elaborate on when Samsung might make the leap.
Publicly, Intel has already denied a claim that it would freeze MeeGo altogether. The company said it would "remain committed" to its OS and help the community, but it didn't address questions of how active its work would be.
Even if it remains active, Intel's development of MeeGo remains in limbo. The OS suffered a major setback after Nokia mentioned plans to switch to Windows Phone and now will make very few MeeGo products. Aside from a few niche devices like a Acer tablet, most have opted for Android, Windows, or an in-house OS.
Samsung if it were to take over might not necessarily use the OS directly. It considers Bada its own self-developed OS and already supports Android and Windows Phone, leaving little room for a third choice. One option might be to integrate parts of MeeGo into Bada code. The company has all the same rejected webOS rumors and may not want to buy or manage platforms it doesn't think will survive.