Nokia backs new MeeGo startup Jolla, hands over patents
Jolla, the newly-founded Finnish startup aiming to resuscitate Nokia's abandoned MeeGo mobile OS, has received a helping hand from Nokia, reports ItViiko. The code underpinning MeeGo, like Android, is Linux-based and open source and came into existence when Nokia and Intel formed an alliance to merge Nokia's Maemo OS with Intel's Moblin OS. This still left a number of OS patents in Nokia's hands, which it has graciously handed over to Jolla to help the company get off the ground.
MeeGo resuscitated by ex-Nokia employees and MeeGo community
A team of ex-Nokia employes have joined with a group of MeeGo coders to form a new smartphone company dubbed Jolla. Jolla is Finnish for 'dinghy,' which suggests that its goal is to create a life raft for the stalled platform and push it forward commercially. The new organization is headed up by a former 11 year veteran of Nokia Marc Dillon who was the Principal Engineer of its Maemo OS, before it was merged with Intel's Moblin OS to create MeeGo.
Intel confident in finding new MeeGo partner
During an analyst meeting htis week, Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini said his company was looking for other MeeGo partners in the wake of Nokia's Microsoft deal. He further accused the phone maker of dropping the co-developed OS in favor of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 after being offered "incredible" amounts of money. Both Google and Microsoft offered Nokia money to adopt their OS, the Intel chief claimed.
Nokia delays MeeGo to 2011, moves to Qt framework
Nokia on Thursday announced a major change in its strategy from a developer standpoint that will drop released-based, major iterations of Symbian. It will now shift exclusively to the Qt application development framework that will allow it to develop for both Symbian and MeeGo platforms simultaneously. HTML5 support will also become key, with web browsers in either OS supporting it.
MeeGo 1.1 screenshots, video now out
MeeGo OS project has entered Day 1, the development team said on Wednesday. To mark the occasiona, the team has released some screenshots of the MeeGo 1.1 interface, along with some features and technical details. Developers are also able to now download an early image of the OS, MeeGo Handset Day 1, and familiarize themselves with source code.
LG scraps Atom-based phone
LG dashed hopes in an unusual fashion today by claiming the GW990 was just a concept device. Although it was scheduld for the fall at CES, the electronics giant now claims that it was never going to be a production device and won't be made. The apparent change of heart hasn't been explained.
Android now supported by Atom smartphones
Intel on Tuesday greenlit the use of Android for smartphones that use the chipmaker's Atom processors. At the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing, General Manager of Intel's software and services group Renee James said the open-source operating system is already running on Atom handsets, though would not elaborate.
Analyst claims Nokia tablet may show this fall
Nokia is developing a new tablet that would compete with the iPad, Rodman Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar claimed in a currently questionable note. He didn't describe the form factor but said the Finnish phone maker was hoping to have a tablet on the market as early as the fall. His only confidence was that any entry was unlikely to compete with Apple or other major rivals.
MeeGo ready for app writers on ARM and x86
The team behind the new MeeGo mobile OS has launched the first system images on its download page. The files give developers their first chances at writing apps for the Intel- and Nokia-made platform and will let them see the underlying infrastructure. The user interface isn't yet public but won't be immediately necessary to start development.
MeeGo apps coming from Orange, Intel
Chipmaker Intel and UK wireless provider Orange on Wednesday said they are collaborating on bringing multimedia services to MeeGo OS devices powered by Intel's Atom processors. The two companies will bring Orange services such as Orange TV, Orange Maps and more to MeeGo-powered devices. Because of the many different devices it's on, an app store is likely to be launched to provide these services.
First phone with Intel CPU will also use Intel OS
Just one day after the announcement that Nokia and Intel would be merging their respective mobile Linux versions, LG has confirmed that its GW990 smartphone would use the new MeeGo OS. The GW990 had originally been slated to use Intel's Linux-based OS, Moblin. It will likely be the first MeeGo phone to be released.
Intel, Nokia create MeeGo from Moblin, Maemo
Chipmaker Intel and cell phone manufacturer Nokia on Monday announced they will merge their respective Moblin and Maemo mobile device operating systems into a single OS. Dubbed MeeGo, the companies plan to have the Linux-based platform running a plethora of devices including smartphones, tablets, netbooks and in-car entertainment systems as well. MeeGo will be hosted by the Linux Foundation, and apps written for it will be available both through Nokia's Ovi Store and Intel's AppUp Center.
LG's new smartphones and 4G checked
LG focused most of its attention on its TV lineup, but it also staked new ground in the mobile arena with two new smartphones and further demos of its 4G network. The GW990 is so far the highlight; it's the first Intel-based phone and will run Moorestown, an upcoming version of Atom that uses a smaller chipset and low enough power for a phone. It should also run Intel's Moblin Linux, which hasn't been used in phones before but shows promise.
Acer, ASUS, Lenovo, MSI Pine Trail netbooks
Intel could have a flurry of netbooks based on its Pine Trail platform in a single day if a claim on Friday bears out. Without pointing to secondary sources, DigiTimes asserts that Acer, ASUS, Lenovo and MSI have all agreed to wait to launch portables using the 1.66GHz Atom N450 on January 11th, a day after Intel should unveil the processor itself. Most of these would run Windows 7 Starter Edition, but companies will also have the pick of Intel's own Moblin Linux or Windows XP Home to lower the price.
Dell Mini 10v gets Intel's Linux OS
Dell at IDF revealed that it's about to ship a version of the Inspiron Mini 10v with Moblin Linux. The system is initially aimed at developers but will give everyone a simpler-to-use alternative to Ubuntu for web browsing and media playback. It specifically uses Canonical's Moblin Netbook Remix, a variant tailored for the screens and interfaces common to the mini notebooks.
Moblin Linux 2.1 for smartphones
Intel at its Developer Forum keynote entered the smartphone field in earnest with the first edition of Moblin Linux for handsets. Version 2.1 is reworked to optimize the interface for touchscreen phone input and adds a panel-based interface for app switching, somewhat like the metaphor used in Palm's webOS. The software still centers on features from Moblin 2.0 like dedicated media playback and a full web browser.
ASUS Eee PC with Moblin
ASUS will release an Eee PC netbook later this year with Intel's Moblin Linux operating system, according to a Friday report from German website NetbookNews. The news is not official, but the site says it has a reliable source for the netbook, which is expected to come out in October. Moblin will not be preloaded on a new Eee PC, but an existing one, with many expecting it to appear on the slim Seashell line of Eee PCs.
Dell mulls Chrome, Moblin
Dell via its blog on Wednesday announced it will evaluate the cloud-based Chrome OS for use in its products, possibly tying it in with the Android OS, also from Google. At the same time, the company said it is also likely to integrate the Linux-based Moblin operating system into its ultra portable computing devices, or netbooks. Either OS has its advantages, Dell claims, with the former not only offering what Dell calls an experience-targeted platform, but is also cost effective compared to the traditional Windows operating systems.
Intel Talks Google on MIDs
Intel today is now claimed to be in formal discussions with Google over backing Android for Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs). Although Intel has its own Moblin Linux platform, those firm making the handhelds in Taiwan say Intel wants to be the choice of hardware for any operating system, including Android. It believes creating a healthy hardware and software environment will help the wider industry, according to DigiTimes.
Elektrobit Moorestown MID
Finland-based Elektrobit has recently demonstrated a cellular-voice-enabled mobile Internet device (MID) known as the Reference Device and based on Intel's next-generation Atom processor, codenamed Moorestown. The device will also sport a special build of the Linux-based Moblin v2 operating system optimized for use in MIDs and with cellular phone support. The EB design was co-developed along with Intel and Ericsson, and will be offered to companies in custom specs.
Acer bringing Moblin Linux
At a press conference at Computex in Taiwan on Wednesday, PC maker Acer announced it will soon offer the Moblin Linux operating system in its products. This will include Aspire One nettop PCs and regular notebook and desktop PCs. Several Moblin-powered Aspire One netbooks are currently being shown at Computex, along with netbooks from other manufacturers, albeit there was more than one version of Moblin. The Linux-based operating system was developed by Intel to get the most out of the Atom CPU used in ultra-portable netbook PCs.
Intel and Nokia Make oFono
Intel and Nokia have been discovered as teaming on a new, Linux-based operating system for mobile phones. Labeled as the oFono project, the effort is separate from both companies' usual Linux projects and is meant to provide an open-source alternative in the same vein as Android. The foundation would be minimal but heavily extensible, letting companies add their own network stacks and other features rather than requiring oFono to supply most on its own.
Intel 2H09 Notebook Plans
A leak of Intel's notebook processor plans for the second half of 2009 show the company moving aggressively into its new platforms during the summer. Those within notebook builders tell DigiTimes that the Nehalem-based notebook processor line, Calpella, is still on track for summer and is slated for mid- to high-range notebooks costing about $1,200 or more. Whether or not this will involve only quad-core processors, as recently rumored, isn't known.