Will MeeGo go the WebOS way?

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Intel's MeeGo

According to a report on DigiTimes this morning, Intel has plans to stop development of it’s MeeGo OS, at least temporarily. The reason stated seems quite obvious. Lack of interest from device manufacturers.

 “Intel reportedly plans to temporarily discontinue development of its MeeGo OS due to a lack of enthusiasm for the platform from handset and tablet PC vendors”

Instead, it will continue to concentrate on it’s hardware business. It’s hardware platforms are to be paired with Google’s Android and Windows Phone next year as per industry sources, says the report. Intel, however, defers in it’s comment on the report. Intel says it will continue to develop MeeGo and has no plans of ditching it’s OS.

 ”We remain committed to MeeGo and open source, and will continue to work with the community to help develop and meet the needs of customers and end users,” said an Intel spokesperson to CNET.

MeeGo, which was Moblin earlier, has had a poor history with manufacturers. In the year 2009, LG and Intel had announced a smartphone which was to run on Moblin. Despite the high profile announcement, LG never released a commercial final product.

MeeGo’s next tryst was with Nokia the very next year in March. Both companies joined hands to develop the product, but just like LG, Nokia shifted it’s interest from MeeGo to Windows Phone 7.

Though we might never see a wide spread commercial success for MeeGo in the samrtphone and tablet market, it still has it’s own domain in the hidden but vast embedded market. MeeGo is the preferred OS for systems like in-car electronics and other industrial equipment. At least, that is what Intel says.

So, MeeGo might not go the WebOS way completely after all.

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