MWC 2010: Intel and Nokia unveil MeeGo

Industry giants Intel and Nokia have teamed up to deliver an open source-based system for the mobile world.

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Intel and Nokia today announced a new Linux-focused collaboration to develop the software of the future for mobile devices.

Dubbed MeeGo, the two computing giants claimed the open system will result in enhanced user experiences and an ability to port apps from one device to another quickly and easily.

MeeGo will be hosted by the Linux Foundation, with the first iteration expected to arrive in the second quarter of this year. Software created as a result of the project - making use of the Qt development environment - will span mobile phones, netbooks, tablets and more.

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"It's hard not to be impressed with the speed of change in our industry," said Kai istm, who heads up Nokia's devices unit. "Users will be able to keep their favourite apps whenever they change devices. MeeGo is an open system. A new frontier with no walls and no fences."

And it's not just good news for users, either.

"[This will offer] equal opportunities for all manufacturers," istm added. "It will co-exist with Symbian and they will complement one another."

Intel is equally as enthused by what the future holds for this open collaboration.

"Our vision for seamlessly communicating between computing devices from the home, auto, office or your pocket is taking a big step forward today with the introduction of MeeGo," Intel president and chief executive Paul Otellini said in a statement.

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"This is a foundational step in our evolving relationship with Nokia. The merging of these two important assets into an open source platform is critical toward providing a terrific experience across a variety of devices and gaining cross- industry support."

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