Intel: "We're Not Blinking on MeeGo"

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When your primary partner for bringing you mobile OS to market says that it wasn't moving fast enough and that it will now use it "not as part of another broad smart phone platform strategy, but as an opportunity to learn," that pretty much sounds like a death sentence. But according to an Intel spokesperson, Intel is "not blinking on MeeGo." The company also wanted to remind us that Nokia is just one of many partners, and that MeeGo will be coming to multiple devices, especially tablets.

Here's the full statement:

While we are disappointed with Nokia’s decision, Intel is not blinking on MeeGo. We remain committed and welcome Nokia’s continued contribution to MeeGo open source.

Our strategy has always been to provide choice when it comes to operating systems, a strategy that includes Windows, Android, and MeeGo.  This is not changing.

MeeGo is not just a phone OS, it supports multiple devices. And we’re seeing momentum across multiple segments - automotive systems, netbooks, tablets, set-top boxes and our Intel silicon will be in a phone that ships this year.

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  • lumitoro Says:

    Lot's of sand in my eyes, difficult to see it is...darkening the times are.

  • noname Says:

    sad truth is that it takes only a handful of passionate people to do something wonderful, iterate iterate iterate, eventaually, with the right people at the right time, with the right support, both emotional and spiritual, sprirutual is important too, cause it grounds you, and connects you to the the moment that you live in.

  • Greg Says:

    I would put more faith in Intel's claims about supporting choice if they were to, for example, get more i7 motherboards with USB3 and SATA 300 GB/S hardware certified and into Linux compatibility lists. They do employ Alan Cox, who has written a driver or two, after all. But it's always a very small subset of boards that's seen on, say the Red Hat Enterprise Linux certified hardware lists. It probably doesn't pencil out, and would involve taking a chance. But we're not talking about a great deal of money here, for a corporation the size of Intel. They probably have Microsoft somewhat annoyed already, so it they *really* cared about OS choice, I don't see what would prevent a trial.

    Sorry, but even in their somewhat-traditional (OK, not silicon, but they've been manufacturing boards for a long time) markets, Intel has never really supported choice. Don't put too much faith in what is probably a knee-jerk PR statement.

  • SnarkMaiden Says:

    Asking the Meego development team 'swith their focus to innovation of future devices on future platforms' to sounds like abandoning Meego to me...

  • rebelng Says:

    Nokia hasn't abandoned meego. if their first devices performs fairly, they would continue to release meego devices from time to time.

  • Kfear Says:

    And I say "Amen" to that .

    Nokia + MeeGo = Connecting People
    Nokia + Microsoft = All good things come to an END !

  • Helmuth Says:

    But we want a Phone, not a Tablet?

    Who will build a N900 like phone with fast cpu, good camera and bright resistive screen?

  • benzas Says:

    good to know!!!

  • Steve Ballmer Says:

    What else can they say?

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