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Intel and Nokia combine to make new mobile OS

Intel and Nokia combine to make new mobile OS

While Nokia and Intel are teaming up on software, no mention was made about hardware collaboration.

With the iPhone going from strength to strength, Android gaining in popularity and mobile App stores predicted to be worth £3.8 billion this year, it’s not surprising that companies trailing Apple and Google are looking for ways to jumpstart their mobile businesses. Intel, desperate to be a bigger player in the market for tablets and smartphones and Nokia, still the world’s largest retailer of mobile devices, have announced they’re combining their efforts.

The companies will merge Intel’s Mobilin and Nokia’s Maemo operating systems to create MeeGo, a Linux-based OS that will “support multiple hardware architectures across the broadest range of device segments, including pocketable mobile computers, netbooks, tablets, mediaphones, connected TVs and in-vehicle infotainment systems.

As you might expect, Intel and Nokia’s praise for each other was only exceeded by their expectations for the new mobile OS. “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,” said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, CEO, Nokia added: “Through open innovation, MeeGo will create an ecosystem that is second to none, drawing in players from different industries. It will support a range of business models across the value chain, building on the experience and expertise of Nokia, Intel and all those who will join us. Simply put, MeeGo heralds a new era of mobile computing.

While MeeGo is a unified OS, some traces of company specific divisions remains – the press release says the Ovi Store will be the channel to market for apps and content for all Nokia devices, while the Intel AppUp Center will be used for Intel-based MeeGo devices from other device manufacturers.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the press release is the promise that “since MeeGo runs on multiple device types, people can keep their favorite applications when they change devices, so they are not locked into one kind of device or those from any individual manufacturer.

One element conspicuously absent from the press release was any mention of Nokia producing smartphones or other devices using Intel x86 CPUs as opposed to the ARM CPUs more commonly found in mobile phones – and as we explored on the blog last week, ARM’s increasing attractiveness for a wide range of hardware designs is something that Intel would do well to fear.

The first MeeGo devices, including a Nokia phone, are due before the end of the year. Interested in this new mobile OS? Or do Apple and Google have the market sewn up already? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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DarkLord7854 15th February 2010, 15:18 Quote
Isn't this the third OS Nokia have now..?

I'm all for diversity but there comes a point where too much choice negatively impacts innovation.
Singularity 15th February 2010, 15:21 Quote
My thoughts exactly. It's becoming a right cluster**** (can you say cluster**** here? :S).
Just build them on linux, make an universal API and stop making middle-ware for middle-ware OSes :S
TWeaK 15th February 2010, 15:50 Quote
Ugh... "infotainment". Quite possibly my least favourite word invented by marketing jockies
Bauul 15th February 2010, 16:04 Quote
It's a total myth the iPhone and Android have the market "sewn up". Between the two of them they account for less than 15% of the UK open mobile OS market, and Android is worth less than 5%.

Symbian is many, many, many times larger than all of them added together, Nokia still totally have the market stitched up in terms of share. Windows Mobile on the other hand is worth now less than 1% of the market, oh dear Microsoft!
Blademrk 15th February 2010, 16:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bauul
Windows Mobile on the other hand is worth now less than 1% of the market, oh dear Microsoft!

Could be why they've started from scratch with WinMob 7, just finished reading an interview on Cnet and it's looking interesting, it seems to be tied to Live! an awful lot ( and I don't know if it's enough to change the image built up over the previous versions of the OS though).
eddtox 15th February 2010, 16:49 Quote
What will happen to Maemo? And more importantly, to the N900, if they merge? Will you just be able to put MeeGo on it?
Shagbag 15th February 2010, 20:09 Quote
A strategic move by Intel to counter the growth away from desktop x86 to mobile ARM.
pimonserry 15th February 2010, 20:16 Quote
Yeah, what happens to Maemo?
If they merge Maemo and Moblin, surely there's less potential OSs for a phone? Or at maximum, the same? After all, if they're merging Maemo and Moblin they wouldn't continue developing Maemo separately aswell.

The difference in application markets is just the same as the difference between HTC Sense (Android) and Motoblur (Android): just an overlay, the same OS really.
SteveU 15th February 2010, 21:05 Quote
MeeGo!?!?!?!?

Pleeeaassee, have they been hanging round with the bods at Nintendo or something?
D-Cyph3r 15th February 2010, 21:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bauul
It's a total myth the iPhone and Android have the market "sewn up". Between the two of them they account for less than 15% of the UK open mobile OS market, and Android is worth less than 5%.

Symbian is many, many, many times larger than all of them added together, Nokia still totally have the market stitched up in terms of share. Windows Mobile on the other hand is worth now less than 1% of the market, oh dear Microsoft!

How much longer has Symbian been around though?


To be honest as much as I love Intel as a hardware manufacture they just cant seem to do software at the same level.... not that i'd ever use anything other than Android from now on anyways.
tad2008 15th February 2010, 21:35 Quote
I don't know anyone these days that uses a Nokia, so they must be really struggling to pull themselves out of the mire they created for themselves to be teaming up with the likes of Intel, either that or Intel are hoping to fight back against the Google and Apple monolithic marketing machines (mmm for short), with a little help.
fodder 15th February 2010, 23:12 Quote
Yep, considering Android has been out for just over a year and only used on a few 'smart' phones, 5% is a huge lump to have.

Both Apple and Google understand that most of their users have no idea or inclination to know how things work and tweak them to what they want. Essentially trying to give as much functionality to a user not much above caveman intelligence, but with enough flexibility to allow the more tech savvy to enjoy the experience too.

The N900 is great, but you have to be a bit of a techy tinkerer to get the best out of it. Windows mobile has all the 'designed by comittee' tick boxes tickes, so is essentially an incoherent mess.

If they can achieve the Google and Apple approach successfully, then it should be great. If not then another crappy phone OS making good hardware useless.
dyzophoria 16th February 2010, 01:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Blademrk
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Originally Posted by Bauul
Windows Mobile on the other hand is worth now less than 1% of the market, oh dear Microsoft!

Could be why they've started from scratch with WinMob 7, just finished reading an interview on Cnet and it's looking interesting, it seems to be tied to Live! an awful lot ( and I don't know if it's enough to change the image built up over the previous versions of the OS though).

I think its enough to change the image of WinMob7 (or Windows phone 7)

[url]http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/15/windows-phone-7-series-hands-on-and-impressions/[url]

quite frankly im quite impressed with it, MeeGo has some pretty though competition ahead
rickysio 16th February 2010, 04:23 Quote
It'd be even more amusing if Intel started manufacturing 32nm custom ARM processors for MeeGo.

Can you spell incredible battery life? Most Snapdragon in the markets now use 65nm, the 32nm edition of anything ARM will be insane! ;D
Bauul 16th February 2010, 13:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by tad2008
I don't know anyone these days that uses a Nokia, so they must be really struggling to pull themselves out of the mire they created for themselves

Again, a myth. The Nokia 5800 was the best selling contract phone by a country mile last year. Additionally, products like the 6303 and 6700 have sold by the bucketload: Nokia are still the biggest manufacturer in the postpay market by a long way, and that looks likely to continue into 2010. Where they've lost share is the prepay market to Samsung and LG, but this isn't an area where smartphones have made really very much impact.
tad2008 16th February 2010, 14:58 Quote
Thanks for the correction and additional info Bauul, much appreciated. Those I know with mobiles tend to be using Sony, Samsung and LG along with the odd Blackberry.
rickysio 16th February 2010, 15:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by tad2008
Thanks for the correction and additional info Bauul, much appreciated. Those I know with mobiles tend to be using Sony, Samsung and LG along with the odd Blackberry.

For me those I know have an overwhelming Nokia presence, and those that dabble into Sony Ericsson/Samsung swore up and down not to do it again. :D

It goes around the figure of 80% Nokia, 10% iPhone, 1% LG, 4% Sony Ericsson and 5% Samsung.
SteveU 21st February 2010, 21:48 Quote
IMO they should be called SHOKIA for the appallingly unimaginative phones they've created over the last few years. I mean they couldn't even be bothered putting a capacitive touch screen on the N97 which is a major faux pas on a current phone.

They may have the market share but 99% of their product range is pure dross.

As far as I'm concerned Apple, RIM, HTC and Samsung are going to continue to lead the way as far as innovation goes!!
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