LONDON – Intel will find other partners to help with the MeeGo mobile operating system project now that Nokia has backed out to work with Microsoft on developing the Windows OS.
This is according to Paul Otellini, president and CEO of Intel Corp., speaking to analysts at a conference in London Thursday (Feb. 17). Otellini provided no clue as to who such partners might be.
MeeGo is a Linux-based open source mobile operating system targeted at a range of mobile devices in the consumer electronics market and was formed by Nokia and Intel through the merger of Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo projects.
Otellini said Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop had concluded that Nokia could not "afford" to stay with the MeeGo project after receiving offers to switch from both Microsoft and Google.
Nokia is under attack on many fronts, Otellini said. He said HTC is attacking Nokia at the low end, Symbian is dying, and Android and Apple are "eating its lunch" at the top end. Otellini went on to say that Microsoft and Google had been making "incredible offers" for Nokia to switch allegiance from MeeGo. "Microsoft bid for it and boom," Otellini said.
Otellini said he had then refused to part of a bidding war to get Nokia's support.
"I wouldn't have made the decision he [Elop] made," Otellini said. "I would probably have gone to Android if I were him. MeeGo would have been the best strategy but he concluded he couldn't afford it,” he told analysts.
Otellini said the carriers are still keen to see Meego as a competitor open-source ecosystem to Android. "We will find other partners," he concluded.
Right now people developed apps for Android and for Apple’s OS and some for Microsoft Mobile. It would be hard to make people develop the things also for Meego. It is not just a “recompile and GO”..
I agree with you in terms of speed , but sincerely, in this world they don’t really optimize the software anyway. What is to optimize on “cook books” or “how to find your way in the wild” apps :)
@Krutch, sorry I didn't mean to claim you were wrong about products supporting Android apps on top of Meego, I meant that Meego's strategy wasn't to run others applications, but to create an apps platform for Meego to compete with Android and others.
I don't see the Android Apps on top of other ecosystem working real well. Why not just support Android if that your goal?
"We will find other partners," he concluded. hmmm let be sceptical who can be partner of intel's Meego.
Samsung - Big player, not using only one OS but going in parallel with many. Bada, WM and Android, why to go for another challenge where biggest rival left ship already.
LG - Hard player, beaten warrior, as like samsung using different 'OS' strategy but again not suitable to jump in an start-up adventure.
HTC - Who might be interested as left alone by Android(google) however they also tied up with WM. Why to go with tyro guy
Sony-Ericsson - Another Android fun aimed for middle class phones. Not suitable also.
Perhaps ZTE or Huawei who might be interested to join to team up with intel but i dont think its feasible.
If we just see example of Palm WebOS and HPs huge efforts to promote it as competitor to Android, Bada, WM and iOS, i believe intel should stop wasting money on a dead-end project. The OS market is almost at satisfaction and most importantly intel isnt a phone brand as like Samsung who can eat home made pie (Bada)
As far as I know now they partnered with Acer to get some tablet out with Atom and Android… I think that if one brings yet another OS out with nothing really to support it, like running already existing apps from competitors it is meant to fail.. Probably it is going to fail anyway since Intel is going aggressively Android. (And yes you cannot find the info all around the block… But take a look on job offers posted by Intel in new centers and you will observe some trends :P )
I don't think @Krutsch is correct in Meego supporting Android applications, but Intel has always been very OS agnostic, supporting Windows, Linux, MacOS on PCs and even Android on the GoogleTV boxes. Their approach seems to be to try to be the best platform no matter the OS. It doesn't really make sense for Intel to not support an OS.
The strategy with Meego was/(is) : to support applications from all other competing operating systems. Android is not the competition as someone mentioned, but more another race horse with that Intel is going. It is kind of known that Google and Intel work together for in terms of Android…