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.