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Intel scouts for new MeeGo allies

Posted: 22 Feb 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MeeGo mobile OS? Windows OS? open-source ecosystem?

Following Nokia's decision to team up with Microsoft to develop the Windows OS, Intel Corp. is now actively seeking other allies to support its MeeGo mobile OS project. Paul Otellini, president and CEO of Intel Corp., said this as he met with analysts at a conference in London on February 17. Otellini did not reveal nor give hints of the new partners' identities.

MeeGo is a Linux-based open source mobile OS targeted at a range of mobile devices in the CE market. The OS 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 be 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 parties," he concluded.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times

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