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MeeGo 1.0 Launched for Netbooks & Smartphones

Gordon Kelly


MeeGo 1.0 Launched for Netbooks & Smartphones

This one nearly slipped us by with all the iPad malarkey going on last week (no, I still don't like it, yes Hugo does), but could we have a dark horse about to challenge the dominance of Android and iPhone OS?

Following its subdued launch at Mobile World Congress 2010 the Intel/Nokia partnership has officially launched MeeGo 1.0 and general feedback is the duo may just have struck gold.

Strangely Notel (as I'm dubbing them) has chosen to release two versions of the platform 'MeeGo Netbook' (above) and 'MeeGo Handset' (below) - not something you see with the various Android iterations - but whether this is a long term segregation strategy or simply because it remains early days isn't yet known.

As for the platform itself Intel lists the key features as:

  • A "visually rich Netbook user experience" built on open source technologies

  • Instant access to synchronized calendar, tasks, appointments, recently used files and real-time social networking updates through the home screen

  • Aggregation of social networking content so updates and posts can be seen one screen

  • MeeGo Netbook integrates Google Chrome or (developer edition) Google Chromium. MeeGo Handset will use
  • Firefox Mobile

  • Email, calendar and media player

  • Claims it is "highly optimized for power and performance"
Japanese, Korean, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Swedish, Polish, Finnish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Dutch, English and British English (hooray!) languages are also supported from the get go.

In fairness most of this is pretty standard stuff, though the choice of browsers (particularly avoiding a mobile Webkit browser for MeeGo Handset) is interesting. As for the early praise this comes largely from appreciation of the speed of the platform and a slick UI - two prerequisites for success these days.

Now all we need is widespread adoption - you know, the hard part...

Link: MeeGo

Peter 20

May 31, 2010, 8:14 am

Call me an ignorant-American but what exactly is the difference between English and British English? Funky accent aside...


May 31, 2010, 11:27 am


We spell words properly! Like coloUr and specialiSe. :-)


May 31, 2010, 3:49 pm

British English is the formal dialect of English used between God, the Queen and Her Subjects. English is the guttural abstraction used by the common people and politicians in pursuit of trade, commerce and betterment of the soul.

Hamish Campbell

May 31, 2010, 3:49 pm

Admittedly there is also a New Zealand English standard for applications which is pretty pointless.

Still not as bad as the Australian English, as if those clowns could operate computers....ooooh you gotta love it.


May 31, 2010, 4:05 pm

the dumbing down continues . . the language choice should be "english" and "english (other)"


May 31, 2010, 4:12 pm

Only in this messed up world does English need to be defined as "British" with English defaulting to "American English". Get your own dam language :P

On the subject of this MeeGo thing, which I've never heard of. It looks like a good idea on their part to use Chrome as the browser. It updates itself and it has flash built in.

Peter 20

May 31, 2010, 8:13 pm

@ravmania... Thanks, I guess you learn something every day.

@jopey... See this is what happens when your country tries to take over other countries, you end up getting your language stolen and butchered along the way =)

And since we're off the subject, can't wait till the first device with MeeGo shows up from Nokia. The new OS looks promising, even more so then Android I would say.

Tim Sutton

May 31, 2010, 8:39 pm

@ Peter

There are quite a few issues with American/English. Measures, weights and scientific terms aside, conversational differences can be tricky.

For example, here in England we can buy faggots in tins. Which we then eat.

Peter 20

May 31, 2010, 10:31 pm


HA HA HA.. you're right this has completely different meaning in US. :D

Thanks, I needed a good laugh today... ;)


June 1, 2010, 1:32 am

@Tim - God forbid, don't forget the gravy! You simply cannot enjoy a faggot without thick gravy! :D


June 1, 2010, 1:29 pm

@Peter - there are also a number of different versions of English even within the UK - "Estuary English" (originating from the Thames estuary/East London); Cockney; "Scots English" (as distinct from Scots and Scots Gaelic). Also Singaporean English, Chinese English etc.

@SRS - supposedly the most "correct" English usage is spoken in Boston (Mass. not Lincs.).

@haim - OK. I'll bite. there's nothing wrong with New Zild English.... we do tend to use British spellings, it's just we have a lot of Maori words that we use as well.


June 1, 2010, 2:53 pm

MeeGo is compatible with Intel and ARM chips, and with Qt for Mobile Platforms you cover Symbian, MeeGo, and Windows Mobile: looks like a winning combination to me !


June 1, 2010, 3:21 pm

Since when did TR become a language forum?


June 1, 2010, 4:55 pm

You just gotta love the American/English chat! A friend staying over a year or so ago couldnt get enough of the "fag", "pants" and "jumper" chat. I think a jumper is some sort of dress of something - she couldnt understand why I was saying put a jumper on when she was whinging about the cold!

She was loving the scots dialect more when we took her on a night out. I'd get banned if I repeated half of it though... And Kaurisol - how dare you call it "Scots English"...

Anyway, random chat aside for some more random chat! Nice to see pics of the interesting operating system sporting links The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - an awesome band from Brooklyn (I think).


June 1, 2010, 9:09 pm

@Jones - I understand what you're saying, however it's using the word "Scots" as an adjective, i.e., the variation of English spoken in Scotland (as distinct from Scots and Scots Gaelic which are different languages). I have to be careful talking about Scots - I am married to one!

@AlexMck - TR readers seem to have views on everything....


June 2, 2010, 8:18 am

I have just found this video which shows the Meego OS.. not bad


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