When Stephen Elop announced last February that Nokia was jumping into bed with Microsoft to produce WP7 handsets, fans of Symbian and MeeGo shed a tear.
But things may not be as bad as they first seemed. In recent days we’ve seen two new Symbian handsets unveiled along with the Symbian Anna update. Now it appears as if MeeGo, shunned by Nokia, will be given a life line with LG to join ZTE and China Mobile in a working group charged with attempting to bring the OS to a smartphone platform. MeeGo is a Linux-based operating system and the result of a collaboration between Nokia’s Maemo and Intel’s Moblin. Despite Nokia’s announcement, Intel seems intent on supporting the platform and even displayed it running (albeit rather clunkily) on a tablet at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (see picture below).
Nokia continue to say they plan on shipping a MeeGo smartphone this year, but the platforms longer-term future seems to be in the hands of other manufacturers. According to Valtteri Halla, a member of the technical steering group of MeeGo, LG has joined a working group to develop a handset version of the software, joining companies like ZTE and China Mobile. Halla was speaking at a developer conference today. "It's opening opportunities for the others to come in. Discussions are taking place. You'll see things coming out this year, pretty soon," he said.
So it seems as if MeeGo could indeed be going toe-to-toe with the likes of Android, WP7, WebOS and iOS in the near future – and not just on its sole Nokia handset.