The Linux Foundation has put development of the MeeGo platform on hold in favour of the new HTML5-focused Tizen project. MeeGo's end was announced on the official MeeGo blog earlier this week.
Just as Symbian^3 and Moblin gave way to MeeGo, so MeeGo has now fallen in the wake of Tizen. Elton John may not be crooning away in the background of this latest announcement, but it's like a tech circle of life - sadly one that's yet to bring much in the way of results to us everyday tech folk. MeeGo was once heralded as an exciting upcoming operating system for large smartphones and tablets, but now it rests rotting upon the trash heap of tech.
The search for the non-Android, non-iOS smartphone saviour continues...*
Replacing it is Tizen, The Linux Foundation's new project. Why all the skipping around between projects? We might ask, when it seems to result in zero worthwhile launches. It's a question answered on the official MeeGo blog.
It's because of a belief that the "future belongs to HTML5-based applications," as they offer greater flexibility for developers. The end focus of the Tizen project is much the same as MeeGo, though. Destined for "Tablets, Netbooks, Handsets, Smart TV, and In-Vehicle Infotainment systems" according to the MeeGo blog, we hope it gets further than its forebear - it's no-doubt set to exploit the knowledge and tech gained from the earlier venture.
MeeGo was once a promising young contender
As interesting as the project is, we have to wonder whether The Linux Foundation has dug itself so deep into the tech rabbit hole that it's now working in the dark. For most professional developers, the need to make money will quickly outweigh the wondrous flexibility offered by HTML5, and you can't make any money without a userbase to buy your apps and games. MeeGo was already late to enter the market, and inevitable lengthy development time will likely be costly for Tizen, especially with the tablet-friendly Windows 8 on the way, offering yet more big-name competition.
Are we just being too cynical? Let us know your thoughts on Tizen in the comments.
*We appreciate this pic simplifies the situation somewhat.