Intel, Nokia Merge Linux Operating Systems to Form MeeGo

5 thoughts on “Intel, Nokia Merge Linux Operating Systems to Form MeeGo”

  1. The developers — who have multiple choices — decide which platforms succeed

    Agreed… there are just too many mobile software platforms for developers to choose from. After Apple, Android is a very pleasant environment… I’m not sure Qt/C++ is when there are so many SDKs/languages to write in already.

  2. The developers — who have multiple choices — decide which platforms succeed

    Is it only the developers who decide which platforms succeed ? What if Nokia ropes in Samsung, LG, Sony-Ericcson, Asus, Acer etc? The CE brands could play king-maker too. Let me stir the hornet’s nest a bit – Yes, apps seems to be making the world go round these days..but remember that this world of downloaded apps is extremely small. The average iPhone user has no more than a handful of icons on her screen. And the average phone user (now looking at the entire world) has ZERO downloaded apps on his phone, and probably has no plans to download any either. Yes, he downloads content and pays for it, sometime even obscene sums. But over 90% of the worlds’ phone users donot download apps.

    The world of mobile phones is going Linux – with it comes the natural expectation that additional software, if required at all, should come free. Free as in beer. Talk to the vendors (like MTK) to get a reality check. The fancy world of nifty apps is a boutique concept that will never make sense for the markets at large.

    The article does ask a pertinent question though – Why Meego? Especially when android has had a headstart of over 2+ years and with the Google brand behind it? The again, it is not developers who decide – it is the CE bands who do. If the CE brands fall in love with Android (as they currently have), then Meego has tough luck. But if Nintel (Nokia + Intel) can push Meego (like Wintel did to PCs)…then the android could well take the route of the unix tower of babel…Fat chance, but then there is no crystal ball.

    1. “The fancy world of nifty apps is a boutique concept that will never make sense for the markets at large.”

      You really characterize the most successful and emulated software platform innovation in years as a boutique concept?

      Saying 90% of phones do not download apps today is very much like saying 90% of PCs do not connect to the World Wide Web… if this was something like 1993. A true fact that completely ignores very obvious technology trends.

  3. I think Om and Cheese are both right. Developer attention cycles are critical. At the same time, apps are indeed relatively boutique even though Apple’s PR machine would like us to think otherwise (Steve Jobs cackling about the millions of apps downloads, etc. is kind of a red herring because people’s own time and attention is limited so how many apps does a person really find useful in a given day or week?). What’s exciting is the rest of the world (the 90% or whatever) that hasn’t yet purchased a smart phone and the type of specific applications that could be developed for these lightweight communications devices (but much of that success also depends on the mobile infrastructure such as for high availability — you want a push app to notify you of some important piece of information that is critical to your business or life, well that cloud based push notification service better be working 24×7 and the network switches such as LTE or whate have you better be within reach of your mobile device to make it useful).

  4. We can not said it as a lack of developers attention
    because their are lots of advantages of collobration.
    It may take birth of new technologied in the field of
    mobile application development.It also accelerate the
    intelegence of the developer of both organization.No
    matter it is good for the both organization or not,but
    hopes better for we people………

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