Intel on MeeGo: “We will continue. It’s just a question of who is going to help us shape that.”
MeeGo, the operating system that never became the future of Nokia, was left with only Intel backing it up and more questions surrounding the platforms than answers. Last week, reports surfaced that Intel is also temporarily pulling the plug on the operating system leaving us wondering how can a company temporarily leave a platform.
Swiftly after that, though, Intel reaffirmed its commitment to the open-source platform. Now, Intel’s VP and general manager of system software, Doug Fisher, was pretty explicit about the state of MeeGo: “Nothing is changing,” he said.
At the same time, Intel sounds in desperate need of a partner as Fisher reiterated: “We will continue. It’s just a question of who is going to help us shape that.”
So what’s the future for the platform and does it stand a chance in the current smartphone duopoly shared between Android and iOS? German publication Mobiledia reported recently that Samsung might overtake MeeGo, but the Korean giant denied to comment on “market speculation.” Intel needs an ally to push this to mass market, and until there appears one, it seems that MeeGo will remain only a testing platform.