Nokia might have virtually stepped away from MeeGo, but while many saw this as the beginning of the end for the Linux-based platform, a recent turn of events proves that MeeGo is alive and doing well. Mobile phone makers like LG are looking into MeeGo-based devices after Nokia is no longer associated exclusively with the project.
The Finns announced their turn from MeeGo and their decision to leave the “burning platform” of Symbian for the yet unestablished Windows Phone 7 in February. Nokia, however, promised to release one first and final device running MeeGo this year. It will keep a small team working for the project, but the platform will be used for market exploration purposes only.
At the same time, LG Electronics joined ZTE and China Mobile among others in a working group to develop a cell phone version of MeeGo.
Former Nokia engineer Valtter Halla, who switched sides to Intel after Espoo's announcement promised: "It's opening opportunities for the others to come in. Discussions are taking place. You'll see things coming out this year, pretty soon." With Android and iOS threatening to dominate the market, could MeeGo provide competition and diversification? Only the future will tell, but in the meantime you can share your thoughts about the platform in the comments below.