MeeGo dead, to be replaced by Samsung-Intel backed Tizen

MeeGo dead, to be replaced by Samsung-Intel backed Tizen
You can’t say you didn’t see this coming - MeeGo is now officially confirmed dead as the platform will join open source Linux-based LiMo in a new open source project called Tizen. What’s different about it that could make it successful? Most prominently, it’s Samsung’s participation, but a range of other companies from the LiMo foundation will also join in: ACCESS, Panasonic Mobile, NEC Casio, NTT DoCoMo, Samsung, SK Telecom, Telefonica, and Vodafone are all included. Tizen resides in the Linux foundations and will be run by engineers from Intel and Samsung.

The biggest focus of Tizen will be HTML5, and the “vast majority” of appplications including core apps like messaging, multimedia, network and camera will be built using those tools. The first thing many of you would think of here is webOS, which is built around a similar premise. HTML5 seems like the right step into the future, but we still tend to think about the technology as a future platform rather than present. It will all depend on the execution, though, and with the platform supporting various devices like smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and in-car infotainment systems, it seems prospectful. 

The MeeGo blog stressed the platform creators’ belief that “the future belongs to HTML5-based applications, outside of a relatively small percentage of apps, and we are firmly convinced that our investment needs to shift toward HTML5.”

The sad and long story of MeeGo started with Nokia’s Maemo and Intel’s Moblin, which were all developed as the future platforms of both companies. Nokia even released the Nokia N900 running Maemo in 2009, but it seems that the Finns put more emphasis on Symbian at the time and didn’t polish the new OS quick enough, so the N900 was seen as mostly a device for hardcore geeks and Nokia fans. After a couple of lost years of development, Nokia turned its back on Intel and surprisingly turned to Windows Phone as its main future platform.

Tizen and its first SDK release date is set for Q1 2012, with first devices expected to arrive around the middle of 2012.

source: Tizen via FT Deutschland (translated) 



1. shayan

Posts: 159; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

and is there still rumors of an open source bada? and a korean OS? whats with all these OSes? they should focus their resources on one good android and ios competitor...

3. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Samsung should sell Bada to Korea. Samsung should use this one. I mourn for MeeGo. :(

2. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

iOS, Android, WP7, bada, Symbian and now.... TIZEN? so crowded... just like the world... from 6 billion to 7 billion.

4. zazabichi unregistered

"it’s Samsung’s participation, but a range of other companies from the LiMo foundation will also join in: ACCESS, Panasonic Mobile, NEC Casio, NTT DoCoMo, Samsung, SK Telecom, Telefonica, and Vodafone are all included." It's very interesting that HTC is not listed. May the rumors about its acquisition of WebOS are right?

16. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Only at a very, very cheap price. Depends on how desperate HP is on dumping it. We can hope, but there hasn't been any real rumors lately. I am betting HTC is willing to gamble that Google will continue with Android despite their purchase of Motorola and that all lawsuits with Apple will be worked out in the next year or so. Between their big money maker with Android and the upside of WP, why invest in an ecosystem of your own software unless the price is really, really a no-brainer?


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Lol even before meegoo had a chance. Meegoo bye bye.

6. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

I hope this becomes a good competitor to android, but to be successful, i think it needs a more attractive name... Anyone else agree?

7. cyborg unregistered The right term is merger. PA be accurate.

8. dionddc

Posts: 129; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

The only 5 OS competitors I see at the moment are Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry (with QNX) and Bada. All these other OSs, like webOS, MeeGo, Symbian, the Korean OS and this new Tizen OS all look unlikely to reach a good position in the market this late in the game.

20. game unregistered

late in the game? I don't see a finish line in sight here.. sure, these OS's have a late start, but if one of these "other" OS's is revolutionary and catches the consumer's eye... especially at a time when I feel that Apple is peaking and will soon slide.. it could be RIPE for a new OS. The consumers will decide what OS's they like.. well if the carriers give it a chance. If we see a great innovative OS hit stateside, it will just put more pressure on Apple, MS, and Android to step up their game further.. a win/win for all of us.

9. antifanboy unregistered

I'm wondering what peterfromsweden is thinking abot that :)

12. badelemental unregistered

its certain that he will not be happy about because samsung resources now gonna split in developing two OSes. Also BADA 3.0 is coming so for now its not like bada will be merged with tarzen *cough* TIZEN

10. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

is this bad for bada?


Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

Peter will be licking his bruised a**

14. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Sounds like its a Samsung thing. Now that they played and won the the game, its time for others to play their game. Could this mean "good-bye" Android and hello Tizen? Since the announcement of Google/Moto merger, rumors flyin around some oems looking for their own OS.

17. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Development, as we have seen, doesn't mean it will make it to the light of day. These are a lot of names, but unless Samsung is willing to double down and dump Bada who is going to get the support on the hardware side? The market is still growing, but not like it was in 2007/2008. It is going to be real hard to get the foot in the door with a new OS. In 10 years from now, who knows if there will be different names at the top. But, this is super risky stuff here. How many more companies are going to be willing to take the plunge on the cost of development unless one of these actually takes off and becomes profitable?

18. ryq unregistered

if this became more successfull than windows then nokia can kick elop a.. out!

19. hari120

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

idiots. They should have gone wityh wat they had (meego). This idea might have been made by stupid samsung

22. nanozander

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Elope throws away a great OS for a half assed WP7. Where so many other companies can see the potential in meego, why the hell can't he??

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