Tablets with Intel's Meego OS coming in second quarter

Intel has been investing heavily in the development of Meego, which is a lightweight Linux OS for tablets, smartphones and embedded devices. Thus far, Meego has not been offered by any tablet or netbook vendor.

Tablets and netbooks based on Intel's Meego OS are expected to start shipping in the second quarter this year, a source familiar with Intel's plans said on Friday.

Intel has been investing heavily in the development of Meego, which is a lightweight Linux OS for tablets, smartphones and embedded devices. Thus far, Meego has not been offered by any tablet or netbook vendor.

Meego is currently in version 1.1, with version 1.2 due for release between April 21 and April 27, according to the Meego roadmap.

An Intel official declined to say when Meego-based tablets and netbooks would come out, saying the company doesn't comment on unannounced products. However in the past Asustek Computer and Acer have voiced support for Meego.

Intel has already shown Meego on tablets. The demonstration highlighted the multitasking capabilities of the OS, with the ability to run multiple applications at the same time, and allowing up to five users to play a game simultaneously.

With Meego, Intel hopes to provide an OS optimized for a range of low-power devices based on its Atom processor. Atom competes with the ARM processor, which is used in most tablets including Apple's iPad and Samsung's Galaxy Tab. Intel is also porting Android 3.0, code-named Honeycomb to work on Atom chips.

Meego was originally announced in February last year by Intel and Nokia. The OS merged Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo OSes, and development is now being managed by The Linux Foundation.

Devices based on Intel's latest Oak Trail tablet chip, which is based on an Atom processor, are expected to reach the market by either late this quarter or early next quarter. Intel is also expected to talk about its latest smartphone chip, code-named Medfield, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from Feb. 14 to Feb. 17.

The Meego OS will vie for market share with tablet OSes including Google's Android and Apple's iOS. Canonical in the past has said it would come out with a version of the Ubuntu OS for tablets.

While the company doesn't have commercial tablet customers, automobile alliance Genivi Alliance said it would standardize on the adoption of MeeGo for use in in-vehicle entertainment and Internet systems. Genivi Alliance members include BMW and General Motors.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags tabletsmeegonetbooks

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Agam Shah

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?