Intel Shows Off MeeGo 1.0

Intel’s Developer Forum is now being held in Beijing and the company is seizing this opportunity to show off its latest attempt at entering the mobile and netbook computing industry in a bigger way — MeeGo. MeeGo is the result of a cross-pollination between Intel’s Moblin and Nokia’s Maemo 5. If you don’t remember this from this years MWC — both companies abandoned their respective nascent mobile OS projects in favor of this joint venture that they call MeeGo.

MeeGo works on a cross platform QT framework that is commonly used for app development in Linux environments. Intel showed of it’s own iteration of MeeGo and it looked like the UI has remained much the same as it was on Moblin. So this makes us wonder if Nokia will also make their version have the same UI as Maemo and only share the framework that ties the two as one. But in that case, the apps that they share in common might look a bit out of place on one or both.

Intel displayed multiple deployments of the MeeGo 1.0 – TV, netbook, mobile phone and kiosk. The demoes reportedly displayed the ability to sync up with each other and pull media files and play them back from the point where they were left off on the other device.

Embedded above is the video of MeeGo running on a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom netbook. The UI uses tabs to separate major zones like real time social networking updates, applications, contacts, etc. The switching looks fast enough for a 1.6 GHz netbook but it remains to be seen how well it performs on less powerful devices under real life conditions.

MeeGo will be tied to both Nokia’s Ovi Store and Intel’s AppUp store based on what kind of a device it is running on. Consumers can get their hands on MeeGo phones later this year with the latest N900 and LG GW990 running on it.

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Intel’s Own Beta Version Of The App Store Coming To More Countries Soon

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At the last IDF, Intel made quite a few important announcements and one of them was the up coming app store for the Atom/Moblin platform with the Atom developer initiative. Well, months have passed and that store has been shaping up gradually but so far it has been restricted to only the US and Canada. That will now change, finally, come the end of this month.

On the 31st of March, Intel will make their app store, named AppUp, available in 27 countries. All of these countries will have app prices displayed in their local currencies. But everything will still be in English. Intel is working on translations and localized language options will be made available after this lanch.

This app store will support Mobile 2.1 applications, which will add to the existing support for the Windows-based netbooks. According to Intel, the AppUp store will (hopefully) come pre-installed on netbooks from various companies — including Acer, Asus, Dell, Samsung and the others. But this will only happen when the AppUp center finally graduates from beta and enters the world of mainstream solutions. Working on such a broad scale makes it hard to accomplish such goals. So it might be a while before they accomplish that.

Once it is out of beta, the AppUp center will carry all the different kinds of apps that are popular in the market. They will include games, social media apps, social networking apps and hopefully much more. Educational apps are also likely to feature prominently because of the relatively low cost of Atom devices.

This venture is Intel’s attempt to ensure a secure hold on the market as well as increase revenue from the Atom line. Intel currently not selling as many mainstream chips as it would like and it seems Atom as the future with all the focus now being shifted to portable, handheld devices.

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