Intel Optimistic After Nokia Jumps Ship

Intel CEO Paul Otellini has said that the company will look for new partners for its MeeGo platform after Nokia jumped the boat for Windows Phone 7.

Speaking during a meeting with analysts in London, Otellini said if it were up to him, he would have gone for Android over Windows Phone 7. He also added that Nokia's decision to drop Symbian and MeeGo for Windows Phone 7 was a financial decision, Reuters reported.

“I wouldn't have made the decision (Nokia CEO Stephen Elop) made, I would probably have gone to Android if I were him. MeeGo would have been the best strategy but he concluded he couldn't afford it,” he told analysts.

However, the Intel CEO seemed optimistic about its open source MeeGo platform and said that it would look for another partner.

“We will find other partners. The carriers still want a third ecosystem and the carriers want an open ecosystem, and that's the thing that drives our motivation,” he said.

Ross Rubin, director of industry analysis for consumer technology at industry research firm NPD Group, said the future could be on various hardware, as "there is more to MeeGo than smartphones." He noted that Intel will be offering the OS for use in motor-vehicle systems, and Intel has said that MeeGo will begin showing up in tablets sometime this year.