Intel and Nokia hop in mobile bed together

Intel and Nokia said they would merge their Moblin and Maemo mobile software platforms to create MeeGo, a Linux-based platform that will support the broadest range of hardware architecture.

MeeGo enables an open ecosystem for devices beyond phones to include pocket computers, netbooks, tablets, connected TVs and in-vehicle infotainment systems, the firms said.

MeeGo builds on the capabilities of the Moblin core operating system and adds the Qt application development environment. Developers can use Qt to to create applications for a variety of devices and platforms, and market them through Nokia's Ovi Store and Intel AppUpSM Center.

The development explains Nokia's absence from the Wholesale App Community also announced today.

MeeGo will be hosted by the Linux Foundation and governed using the best practices of the open source development model. The first release of MeeGo is expected in the second quarter of 2010 with devices launching later in the year.

This announcement builds on the companies' broad strategic collaboration announced in June 2009.

Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini called the announcemnmet a "foundational step" in Intel's evolving relationship with Nokia. "The merging of these two important assets into an open source platform is critical toward providing a terrific experience across a variety of devices and gaining cross-industry support.

"Our vision for seamlessly communicating between computing devices from the home, auto, office or your pocket is taking a big step forward today with the introduction of MeeGo," he said.

Since MeeGo will run on multiple device types, users can take their apps with them when they change devices

The first release of MeeGo is targeted for the second quarter of this year.