Intel & Nokia Formally Launch Meego

Intel Corp., and Nokia Inc., have rolled out the Meego mobile platform, which has been developed by the two companies in a joint venture, using the Maemo and Moblin Linux-based operating systems.

The platform, which is being promoted as an open-source haven, has been released to the developer community, allowing them to test the platform and create applications based on it.

Meego was unveiled some time back as a joint venture between Nokia and Intel, using Nokia's Maemo OS and Intel's Moblin OS.

Commenting on the launch of the open source platform, the two companies said in a joint statement that “This is the latest step in the full merger of Maemo and Moblin, and we are happy to open the repositories and move the ongoing development work into the open - as we set out to do from the beginning.”

However, Intel and Nokia are launching their Meego OS for mobile internet devices, when the iPhone OS is the 'apple' of everyone's eyes and Google's Android OS platform is coming of age.

Whatever their plans might be, the companies will have to overcome several barriers if they want to carve a niche for Meego in the operating system market.