Computex: Intel outs Acer's Affair with MeeGo
Subject: Mobile | June 1, 2010 - 05:15 PM | Jonathan Hung
Currently Android and Windows are probably the two best known OSes for
tablets, netbooks, and other portable devices (well, there's the iPhone
too, but that's only one vendor). But there is an upcoming darling in
the industry called MeeGo and they are
an alternative to the Big 3 and offers an interesting platform for
portable computers and small devices. What makes MeeGo different from
the rest is that it is an open source project and supported
by some big names: Intel, Nokia, Electronic Arts, Acer, Asus, and
BMW. (Yes, *that* BMW).
During Intel's keynote at Computex today, Intel revealed that Acer will
be releasing products based on MeeGo, making it the first major notebook
OEM I know of to offer the open source platform.
According to the Intel press release, Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci states:
"Acer will be ready with MeeGo-based mobile devices," said Lanci.
"MeeGo's open software platform will present our customers with another
choice of a friendly, easy-to-use operating system. We are pleased to
collaborate with Intel in our continuous drive to provide effortless
technologies that empower people at work, home - anytime, anywhere."
No word on when such devices will come to the market, but this Christmas
is looking to be a very interesting time frame with a bunch of new
slates, handhelds, and related software from Asus, Acer, Lenovo, HP,
Apple, and Google.
Engadget also had a chance to get hands-on with an alpha
build of a MeeGo Intel tablet based off the Moorestown platform. It
looks very impressive.
the complete Intel press release here.