Nokia Dropped MeeGo in Favor of Microsoft but Other Companies Remain Interested in Operating System

By Ed Silverstein April 19, 2011

Nokia has dropped the MeeGo operating system in favor of Microsoft but other technology companies appear increasingly interested in MeeGo, according to news reports.

Reuters said LG Electronics – as well as other companies – is looking into opportunities with the Linux-based MeeGo operating system.

LG Electronics is now part of a working group for a handset version of the MeeGo software, Reuters said. Other companies involved in the group include ZTE and China Mobile, Reuters adds.

MeeGo is an open source project managed by the Linux Foundation.

Officially, LG told Reuters that LG has no plans to “mass produce devices with MeeGo other than car infotainment systems.”

MeeGo came about with the “merger of Nokia and Intel's Linux-based platforms, but Nokia pulled back from the project in February when the Finnish firm said it would focus on Microsoft software instead,” Reuters said.

"Discussions are taking place. You'll see things coming out this year, pretty soon," MeeGo’s Valtteri Halla, added at a recent developer conference, Reuters said.

Halla contends that Nokia's previous dominance prevented other phone manufacturers from adopting the operating system, Reuters reports.

The MeeGo OS can already be found on tablets, but so far no smartphones are available that use MeeGo.

MeeGo is targeting netbooks, desktops, handheld computing and communications devices, in-vehicle infotainment devices, connected TVs, and media phones, the project said on its website.

In other recent news about LG Electronics, a report carried by TechZone360 said LG has sponsored Lagos NYSC camp activities. By sponsoring the activities, LG bonded with hundreds of youngsters from different parts of the country, TechZone360 said. The youth market is a major part of its consumer base.

Winners of different camp activities received prizes such as LG Mobile phones and electrical appliances, TechZone360 said.

Ed Silverstein is a TechZone360 contributor. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

TechZone360 Contributor

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