MeeGo, the operating system resulting from the marriage between Intel's Moblin platform and Nokia's Maemo OS, is almost here. The solution enjoys support from a wide range of companies in the telecoms area, and new info on its roadmap, coupled with some screenshots and a series of details involving developers, are now available.
Intel talked MeeGo at IDF, and it also published a series of slides detailing plans for the platform. The OS is meant to fit with a wider range of devices than just smartphones, yet the screenshots attached to this article show only what the UI of the 1.0 build would look on handsets. The release is expected for May, a recent post on carrypad notes, so we'll have to wait for that to happen to learn exactly what MeeGo will bring to mobile phones.
In the meantime, we should take a look at the handheld feature list available via a slide from Intel, which shows that MeeGo handsets are set to arrive with a Core M2 HandSet UX, based on Intel UX design. Devices should come with about all the features present on current smartphones, including 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, camera, social networking integration, LBS, cloud syncing, or Internet browsing capabilities (Mozilla's Fennec browser).
“You’ll also get Flash support. Contacts and dialer functions will be integrated (as you’d expect) and there will be VOIP (it will be interesting to see if carriers want that ripped out) and instant messaging, […] The key date for me is the v1.1 release in the latter part of October. That’s when the MeeGo Summit is likely to occur and it’s right in the Q4 timeframe for product availability,” the article on carrypad reads. More details on the time table can be found in the diagram bellow.
Until more details on the MeeGo platform emerge, have a look at the screenshots available now, so as to make an idea on what to expect from it.