Orange has just announced that it will be offering bringing the Intel and Nokia’s MeeGo platform to its handsets by the end of 2010. Hopefully it’ll refrain from committing any of the patent infringements that Apple has accused HTC of in this week’s big tech lawsuit.
The platform – a place for media, apps and services to live and thrive together – is based on a linux system that borrows various elements from Intel’s Moblin OS for MIDs and Maemo, which is Nokia’s new operating system du jour.
Orange’s Yves Maitre says of the news that the “collaboration with Intel on the MeeGo software platform will not only ensure a broader choice in terms of screens and devices, but that customers continue to benefit from a consistent user experience delivered through Orange Signature services.”
The platform is designed to be able to fit a multitude of different machines, including mobile phones, MIDs, tablets and netbooks – basically anything using Intel’s Atom Chipset. Currently planned for MeeGo are Orange TV and Orange Maps, but it’ll no doubt look to be a home for a myriad apps by the time it starts landing on Orange Nokia phones at the end of the year.
Maitre went on to claim that "seventy-five percent of our customer base has yet to embrace the mobile internet.” He suggested that Orange’s role is to make sure that its customers’ journey into “this richer mobile multimedia environment is simple and easy."
He’s not wrong on any count; there certainly are many mobile operating systems vying for your cash these days, but if Orange, Intel and Nokia can work on something fluid, simple and easy then we’re all for it. More news when we have it.
Link: Via IT Pro Portal