Intel shows off MeeGo devices
Intel has showcased a selection of enticing features for its forthcoming Linux OS, MeeGo.
MeeGo is a joint venture with Nokia and is built on their Moblin and Maemo mobile OSes. Unlike rival operating systems, MeeGo is intended to “support multiple hardware architectures across the broadest range of device segments, including pocketable mobile computers, netbooks, tablets, mediaphones, connected TVs and in-vehicle infotainment systems.”
It was a promise Intel was keen to build on when demonstrating MeeGo 1.0 at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing.
Intel demonstrated how video running on a MeeGo netbook could be seamlessly transferred to a HD television running the same operating system
For example, Intel demonstrated how video running on a MeeGo netbook could be seamlessly transferred to a HD television running the same operating system, with video playback synchronised between the two devices. That was further extended to a MeeGo smartphone, allowing users to start watching a video on their computer, leave the house, and then pick up where they left off on their mobile.
MeeGo is seamlessly integrated with an Intel app store, which detects when users are trying to play back unsupported media, and offers to download the relevant player from the store.
Intel also demonstrated how MeeGo could be used by retailers, showing the OS running on a shopping centre computer. The shopping centre display pulls up information on restaurants in the area and downloads it, along with special-offer coupons and other extras, onto shoppers’ MeeGo smartphones.
The MeeGo interface is heavily based on Moblin. A tabbed bar across the top of the screen is used for navigation, with a variety of different features including contacts and social-networking posts pulled together on the main interface.
All content is stored in the cloud, to make it available on any MeeGo device in any location.
Click here to see a demonstration of MeeGo on a netbook.