Intel and Nokia have just taken their relationship up one level. The two companies have announced today that they will be combining their Linux operating systems (Cnet) together. This new OS, a synthesis of Moblin and Maemo, will be named MeeGo. Eventually, it will power smartphones, netbooks, tablets, connected TVs and in-vehicle systems.
By merging both system's APIs together, Intel and Nokia will make future development work much easier. Apps that run on either Maemo or Moblin will still work in MeeGo. The new OS will support ARM and Intel chips, and will be primarily intended for high-end devices that go beyond what traditional smartphones are capable of.
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Nokia will still use Symbian for their various smartphone launches. Applications created to run on MeeGo can be easily recompiled to run on Symbian. Nokia's Ovi Store and Intel's AppUp center will both provide apps for the merged OS. Expect to see the first MeeGo-running products hit stores in 2H 2010.