MeeGo May Have a Future Afterall; Nokia to Get ‘Engineering Expertise’ from AMD

November 15, 2010, By Alex Ion

It’s a fact: Nokia is losing ground in the smartphone market. Symbian is dying slowly as people start thinking that the OS actually hates them (you do that when it stops working on you whenever you need it most), the flagship N8 has failed to impress, and MeeGo is far from grabbing attention. But at least MeeGo has potential, or maybe that’s what  AMD thinks about it as they have officially announced to start contributing ‘engineering expertise‘ to its development.

The interesting aspect of the partnership is that AMD is Intel’s oldest and most important “enemies”, while MeeGO is a Linux-based open source mobile operating system project that was announced in a join press conference by Nokia and … yes, you got that right … Intel.

While some would say it’s only about getting their name out there (PR initiative), in their press release today they said through Ben Bar-Haim’s voice (corporate vice president, software development, AMD), that “MeeGo represents an exciting, open-source mobile operating system we expect to be adopted by mobile and embedded device makers over time.”

“We are glad to provide engineering resources to joint industry efforts like MeeGo and expect that this operating system will help drive our embedded plans and create expanded market opportunities for our forthcoming Accelerated Processing Units,” he added.

Not sure just how great MeeGo will be now that AMD got involved, but being endorsed by three big players in the computing world could mean MeeGo is a power to be. Nokia only needs to start caring about their customers and GET THE JOB done, instead of announcing and delaying it so many times.

If you have the least interest in the smartphone market and the tablet arena, then this should be big news. MeeGo is just about to take off.

What do you guys think, other than wondering what’s going on over at the Intel and AMD headquarters now that they’ve decided to work/be involved in the same project?

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