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Intel may back off MeeGo development

Intel may back off MeeGo development

The future of the open-source MeeGo OS platform for mobile devices, once a joint effort between Intel and Nokia, continues to look dreary. Nokia has already abandoned ship for Microsoft, leaving Intel the lone parent of MeeGo, which will really need the support of the community now that Intel is reportedly also backing off on development for the platform.

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Dell Athens & Sparta netbooks tipped, plus Looking Glass Pro HD tablet

Dell Athens & Sparta netbooks tipped, plus Looking Glass Pro HD tablet

Dell have been piloting a pretty leaky ship recently, with smartphones and tablets spilling out all over the place, and next up are the company's MID, netbook and tablet intentions.  AndroidCentral have acquired an image showing that Dell plan a convertible netbook/tablet, the "Sparta" in Q3 2011, which will have a nifty rotating touchscreen that pivots within its bezel, and a "true" netbook, the "Athens", later that quarter.  Going by the logos, they'll be available either with Android or Moblin (though we're guessing the latter was used prior to the Nokia/Intel MeeGo announcement).

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Aava Mobile Intel Moorestown MID hands-on

Aava Mobile Intel Moorestown MID hands-on

Intel brought along their second Moorestown-based MID to MWC 2010, made by Aava Mobile, and we grabbed a chance to try out both the Moblin and the Android versions.  No matter the OS, the hardware is the same: a considerable touchscreen, WiFi and 3G, along with the usual sensors - GPS, accelerometer, digital compass - and both front and rear facing cameras.

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Nokia and Intel launch MeeGo: Moblin and Maemo merge

Nokia and Intel launch MeeGo: Moblin and Maemo merge

Nokia and Intel have announced a partnership to combine their mobile software platforms into one, MeeGo, which will be suitable for smartphones, MIDs, netbooks, smartbooks and other mobile devices.  The platform will be based on the best of the Moblin core OS, together with the best of Maemo, with the Qt app development platform on top, and offer access both to the Nokia Ovi Store and the Intel AppUp Center; applications downloaded will be compatible across mobile devices, whether a MeeGo smartphone or tablet.

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Qualcomm working with OS devs for “two-handed smartphone” Smartbook platform

Qualcomm working with OS devs for “two-handed smartphone” Smartbook platform

On of CES' more interesting launches will be the Lenovo Smartbook, the first confirmed model of the new segment.  While Lenovo themselves have been frustratingly quiet regarding the Smartbook's specifications, and the segment as a whole is relatively poorly understood, a recent interview with Qualcomm's Steve Mollenkopf has got us wondering just how the platform will be differentiated from regular netbooks.  Mollenkopf describes them as representing a new paradigm: "a smartphone-type operating system, but for a two-handed device".

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Google Chrome OS benchmarked already: falls well short

Google Chrome OS benchmarked already: falls well short

Benchmarking the very earliest publicly-available code for Google Chrome OS seems destined to only highlight the platform's early stage of development, especially when you throw rivals such as Moblin 2.1, Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.10, Fedora 12 and openSUSE 11.2 into the mixture.  Still, that's just what Phoronix have done, and unsurprisingly the new Google netbook OS came in last position.

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Intel Atom N470 comes with looser netbook spec restrictions

Intel Atom N470 comes with looser netbook spec restrictions

If you've dipped even the tiniest of toes into the tech world this past twelve months, you'll likely have noticed the cookie-cutter spec sheets for netbooks.  Intel and Microsoft's policies on exactly how big a hard-drive, how much RAM and other elements of a netbook's make-up have hamstrung what could've potentially been a hugely innovative segment into little more than a matter of aesthetics.  Unfortunately neither company plans to lift those regulations any time soon, but we're hearing at least that with the advent of the Intel Atom N470 the bar will be raised somewhat.

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Intel Moorestown Moblin v2.1 MID gets hands-on demo [Video]

Intel Moorestown Moblin v2.1 MID gets hands-on demo [Video]

Intel have rolled out plenty of mockups, conceptual art, non-functional prototypes and fancy slides over the past few months to show us what Moblin running on a Moorsetown-based MID might look like, but we've had to wait until IDF this past week to get a decent sighting of the platform in action.  MID Moves sat down with an Inventec prototype running Moblin 2.1; you can see their hands-on video after the cut.

Video demo after the cut

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Dell launch Mini 10v Moblin Edition netbook for devs [Video]

Dell launch Mini 10v Moblin Edition netbook for devs [Video]

Dell have announced their first netbook running Intel's Moblin platform, and it's available for developers to buy now.  The Dell Inspiron Mini 10v Ubuntu Moblin Remix Edition is priced at $299 and comes with the usual Mini 10v specification - Atom N270 processor, 1GB of RAM, 160GB hard-drive - but uses Canonical's combination of the core Moblin Version 2.0 interface, libraries, and applications with the internals of Ubuntu Linux 9.04.

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