MeeGo 1.2 To Be Integrated Into Multiple Operating Systems

The MeeGo Conference is under way in San Francisco today, and it's just unleashed its first bit of good news for loyal MeeGo developers. MeeGo version 1.2 was just released recently to support Intel Atom and ARMv7 based tablets, netbooks, and in-vehicle systems. And now, at least four companies have confirmed that they will be incorporating MeeGo 1.2.

Linpus, 4tiltoo AG, China Standard Software Company, and Red Flag Software have all revealed that they will be delivering the first MeeGo-based tablet operating systems that will feature a MeeGo-based user interface. The Linpus and RedFlag Software MeeGo-based operating systems will also support netbooks. The current MeeGo 1.2 will also be integrated into Red Flag's in-vehicle infotainment operating system.

Despite Nokia's jumping ship to Microsoft's Windows Phone platform for its future devices, MeeGo-based phones are still on their way. Back in February, Nokia hinted at a N950 MeeGo phone, which was rumored to be unveiled at the MeeGo Conference. And now that the conference is here, we'll see if it shows up.

Press Release:

Red Flag Software Announces Tablet OS Based on MeeGo v1.2

SAN FRANCISCO, May 23, 2011 – Today at the MeeGo* Conference, Red Flag Software, the largest and most rapidly developed Linux vendor in China, announced plans to deliver one of the first tablet operating systems based on the MeeGo open source software platform.

The Red Flag Midinux Tablet Edition operating system will incorporate the MeeGo v1.2 common code base and a user experience built by Red Flag Software that uses the MeeGo user interface building blocks and demonstrates the flexibility MeeGo offers companies to differentiate their products. The tablet demonstration will be unveiled at Computex in Taipei May 31 to June 4, 2011.

Red Flag Midinux Tablet Edition is a MeeGo v1.2 compatible turn-key solution optimized for Intel® Atom™ processors. Red Flag offers full commercial support for customers with MeeGo-compliant pre-integrated and pre-validated 3rd party applications. Working with open source and commercial applications, Red Flag provides differentiated value-add service for customers.

"MeeGo will benefit our Midinux product line by spanning multiple platforms from Embedded devices to desktop computing," Said Xingguo Shi, vice president of Red Flag, "Midinux Tablet Edition offers ease of use and better finger operation on the device. To most of our customers, Midinux means rapid customization, commercial quality and seamless transition from now on."

MeeGo is an open source operating system project governed by the Linux Foundation. MeeGo provides an operating system framework optimized for Intel® Atom™ processor-based devices across platforms, including netbooks, tablets, in-vehicle infotainment system, handhelds and more.

"MeeGo continues to gain momentum as evidenced by Red Flag's commitment to creating Midinux Tablet with MeeGo v1.2," said Ram Peddibhotla, director System Software Marketing, Software and Services Group, Intel. "The MeeGo software platform gives developers a faster and easy way to deliver intuitive and compelling user experiences. MeeGo provides a world of opportunities for device manufacturers and operating system vendors alike."

In addition to the Red Flag Midinux Tablet Edition operating system, Red Flag plans to upgrade their MeeGo based in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) products and Netbook inMini 2010 to MeeGo v1.2. Red Flag's MeeGo-based IVI operating systems are shipping today with BlueStar systems in Hawtai B11 and Geely EC8 cars in China.