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03 June 2010, 16:48

Intel demos MeeGo for tablets, netbooks and touch screen PCs

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Zoom Intel showed off MeeGo running on a Moorestown-based tablet.
At this year's Computex PC trade show taking place in Taiwan, Intel has been demonstrating and discussing a number of reference MeeGo devices, including tablets, netbooks, touch screen PCs and even navigation infotainment systems. The devices are based on a slightly modified version of the recent 1.0 Core Software Platform release and on the MeeGo Netbook User Experience.

The reference MeeGo Tablet on display is running an Intel Moorestown Atom processor, features a 10-inch screen and supports multi-touch input. The tablet user interface consists of a home screen with a number of program icons and easy access to, for example, recently viewed web pages, recently viewed videos, and feeds from sites like Twitter and Facebook. A hands-on video of the Atom-based tablet running MeeGo is available in a post on the Intel Atom Developer Program blog.

MeeGo, a Linux distribution for mobile devices, is also being shown on netbook and touch screen enabled PCs. However, the smartphone on display was running a standard desktop. The smartphone version of MeeGo, the "Handset User Experience" for smartphones, is expected to arrive later this month. Intel also announced that it would be bringing MeeGo to navigation and to in-vehicle information systems. The company has already struck a deal with Chinese carmaker HawTai AutoMobile.

The 1.0 release of MeeGo is primarily aimed at developers. The next major update to MeeGo, version 1.1, is expected to arrive in October of this year.

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