Linux Foundation switches MeeGo TV on
The Linux Foundation has announced the creation of the MeeGo Smart TV Working Group. The working group is to be tasked with looking at how to use MeeGo in the new "Smart TV" market of internet connected TVs and set top boxes. Among the participants in the group are Intel, Nokia, MIPS, Telecom Italia and Amino Communications. The working group will expand MeeGo's reach from it's current target devices: netbooks, tablets and automotive systems.
The group will have its first meeting in April and will be submitting code to produce twice yearly releases (in the first and third quarters of the year) as it establishes how to make use of the MeeGo Linux platform and it's Qt based user interface. The working group will also have to working out how to create a 10 foot user interface for MeeGo devices which have, to date, been focussed on touch or handheld interfaces.
The relative lack of success of Google TV to date will mean that the market is still wide open for a platform supported by multiple vendors to deliver TV content taken from broadcast, cable, satellite and internet sources. Previously, MeeGo had been listed as addressing mobile phones, but with Nokia's abandoning of MeeGo as it's "primary phone platform", the Linux Foundation has dropped references to mobile phones as part of MeeGo's target marker. Intel said at the time it would look for other partners for MeeGo development and the creation of the Smart TV working group may well be part of Foundation's response to that desire.