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17 February 2011, 15:09

MeeGo: "We will find other partners", says Intel CEO

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Intel's CEO, Paul Otellini told analysts that Intel "will find other partners" for the MeeGo project after Nokia's decision to drop the Linux based operating system as its primary smartphone platform, and switch to using Windows Phone 7.

Otellini said "The carriers still want a third ecosystem and the carriers want an open ecosystem", according to a Reuters report. Otellini characterised Nokia's decision as a financial one, noting he wouldn't have made the same decision that Nokia's CEO, Stephen Elop made. "I would probably have gone with Android if I were him", said Otellini, adding, "MeeGo would have been the best strategy but he [Elop] concluded he couldn't afford it."

Earlier in the week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Intel was telling the press that MeeGo "was not an Intel and Nokia effort; it was an industry effort". Nokia's decision will mean Intel will probably look for more partners in in-car infotainment with GENIVI, netbooks and tablets and connected TV, rather than delivering a version suitable for phone handsets.

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