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23 June 2010, 12:50

Meego marches forward on handsets and tablets

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MeeGo Logo Nokia has confirmed that it now plans to release a preliminary version of its MeeGo platform for handsets on the 30th of June. The Linux-based distribution for mobile devices is the result of the February decision to merge Intel's Moblin platform and Nokia's Maemo platform under the aegis of the Linux Foundation.

According to Nokia's director of MeeGo software Valtteri Halla, the preview release will include additional details about the handset version of MeeGo aimed at mobile phones and provide an SDK for developers. Halla says that, "It's what we call Day One for the MeeGo handset release," noting that, "The productised release of the software is still (set for release in) October of this year, but this is a kind of pre-Alpha release."

A demo video of a pre-alpha version of MeeGo 1.1 for tablets has been posted online. The video previews the operating system's touch user interface, which automatically creates thumbnails of visited web pages, viewed images and videos for its home screen. Updates from, for example, Flickr, MySpace,, Facebook, Twitter and other social networks are streamed via the 'Friends' feed. Other content, including recently opened books, music and video are also displayed and a simple interface with a dockable task bar is built-in.

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