Nokia and Intel, a short while back announced the merger of Maemo and Moblin to create MeeGo, a Linux-based software platform meant to work on a range of hardware architectures and devices like mobile computers, netbooks, tablets, mediaphones, connected TVs and in-vehicle infotainment systems.

The first release of MeeGo is expected in Q2 of 2010 and the first MeeGo-based devices are expected to be launched later this year, i.e 2010.

MeeGo will be an open software platform which will be hosted by the Linux Foundation and use the best practices of open source development.

MeeGo will not be a Nokia or Intel only OS but is expected to be running on various manufacturers’ devices. So it is very well possible to see a Samsung or a Sony Ericsson running MeeGo in some form or the other on their devices.

On the developer front, developers will be able to use Qt to develop applications for a variety of devices and platforms, and market them through Nokia’s Ovi Store (for Nokia devices) and Intel’s AppUp Center for the remaining devices by other manufacturers.

One of the highlights of this new OS is that users will be able to easily move their applications from one device to another and use the same applications on a range of different devices.

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, CEO – Nokia had this to say,

MeeGo will drive an even wider range of Internet computing and communication experiences for consumers, on new types of mobile devices. Through open innovation, MeeGo will create an ecosystem that is second to none, drawing in players from different industries. It will support a range of business models across the value chain, building on the experience and expertise of Nokia, Intel and all those who will join us. Simply put, MeeGo heralds a new era of mobile computing.

Intel president and CEO, Paul Ottileni added,

Our vision for seamlessly communicating between computing devices from the home, auto, office or your pocket is taking a big step forward today with the introduction of MeeGo. This is a foundational step in our evolving relationship with Nokia. The merging of these two important assets into an open source platform is critical toward providing a terrific experience across a variety of devices and gaining cross- industry support.

It cannot be confirmed whether the N900 will get a MeeGo update. But rest assured we will let you know when and if it happens.

MeeGo’s website is also up, head on to www.meego.com for more info.

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