Is LG stepping into the MeeGo void?

Is LG stepping into the MeeGo void?The open-source MeeGo platform has been largely in limbo since Nokia's shock announcement in February that it was hitching up its smartphone operations to Windows Phone 7 instead.

But the wheels may be about to start moving again after it emerged today that LG has joined a working group aimed at developing a mobile handset version of the software. 

MeeGo was formed through the merger of Nokia's existing Maemo platform and Intel's Moblin, but the project started to come under scrutiny over the length of time it seemed to be taking to get any actual consumer devices off the ground.

Ironically, Nokia's pullout came just days before the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9 was expected to be revealed at Mobile World Congress – a device we'll likely now never see.

LG joins the likes of ZTE and China Mobile on the MeeGo working group, and is clearly looking to fill the considerable void left by the Finnish phone firm's withdrawal.

Speaking at a developer conference earlier today, Valtteri Halla, a member of a MeeGo technical steering group who was previously involved in working on Maemo, said things were moving forward again: “it's opening opportunities for the others to come in. Discussions are taking place. You'll see things coming out this year, pretty soon.”

Despite having hitched its wagon to Microsoft's post, Nokia has confirmed that it still plans on releasing its first – and last – consumer device running MeeGo later this year, though details are still thin on the ground.

Via Reuters

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 15, 2011 at 19:08

Good. Hope it's better than Samsung's LiMo effort ;)

morpheus  Apr. 15, 2011 at 20:25

I have the LG Optimus 2X and Android has been absolutely DESTROYED by LG.. I would have sent the phone back if it wasn't for the Android community developing custom roms for it. On that basis I would never buy anything LG again, especially if they are developing the software on it.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 16, 2011 at 06:58

Interestig - cause the original Viewty was the first and last LG device I bought. Without any philosophical basis, I just never liked a single one of their products.

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