MeeGo for Tablet Looks Gorgeous
While the demo shown is for Intel’s and Nokia’s MeeGo operating system collaboration, the features on MeeGo’s tablet edition would look great on a wide screen phone with extra width for real estate. While some features, like an app drawer, are similar to Android’s operating system, other features such as task switcher and task management are more similar to Nokia’s Maemo 5 operating system as well as the new Symbian^3.
Intel and Nokia have promised that MeeGo will also be headed for the smartphone market and the companies’ works for the mobile OS on the tablet may give indication of what is to come for the smartphone side, much like how iOS is scalable from the iPad to the iPhone. Attractive transitions, smooth animations, and powerful multitasking are notable features that would most likely make it from MeeGo’s tablet demo to a smartphone as the the current generation Maemo 5–of which MeeGo is set to replace–is already capable of those things.
At one point, LG had shown off a MeeGo phone called the LG GW990. The handset debuted with Intel’s Moblin OS, but was later said to be running Meego as Intel joined its Moblin operating system with Nokia’s Maemo to arrive with MeeGo. That handset was later said to be cancelled by LG, which later clarified to state that it’s more of a proof of concept than a production model for the company. The feature that was attractive for the LG GW990 is its wide screen format, which could house two window panes side by side so either you can run two apps or have the main app running on one pane and the settings control for the app running in a second pane, bringing more of a “Windows” interface in an attractive UI to the smartphone market. A multi-pane approach on the smartphone side would give MeeGo a differentiating factor from other smartphones and would bring the smartphone UI closer to that on a tablet, much like what Apple had done for the iPad.
Maemo 5’s limiting feature for mass-scale, wide adoption was its target at the niche hacker/developer audience. While there are plenty of applications that pro-users could install, the number of apps created for Maemo 5 specifically was limited. Hopefully, MeeGo, as the evolution of Maemo 5, will see more apps to compete against more consumer-oriented operating systems such as Android, Symbian, and the iPhone.