Nokia may be planning to launch the first MeeGo smartphone, but it’s not the only name in town when it comes to the burgeoning operating system. Aava has been working on putting Intel chips in smartphones since last year, and now it may be ready to show off the latest of what it’s been working on, as the company is reportedly planning a demo of its Core platform, a dual MeeGo/Android solution, at this year’s Mobile World Congress.
While the thought of a manufacturer selling smartphones intentionally designed to support multiple operating systems, rather than leave it to phone enthusiasts to come up with their own hacks, is very alluring, don’t get too excited just yet; Aava won’t likely sell its phones to end-users. Instead, developers will use them in the process of designing their own smartphone platforms.
The Aava Core is an integrated system designed to give potential smartphone designers a head start, providing a pre-designed hardware configuration for engineers to customize. Like the Nokia N9-01 we looked at earlier today, Core is projected to use an Intel Medfield Atom processor, presumably also running around 1.6GHz.
If we’re lucky, Core-based production-line phones may be available in the future, but there’s no telling if the final products would maintain their dual-use features, or end up locked to one OS by their designers.