Just as Microsoft has set its requirements for Windows Phone 7 hardware, in order to ensure minimum performance and quality standards, the cabal behind the open-source MeeGo operating system has revealed some of the specs that are going to be required of devices running future versions of the software.
Intel, Nokia, and now AMD are behind MeeGo development, which just made it to version 1.1. The system is based on a Linux core, like Android, and can adopt a variety of user interfaces to make it useful in devices like car navigation systems in addition to smartphones.
During the 2010 MeeGo Conference in Dublin, wrapping up today, the MeeGo team revealed that gadgets running MeeGo 1.2 will need a minimum of 512MB of RAM and a main CPU running at 600MHz or better. While those are a far cry from WP7 minimum specs, it will at least give developers a lowest common denominator to design apps around. Smartphones with MeeGo 1.2 will need GSM connectivity, with CDMA not on the table for this next release.
My Nokia Blog reported that those tweeting the conference noted there’s no set resolution, or even aspect ratio, in the announced specs. That could spell trouble for developers, needing to make sure apps display properly across a range of dissimilar screens.
Currently, MeeGo runs on Nokia’s N900 and a selection of netbook computers, though the OS isn’t the default installation for the N900. Nokia’s first straight-MeeGo handset should be out next year. Version 1.2 of MeeGo is likely to be released around April, with 1.3 following in October.
Source: My Nokia Blog