Nokia’s wiping its hands of MeeGo with the release of its N9, leaving us curious what would become of the young OS. We weren’t sure if the other half of the partnership, Intel, would be sticking around, either, and had considered the possibility that Samsung might be interested in picking up where the others had left off. It now looks like MeeGo as we’ve known it is finished, and the companies that were still interested in it are redirecting their energy towards a new open source project, for a platform called Tizen.
Tizen is backed not just by Intel and Samsung, but by others from the LiMo Foundation, as well. While we’re most interested in what Tizen could mean for smartphones, the project’s goals see the OS finding a home in everything from TVs to cars.
Apps will be largely crafted using HTML5, hopefully helping to speed development and allow for ease of porting. An SDK to get developers started making Tizen apps should be out early next year, with commercial Tizen hardware following several months later.
Should Android fans be worried about Tizen threatening to split their user base, letting Apple regain ground? Maybe someday, but there’s a good chance that Tizen, like so many other operating systems, will take some time and a few new releases before it really starts to feel like a mature OS.