We know that MeeGo is now a dead OS after Nokia shifted its focus to Windows Phone OS. Intel was left behind to take control of MeeGo but for all intents and purposes, the OS has already faced its end. What happens to Meego now since a few devices running on this OS have been released in the market, including the Nokia N9?
The answer is Tizen, another Linux-based OS that will be open source like MeeGo and will be developed as a device software platform. The Tizen project will be hosted by the Linux Foundation and a steering group lead by Intel and Samsung will lead the development. Also said to be contributing to the development of Tizen is the LiMo Foundation, a group consisting of ACCESS, Panasonic Mobile, NEC Casio, NTT DoCoMo, Samsung, SK Telecom, Telefonica, and Vodafone.
How will Tizen be different from MeeGo? Its emphasis will be HTML5 apps and it will support multiple devices such as tablets, handsets, smart TVs and in-vehicle entertainment. As to MeeGo, Intel says it will continue to support devices running on the OS.
I guess Nokia’s N9 will also be compatible with Tizen? No one can really be sure but my guess is it will be.
Tizen will be released in Q1 2012, with first Tizen devices available in mid 2012.