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First MeeGo Build For Nokia N900 Now Available For Download!

Wednesday, 31 March 2010 18:52

Written by Apocalypso

meego_00Unless you've been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks, you've heard that Intel and Nokia have announced strategic relationship to shape next era of mobile computing innovation.

To realize this shared vision, both companies are expanding their longstanding relationship to define a new mobile platform beyond today's smartphones, notebooks and netbooks, enabling the development of a variety of innovative software, mobile Internet services for mobile computers, netbooks, tablets, media phones, connected TVs, and in-vehicle infotainment systems.

The first release of MeeGo is scheduled for the second quarter, with compatible devices launching later in the year and plans to open the MeeGo repository by the end of March 2010, with a basic source and binary repository to build the platform on the Nokia N900 as well as Intel Atom devices.

Apparently MeeGo dev team remain serious about keeping their promises and the long awaited ARM/Meego images for N900 is now available for download.

There are two types of images available for N900. One that contains only open source software from MeeGo repositories and one that has some Nokia proprietary components installed:

Note that you must own a N900 device and accept the Nokia End User License Agreement to access the files.

WARNING: Flashing the MeeGo to your N900 will permanently erase your settings and may cause damage to your device. This image is meant for experienced developers only. We do not take any responsibility of the damage that may be caused to your device.

For the installation process you need to get the flasher tool from http://tablets-dev.nokia.com/maemo-dev-env-downloads.php

WARNING: With the open image the battery management is not functional so you may cause damage to your device.

The Big Merge: A Message from Intel and Nokia

MeeGo blends the best of Maemo with the best of Moblin to create an open platform for multiple processor architectures. MeeGo builds on the capabilities of the Moblin core OS and its support for a wide range of device types and reference user experiences, combined with the momentum of Maemo in the mobile industry and the broadly adopted Qt application and UI framework for software developers.

MeeGo also unites the robust worldwide Maemo and Moblin applications ecosystems and open source communities. For developers, MeeGo extends the range of target device segments for their applications. Using Qt for application development means that they can write applications once and easily deploy them on MeeGo and across other platforms, for example, on Symbian.

The Ovi Store will be the channel to market for apps and content for all Nokia devices, including MeeGo and Symbian-based, with Forum Nokia providing developer support across all Nokia device platforms. The Intel AppUpSM Center will be the path to market for Intel-based MeeGo devices from other device manufacturers, with the Intel® Atom(TM) Developer Program providing support for applications targeting devices in a variety of categories.

The MeeGo software platform, running on high-performance devices, will deliver a range of Internet, computing and communication experiences, with visually rich graphics, multitasking and multimedia capabilities and the best application performance. Since MeeGo runs on multiple device types, people can keep their favorite applications when they change devices, so they are not locked into one kind of device or those from any individual manufacturer.

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