Tablets are nifty, but for the most part, they're built to be walled gardens; Apple is notorious for its heavy-handed curation, Microsoft plans on keeping Windows 8's Metro-style apps close to the chest, and the hot-selling Kindle Fire is a deeply tweaked and thoroughly managed variant of Android. One Linux developer hopes to make things more customizable with Spark, a Mer/KDE Plasma Active-powered tablet that's fully unlocked and open for tinkering.
Despite officially moving away from a Symbian/MeeGo focus last Spring, Nokia went ahead with its final MeeGo-based device and put of the N9 just a few months ago. Although the device was never supposed to arrive on American shores, unlocked device reseller Expansys has a brand-new Nokia N9 with your name on it, if you roll that way. This doomed device, will set you back $690, but you so get free shipping.
It wasn't all that long ago that MeeGo held a lot of promise, only to end up pushed aside in favor of other mobile platforms. The biggest gut punch came when Nokia ditched Linux to focus on Windows Phone 7. Even still, the OS wasn't quite dead so long as Intel stayed in its corner. Go ahead and call the pall bearers, MeeGo is being put out to pasture while Tizen takes its place.
Asustek’s $200 Eee PC X101 might not be enough to prevent MeeGo from withering on the vine, but it’s a lot better than nothing at all. If you are one of those few tech conservationists considering rescuing this endangered species of mobile OS, it’s time for some action. The 10-inch MeeGo netbook is now up for pre-order from a couple of e-tailers in the States, with a third online retailer even listing it as being in stock. Hit the jump for specs.
For whatever reason, Samsung is a company that keeps coming up whenever there's speculation about an acquisition. There was chatter that Samsung might be interested in Hewlett-Packard's PC business, followed by rumors that it will chase HP's webOS instead, of which the OEM recently said it will "never" do. Then the talk turned to MeeGo, Intel's open source operating system for tablets and smartphones that Nokia skipped out on. Samsung isn't buying that either, nor could the company even if it had any interest.
Some people thought Asus was downright crazy when it said it was building a $200 netbook. That's not a whole lot more than an eBook reader, and it's certainly cheaper than most tablet PCs that are supposedly cannibalizing the netbook market. Well, Asus is proving the skeptics wrong with its $199 Eee PC X101, an ultrathin netbook that now has an official product page.
It turns out all the rumors were true. In the wee hours this morning for North America, Nokia made a big announcement in their Capital Market Day conference. Nokia, led by CEO (and former Microsofty) Stephen Elop, has entered into a "strategic alliance" with Microsoft. The deal involves Windows Phone, Xbox Live, and Bing services. What this really means, is that Nokia will be making Windows Phone 7 devices.
Want to see what the MeeGo OS will look like on a Nokia tablet? So do we, but unfortunately for us all, the leaked photo that's making its way through cyberspace isn't a very good one.
Regardless, this is likely the first shot of the new MeeGo tablet. The forum photo reveals what looks like a 7-inch device with the integrated video player loaded up. Other than that, there isn't a whole lot you can glean from the photo, even after doing our best to clean up the poor exposure. You can make out the Nokia logo and a glossy bezel, and really that's about it.
MeeGo is an open-source mobile OS jointly developed by Intel and Nokia. It merges Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo projects into a single platform the companies hope to see employed in everything from netbooks and TVs to in-car devices and tablets.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Nokia has unexpectedly, and at the last minute, cancelled the US launch of the X7 smartphone. The device was apparently slated for a big announcement with AT&T as the exclusive partner at Mobile World Congress in February. This isn't just another phone for Nokia, the X7 was to be the first US exclusive launch of a device since former Microsoft executive Stephen Elop took the reins of the faltering company.
Sources said that Nokia decided to pull the device for fear that it wouldn't receive marketing and subsidy dollars from AT&T. This leaves Nokia with the N8 as it's only modern flagship phone, and there is no carrier support for the device in the US, despite it having a versatile penta-band UMTS radio. Clearly, the US market is a sore spot for Nokia.
It could be that Nokia is just biding its time until their next gen software platform, MeeGo, is ready for use on phones. Symbian is seen as clunky and old-fashioned by many in the industry. Even if Nokia has a plan, the US market isn't going to wait forever. iOS and Android are already claiming users as their own in droves.
There are a handful of tablets out there that can dual-boot Windows 7 and Android. But Evolve III feels dual-boot tablets are still one operating system short of perfection. The Australia-based company, a tablet manufacturer that started out in the digital screen business, has decided to take things in its own hands with its dual core Oak Trail Atom-based Maestro tablet that can boot not one, not two, but three OSes: Windows 7, Android and MeeGo Linux. The 10-inch Maestro features an Intel Atom N475 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB SSD, Wi-Fi, and 3G. Evolve III hopes to launch the Maestro in the second quarter of 2011. The company has yet to reveal the slate’s price.