Curious to see how MeeGo's user interface looks like on a tablet? Uhm. Watch the demo.
MeeGo Operating System is the first product of Nokia and Intel's broad strategic collaboration, which was announced in June 2009. This OS is a Linux-based software platform that supports various hardware architectures including but not limited to tablets, smartphones and netbooks.
Key features of MeeGo [via Meego Official Site] :
- Performance optimizations and features which enable rich computational and graphically oriented applications and connected services development
- No-compromise internet standards support delivering the best web experiences
- Easy to use, flexible and powerful UI/app development environment based on Qt
- Open source project organization managed by the Linux Foundation
- State of the Art Linux stack optimized for the size and capabilities of small footprint platforms and mobile devices, but delivering broad linux software application compatibility
Here's a close-up demo video of MeeGo running on a tablet built on Intel 1.5 GHz Moorestown platform [Video courtesy of SteveChippy of Youtube]:
MeeGo OS has two basic modes: Simple and Panel. Simple mode shows your basic Applications Grid. Panel mode, on the other hand, features what-looks-like a series of customizable vertical panes that you can fill with photos, website bookmarks and video content among other things.
MeeGo UI, especially in Panel mode, looks impressive while transitions between apps feels smooth and snappy. Off hand, I think the OS shows promise. I just hope price point won't keep conventional consumers from experiencing it on MeeGo devices - when they hit store shelves in 2011.