MeeGo Demo on a Tablet - Intel-Nokia OS Running on a Slate

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.

TP Thoughts:

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.

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