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Splashtop releases MeeGo-based OS for OEMs

While MeeGo’s mobile phone future is up in the air, Splashtop has released a new version of its MeeGo-based Splashtop OS targeting OEM and ODM partner

By PETER WHITE

Published: 24 February, 2011

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While MeeGo’s mobile phone future is up in the air, Splashtop has released a new version of its MeeGo-based Splashtop OS targeting OEM and ODM partners for their next-generation tablets and netbooks. Splashtop, which focuses on instant-on computing, said its flagship OS has already shipped on millions of notebooks and netbooks from OEMs including Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, LG and Sony, among others.

“If you’re an OEM, you should choose a software partner the way you’d choose a spouse,” said Mark Lee, CEO of Splashtop. “It should be someone you trust, someone who understands how you operate, and someone who can help you bring a beautiful product into the world. But in the computer industry, experience really counts — the more the better. The Splashtop installed base of 60 million shows that we offer tried and true solutions. Plus we’re a great long-term partner.”

All awkward baby analogies aside, Splashtop is an impressive OS in how quickly it allows users to boot up and get online — in a couple of seconds, a user is able to go from nothing to sending an e-mail or opening a chat program. One solid feature of the latest version is its connection with Intel’s AppUp platform. AppUp is an app store for Intel-based machines that gives users access to free and pay-for apps, and the Splashtop integration means that users can boot their MeeGo PC and then directly jump into a favorite app or service, extending the instant-on functionality of the device.

“MeeGo’s open and flexible software platform on Intel architecture gives mobile device manufacturers both the freedom and the powerful capabilities to deliver exciting user experiences,” said Ram Peddibhotla, system software marketing director for Intel. “Intel welcomes Splashtop and other software vendors to the MeeGo ecosystem to apply its deep software knowledge to help manufacturers bring mobile devices to market quickly.”

Splashtop also said its Remote app will be extended to all devices running the new OS. The app lets users on MeeGo, Android, Windows or iOS devices fully access and run content on a main Mac or Windows PC through their mobile.

Splashtop is an active contributor to the MeeGo project. Its CEO and co-founder, Mark Lee, serves on the board of directors of the Linux Foundation and two of its bigwigs promote MeeGo in Asia on behalf of the foundation.

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