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MeeGo charges ahead in Smart TV market

Operating systems like Android, iOS and Windows get most of the publicity but the MeeGo OS is gaining ground in areas such as smart TVs and STBs

By PETER WHITE

Published: 16 June, 2011

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Operating systems like Android, iOS and Windows get most of the publicity but the MeeGo OS is gaining ground in areas such as smart TVs and STBs. As one MeeGo developer said, "If MeeGo succeeds; you will be using it in your TV, in your car stereo and at the back of an airline seat. But in most of these situations you won’t be able to know that it is MeeGo. It is simply there to make building products faster and cheaper for the manufacturer."

Founding members of the MeeGo TV Working Group held their first meeting last months. They are:

- Intel, which hopes to provide the processors to makers of products that use MeeGo

- JetHead Development, which provides embedded software services for consumer electronic gear

- Locatel, which provides multimedia services for hotels

- MIPS Technologies, which makes processors for the CE market

- Nokia, whose Qt is an application and UI framework for CE gear including smart STBs and TVs

- Nokia Siemens Networks, which makes network gear for the IPTV market

- Sigma Designs, which makes chips for the CE market

- Videon Central, which provides engineering design, software development, system integration, and product testing to equipment makers and system-on-a-chip (SoC) producers such as DVD and Blu-ray Disc players to LCD displays and servers

- Ysten Technology, which is based in China

The MeeGo project is hosted by the Linux Foundation and is heavily backed by Intel. It was developed jointly with Nokia’s Maemo team, which gave birth to MeeGo’s ARM compatibility, and Intel’s Moblin team. Nokia appears to have subsequently bounced MeeGo in favor of Windows for smartphones and tablets.

The need for the MeeGo TV Project is to develop user interface extensions and hardware drivers that work on multiple types of set top hardware.

Amino CEO Andrew Burke has said the time-to-market advantage of open source in general and MeeGo in particular for IPTV and OTT-video development on their STBs is important.

MeeGo is aimed at mobile devices like netbooks and smartphones but has made headway in the car companies IVI platform. Nissan Motors is building a MeeGo-based car entertainment system, for instance.

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