The core source code for the MeeGo operating system (OS) is available to developers from today, Intel has announced, and is scheduled for release in October 2010.
MeeGo is a Linux based open source mobile operating system being developed by the computer chip manufacturer Intel and Nokia. The project, announced at the Mobile World Congress in February, will merge Intel’s Moblin and Nokia’s Maemo systems into a new mobile OS.
The core OS source code was made available in March to start development towards the MeeGo 1.0 release. Today, the handset baseline source code is being made available to the development community, which will be developed as MeeGo 1.1 for release in October.
The MeeGo UI team has created the handset reference user experience and is preparing the MeeGo UI design principles and interaction guidelines. This milestone marks the completion of the merger of Moblin and Maemo as major architecture decisions and technical selections have been determined.
Earlier this week, Nokia announced it was dropping Symbian in favour of MeeGo on its high-end N series devices. The move is part of Nokia’s attempt to recapture its position in the high-end smartphone segment of the market, which has largely been dominated by the likes of Apple, RIM and HTC.