Meego is officially dead. Long live project Tizen, HTML5 to the rescue of Samsung’s mobile OS ambitions

I’ll be ROLFMAO’ing if it wasn’t so sad.

It is now official. Meego is dead. It will become a part of LiMo and from now on will be known as Tizen. It will be a project led by Intel and Samsung, to build a new “operating system for smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, netbooks, and in-vehicle infotainment devices“.

And Meego? There is no Meego anymore.

From now on they have decided that future belongs to HTML5 and “outside of a relatively small percentage of apps” all the investment will shift towards HTML5. Goodbye Qt. Just as I told ya.

Of course, just like Meego – it will be an “independent” project which “will reside within the Linux Foundation, will be governed by a Technical Steering Group, and will be developed openly with familiar and improved infrastructure”. We really really promise.

Just like with Meego. Which has collapsed and now is transformed to something called Tizen, as soon as Nokia pulled out.

And it will really really really have nothing to do with Samsung Bada, Samsung’s interests and Samsung will not have any more significant influence beyond one vote in the steering group. It’s all about open standards and HTML5! We promise you that! (Except for some hidden API’s),

And, btw, guys&gals at Intel, I am not sure if jumped the gun or not. But contacting me directly from after I asked what “Tizen” means, and telling me that “we have no idea what the name means but we will try to find out”, does not really show that Intel cares about this OS project at all. Seems more like a sideshow, or insurance policy for you, if Android thing does not pan out.

I’m sure more details about project Tizen, what remains of Meego and how Samsung will go about pushing it forward with (mostly) HTML5, will be announced later today.  And we’ll be here to cover it.

Stay tuned. (But not to the Tizen’s Youtube Channel):

Can you believe they forgot to check if it’s available?

Oh my. Tizen Twitter account is taken too… and has 24 followers as of now. Let’s see where it ends up tomorrow.





Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • Anonymous

    This OS has nothing to do with Bada. This was a collaboration between Linux and LiMo foundation with some partners including Samsung. This will turn into another MeeGo fiasco. Nokia was right to keep their version of MeeGo as Maemo6/Harmatton instead. They are killing Qt dev and starting anew with HTML5. Until somebody else drops it.