Nokia and Intel have been squirreling away on their combi-platform MeeGo – a mash-up of Nokia’s Maemo and Intel’s Moblin UI, announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress.
With Nokia’s recent track record (which includes this harrowingly bad video and a slew of bland handsets) you’d be forgiven for thinking that it might not be the best software ever made – but the first examples have broken cover and we’re pleasantly surprised thus far.
MeeGo 1.0 shows off a fairly clean and fresh UI, using tabs to house different zones, with quick and easy access to things like apps, tasks, contacts and internet. Social networking is integrated into the home screen, using task bar alerts for instant messaging. There’s even 3D gaming support – swit swoo.
The integration with myriad devices (shown in the video below) reminds us very much of Android’s universal OS – and we’re all for our handsets communicating with other hardware around the home. It’ll be a while before we see the full UI running on a dedicated MeeGo handset but we’re finally a little excited. MeeGo’s potential is just starting to make itself known.