When MeeGo was announced in February of this year, a big part of the news was that the platform would support a broad range of computing devices, taking mobile computing far beyond the smartphone to support tablets, notebooks, media phones, connected TVs, in-vehicle infotainment devices, and much more.
Today’s MeeGo v1.0 release represents an important step in reaching that vision: MeeGo v1.0 is available now and with it, we get the MeeGo API and the stable core foundation for application development for the user experience on Netbooks. This is good news for developers and for OEMs and service providers who want to begin customizing MeeGo for their Netbook offerings. Especially good timing considering Computex kicks off next week.
According to Imad Sousou’s blog over at MeeGo.com, MeeGo v1.0’s Netbook user experience includes a variety of features that deliver Internet, computing and communications experiences with rich graphics, multi-tasking and multimedia capabilities, as well as Google Chrome browser integration. Instant access to synchronized calendar, tasks, appointments and real-time social networking updates; easy apps for email, calendar and media player; and support for 19 languages are a few examples.
The development of the handset user experience will follow shortly with availability in June. Support for touch-based devices, such as tablets, and in-vehicle infotainment systems, is expected in MeeGo v1.1 in October.
Join me next week in keeping an eye on news coming out of Computex. What happens there is sure to influence the MeeGo community’s work.