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AMD joins MeeGo

Dublin, Ireland. Today at the MeeGo conference 2010 AMD announced that it would be joining the MeeGo project, alongside Nokia and long-time CPU rival, Intel. On stage were Ben Bar-Haim, corporate vice president, software development; and Chris Schlaeger, Director of AMD Operating System. Schlaeger said to the developers and press "we will provide our support in an open and not corporate way". Read on for more details.

# Posted by David in Industry at 13:16 UTC, Nov 15th || Comments
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MeeGo Conference Day 1 Live

Rafe and Reggie are at the MeeGo Conference in Dublin, which takes places at the Aviva stadium in Dublin from Monday 15th to Wednesday 17th. We'll be bringing you live coverage, with updates from keynotes, sessions and surrounding activities. Joining us in our live coverage is mobile analyst Julien Fourgeaud. We're using Cover It Live, which is embedded below, and lets you read the latest updates, view pictures, vote in polls and add your own comments and questions

# Posted by Rafe in Editorial Thoughts, Events at 15:13 UTC, Nov 14th || Comments

Phoronix sets MeeGo against Ubuntu for netbooks

Phoronix, the well known review and benchmarking blog for Linux users, has published an initial comparison of MeeGo 1.1 versus Ubuntu 10.10 for netbooks. In this test they pitted the two Linux distributions against each other on boot time, power usage, 3D performance, MP3 encoding, and file system performance. Read on for a summary of their findings.

# Posted by David in Software, Links of Interest at 20:39 UTC, Nov 10th || Comments

MeeGo 1.1 SDK Beta Release

The MeeGo development team have just announced the release of the MeeGo SDK 1.1 Beta. The release includes Qt Quick for Javascript based rapid application development. However, the main component of the SDK of course Qt Creator, although command line functions are available too. With MeeGo 1.1 SDK, developers can create, install and debug applications to run on the N900 and Netbooks running MeeGo. Although for developers without reference hardware, QEMU is provided for hardware emulation. Read on for more details.

# Posted by David in Software, Developer at 19:24 UTC, Nov 10th || Comments
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Why is the Facebook Mobile Platform interesting?

There’s no doubt that Facebook is one of the key drivers of content on a mobile platform, and what Mark Zuckerberg has planned for his users will affect the mobile market. So Rob Jackson’s analysis of the announcement at the start of the month on the “Facebook Mobile Platform” makes for interesting background reading.

# Posted by Ewan in Links of Interest at 13:49 UTC, Nov 10th || Comments
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Dave Neary tells the story so far of MeeGo

Dave Neary, the docmaster of maemo.org and long-time member of the GNOME Foundation, has written an interesting and well researched progress report of the MeeGo story so far. Over at the VisionMobile blog, he asks the question whether MeeGo should score an "A+" or a "D-"? This is a great write up for anyone new to MeeGo; he covers the story from every perspective: openness, user experience, developers, governance, OEM's and operators. Read on for quotes and commentary.

# Posted by David in Links of Interest at 11:24 UTC, Nov 9th || Comments
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MeeGo 1.1 released - includes IVI, Handset and Netbook UXs

The MeeGo project reached an important milestone today with the release of MeeGo 1.1. It aims to create a solid baseline for both manufacturers and developers to devices and software across a broad range of categories (netbook, handset, IVI and) across both the ARMv7 and Intel Atom chipset architectures. The current MeeGo releases remain mainly of interest to device manufacturers, developers and those wishing to take an early look at MeeGo before it arrives on commercial devices.

# Posted by Rafe in Software, Developer, Industry at 17:31 UTC, Oct 28th || Comments

Linux Foundation rules against use of the Smeegol name

After its October 6th release, the Smeegol project (an openSUSE interpretation of MeeGo, which we reported on), has been told by the Linux Foundation that it must find a new name. In a reply to the project, the Linux Foundation said the project's use of the Smeegol name would not beneficial to MeeGo. Read on for more details.

# Posted by David in Software at 16:57 UTC, Oct 28th || Comments
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The Nokia N900 receives PR 1.3 software update

Nokia's Linux-based phone, the N900, has received an update to its Maemo 5 operating system, which fixes a long list of bugs and performance issues. The PR 1.3 (v20.2010.36-2) update is currently available to UK (and others) users via Nokia Software Updater (NSU) and over the air (OTA) download. However, as an alternative, users can also download images for their region from Nokia's tablet firmware repository. The update also offers support to MeeGo developers, wanting to develop applications ahead of device releases next year, by including the Qt 4.7 development framework and Qt Mobility 1.02. Read on for more details.

# Posted by David in Software at 19:48 UTC, Oct 26th || Comments
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Nokia Q3 2010 results - beats expectations, smartphones sales at 26.5m

Nokia has released their Q3 2010 results, reporting an operating profit of €529 million, with net sales of €10.3 billion. Nokia's device and service division's profits were €807 million, up 3% year on year. Margins in devices and services were 10.5% (down 0.9% YoY and up 0.9% QoQ). The figures beat market expectations. Converged devices sales (smartphones) were significantly up, at 26.5 million, compared with 16.4 million units in Q3 2009 (up 61% YoY) and compared with 24 million units in Q2 2010 (up 10%, QoQ).  Worldwide smartphone market share was 38%, down 3% sequentially but up 2% year on year. 

# Posted by Rafe in Industry at 11:33 UTC, Oct 21st || Comments
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