Development on the MeeGo 1.1 open-source mobile platform is in the homestretch, with Nokia N900 project lead Harri Hakulinen hinting the OS could be available on the mobile computer next month, coinciding with the first MeeGo developer conference in Dublin. Writing on the MeeGo Community blog, Hakulinen states that the final phase of MeeGo 1.1 finalization is now underway, with the emphasis on "fixing final release blocker bugs, making sure that everything that is in already actually works, and that the user experience of the first MeeGo version with the Handset UX is good. Creating this version is important because it gives developers, especially handset application developers, a relatively stable ground for starting their work."
Hakulinen adds that an imminent software update will enable developers to dual boot between Maemo and MeeGo on the N900: "There is also a possibility of developing applications supporting both operating systems, based on Qt and Qt Mobility APIs on the Maemo side," he writes. "It means that you can develop once in PC with Qt Creator, and test your applications on both Maemo and MeeGo, directly on your N900 device."
Work on MeeGo 1.2 is already underway. Hakulinen notes that on the N900 side, he and his team will focus on integrating technologies from the latest Nokia and development repositories, including SGX drivers and accelerated video decoders. Expect more details next month: "See you [in Dublin], with MeeGo on N900," Hakulinen promises.
For more on MeeGo's progress:
- read this MeeGo Community blog entry
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