MeeGo died a quick, if painful death this year. The open-source platform born, of the combined efforts of Nokia (NYSE:NOK) and Intel, seemed to have such promise as recently as June 2010 when the companies released a handset version of the platform.
However, the platform was essentially sentenced for execution when Nokia announced its blockbuster partnership with Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) to use Windows Phone as its primary smartphone platform. Intel CEO Paul Otellini tried to put a brave face on the situation a few days later and said Nokia's decision won't stop Intel from continuing its support of MeeGo. Indeed, according to a Reuters report, Otellini said Intel will work to find other vendors to build MeeGo devices.
"We will find another partner (for MeeGo)," Otellini said, according to a Reuters report of the CEO's meeting with analysts in London. "The carriers still want a third ecosystem and the carriers want an open ecosystem, and that's the thing that drives our motivation."
Nokia apparently tried to pitch the platform to handset makers--including HTC, LG, Motorola Mobility (NYSE:MMI), Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) and Samsung--but couldn't get any takers. MeeGo had a brief moment in the sun when Nokia released the N9, its first and only MeeGo phone, which was warmly received. However, just days later Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said that the company wouldn't return to MeeGo even if the N9 was a hit.
In September, Intel denied rumors it was halting MeeGo development. Just weeks later though Intel said it would in fact halt development of MeeGo, and the chipmaker threw its support behind Tizen, the new Linux-based cross-architecture device software platform announced Tuesday by the Linux Foundation and LiMo Foundation.
MeeGo flopped mainly because Nokia saw a brighter future with Windows Phone, dealing a major setback to Intel's mobile ambitions. Intel had been counting the global reach that Microsoft secured to help it crack the mobile market. Ultimately, MeeGo died because it was an orphan no one wanted to support.