Okay, let’s do this the easy way. Repeat after me:
- In the beginning, there was Maemo from Nokia
- Maemo merged with Mobline from Intel and became MeeGo
- Then MeeGo got married to Tizen
- Tizen. Tizen. Tizen. That’s the new name.
So, what is Tizen? Good question!
Tizen is a new open source project that is the home of the Tizen software platform, a mobile and device operating system based on Linux and other popular upstream projects.
Like MeeGo, the Tizen project will support multiple device categories, including Tablets, Netbooks, Handsets, Smart TV, and In-Vehicle Infotainment systems.
The Linux Foundation will host the project, where Tizen development will be completely open and led by a technical steering team composed of Intel and Samsung. The Limo Foundation is also involved here.
Meanwhile, what happens to Nokia and MeeGo, especially with the launch of the N9? Well, the N9 is not really MeeGo. It is Maemo 6 Harmattan branded as MeeGo (which sort of suggests that MeeGo wasn’t quite ready, just as Nokia had claimed).
Will Nokia hold on to the Maemo part of MeeGo for their disruptive activities? Seeing that they are in bed with WindowsPhone already, it does not seem plausible that they will jump in with Tizen. But what do we know?
Anyway, that’s the low-down. Say bye-bye to MeeGo, and hello to Tizen.