2010- Nokia married Intel; 2011- divorced!

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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Barcelona, Feb 16: Gadget lovers hailed the announcement of Microsoft Windows Phone 7 update and Nokia's plan to launch new smartphones with WP7 OS during the ongoing 2011 Mobile World Congress (MWC). But, some of us can remember Nokia's 'historic partnership' with Intel announced during the MWC 2010. It's all ended within a year.

With the announcement of strategic alliance with Microsoft, Nokia's one year honeymoon with Intel has came to an end. During MWC 2010, Nokia and Intel unveiled their plan to form MeeGo platform by merging their Maemo and Mobilin.

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Both the companies planned to develop a Linux-based open source mobile operating system, which will "run on multiple hardware platforms across a wide range of computing devices...and significantly increase opportunities for developers."

But, things went in a different way and both companies failed to produce any device running in MeeGo platform. Various technology blogs also reported the rumors of Nokia MeeGo smartphone, N9-00, preparing for MWC 2011 launch. Amid the rumors, all of a sudden Nokia announced their alliance with Microsoft, making WP7 OS as their primary platform for smartphones.

Nokia also said that they are planning to launch a MeeGo smartphone in 2011, but it seems like Intel is not happy with Nokia's decision to abandon MeeGo. Renee J James, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Software and Services Group told that Intel will carry on MeeGo project.

Intel also said that MeeGo platform includes companies like AMD, Texas Instruments and ST Ericsson, Orange, Telefonica, Sprint etc.

Nokia announced that their WP7 smartphones will be available soon in international market, hoping to regain their lost market shares to Google Android devices and Apple iOS. Let's wait and see the future of Nokia-Microsoft alliance.

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