MeeGo OS was once considered to be the future of Nokia mobile phones, which had a tremendous potential for both the developers as well as the users. But with the Nokia and Microsoft partnership, the once promising MeeGo OS has been relegated to research and development status with very little chance of ever becoming a mainstream platform. With Windows 7 being announced as Nokia’s main platform, MeeGo OS almost seemed to be dumped.
However, that doesn’t stop developers from continuing to think about new UI concepts for the OS designed by Jozef Kocúr.
MeeGo is a Linux-based platform that was formed when the teams behind the Maemo and Moblin Linux projects merged. MeeGo isn’t actually maintained by Nokia. The Linux Foundation managed the project. But Nokia is one of the primary backers, and the company had planned to put MeeGo on some upcoming smartphones, befor their partnership with Microsoft. Intel is another major backer, and the company has been pushing MeeGo for their upcoming netbooks and tablets.
This MeeGo OS concept was designed with Nokia tablets in mind, and borrows ideas from WebOS and Maemo. The UI uses a side scrolling structure with each panel then having a columns layout. A bottom menu features the main panel headings of Board, Applications, Now, Social, Media, and System.
The Board panel appears to be a customizable dashboard type of page where widgets could possibly reside. The Applications panel is self-explanatory showing all available applications ordered by category. The Now panel looks to be a page for customizable news feeds and the Social panel is like a doorway to all your social network channels.
The concept seems promising and may help MeeGo with a whole new refreshing look. But the future seems bleak with Nokia’s new direction and the strength of competing OS platforms such as iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and WebOS. But we do expect a positive sign with the new UI concept popping up and really hope to see the OS in live action in one of the upcoming tablets.