Mobile Wars: Nokia chooses MeeGo over Android

The fast-paced Mobile Wars entered a new phase today as Nokia confirmed that Intel’s MeeGo – rather than Google’s Android – would power a new generation of tablet devices.

“MeeGo offers us an opportunity to take mobile technology beyond the smartphone and into a new world of connected devices,” Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia’s Mobile Solutions chief, explained in an official blog post.

“As Symbian gears up to compete with the likes of iPhone and Android, MeeGo is taking clear aim at the computing space. [So], despite rumors to the contrary, there are no plans to introduce an Android device from Nokia.”

According to Vanjoki, MeeGo will power the “computers of the future,” which will be quite powerful, yet small enough to fit in a pocket.

“From the ground up, MeeGo is a computer operating system. Working with Intel, we’ve combined our assets to create a software platform that completely integrates mobile elements such as GPS, Bluetooth, NFC and more.

“This will offer developers a rich environment to create new possibilities for users. For consumers, it will mean true computing power in your pocket. Something that can deliver everything you want, but be with you all the time.”

Meanwhile, an Intel spokesperson told TG Daily that tablets are expected to be a “key market” for MeeGo and App Up.

“The Intel Atom processor has [also] been well received for the tablet market segment with over 30 design wins thus far.

“[In addition], several multimedia tablet and convertible tablet designs in the market already feature Atom, including the Archos 9, Lenovo S10-3t and Asus eeePad.”

Update – Handmark CEO Paul Reddick e-mailed TG Daily the following statement:

“Nokia is a long-time partner and we support their decision to employ the MeeGo platform as they continue to prove their leadership in the market. Handmark will continue to play a key role in delivering high-quality mobile content for current and future Nokia devices, supporting hundreds of media brands around the world extend their brands to the broadest possible mobile audience.”