If Intel has its way, MeeGo won't be fading away as quickly as Nokia wants it to. The open sourced operating system, which has yet to make a retail presence, is still part of Intel's strategy, with or without Nokia. The company remarks:
While we are disappointed with Nokia's decision, Intel is not blinking on MeeGo. We remain committed and welcome Nokia's continued contribution to MeeGo open source.
Our strategy has always been to provide choice when it comes to operating systems, a strategy that includes Windows, Android, and MeeGo. This is not changing.
MeeGo is not just a phone OS, it supports multiple devices. And we're seeing momentum across multiple segments - automotive systems, netbooks, tablets, set-top boxes and our Intel silicon will be in a phone that ships this year.
It's hard to imagine Intel drumming up a new hardware partner at this point, given that most OEMs have already chosen their side of the smartphone wars. Though it's unlikely, Intel could make its own hardware with MeeGo as a hedge against its other investments. Or, it can continue to work with non-phone partners to integrate MeeGo into other devices, like netbooks, tablets, etc.