Splashtop instant-on OS embedded in your PC? Chances are, sometime next year, you'll be getting a MeeGo app-capable upgrade. Splashtop manufacturer DeviceVM has just promised a MeeGo-based version of Splashtop to all current OEM partners for distribution in the first half of next year, and you should be able to simply upgrade the instant-on client in your existing PC. We spoke to DeviceVM in person at IDF 2010, and were told it's not quite as easy as it sounds -- for one thing, the Splashtop MeeGo Remix, as it's called, is still in the early stages, and it's going to be up to the ASUS, Acers and Dells of the world to actually roll it out. HP's committed to delivering an free, transitional version of Splashtop for its machines that will allow end-users to easily upgrade, however. What you're looking at above on this Lenovo S10-3t is the first step in the process -- MeeGo with Splashtop branding and some simple touchscreen drivers. To make up for the relative boredom, DeviceVM showed off something else moderately neat -- a port of its Splashtop Remote app to MeeGo that allows a tiny HP Mini to seamlessly remote into a Windows PC. Imagine the potential for covert fun with our video after the break!
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Intel Developer Forum San Francisco 2010
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DeviceVM, the worldwide leader in instant-on computing, today previewed the next-generation of its award-winning Splashtop instant-on platform at the Intel Developer's Forum in San Francisco. The flagship Splashtop product has already shipped on millions of notebooks and netbooks worldwide from leading PC OEMs including Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, LG, Sony and others. The company now plans to offer a MeeGo-compliant version of the popular companion OS to all existing OEM customers, while enabling current users of Splashtop-powered systems to take advantage of a seamless upgrade in the first half of 2011.
By embracing MeeGo as the foundation for Splashtop, application developers have the possibility to distribute their software to millions of potential users leading to greater adoption of the MeeGo platform. DeviceVM will also consider pre-bundling popular applications along with distribution of the MeeGo-based Splashtop. In moving to a MeeGo-based platform, users will now be able to download, install and run hundreds of apps currently available from the Intel AppUp Center.
"Since the launch of Splashtop in late 2007, we have received thousands of requests from application developers to release an SDK," said Mark Lee, CEO and co-founder of DeviceVM. "By embracing MeeGo and moving Splashtop to be fully compliant with the specifications shepherded by the Linux Foundation, we will effectively open up Splashtop to allow developers to deliver high-value applications to audiences across a range of computing devices."
"MeeGo is built to support compatibility and ease of development across multiple Intel ® Atom™ based platforms," said Doug Fisher, vice president of the Software and Services Group and general manager of the Systems Software Division at Intel Corporation. "DeviceVM is releasing an innovative product and their adoption of MeeGo opens new market opportunities across multiple device form factors - which is exactly the intent of MeeGo."
DeviceVM is an active Linux proponent, and earlier this year announced the election of CEO and co-founder, Mark Lee, to the Linux Foundation Board of Directors. Beijing-based Cliff Miller, Chief Strategy Officer at DeviceVM, has also been appointed as the Foundation's Director of China Operations. These appointments recognized the significant role that DeviceVM has played in proliferating Splashtop over the past several years.
Demonstrations of the new MeeGo-based Splashtop product can be seen during the show through September 15th at the DeviceVM booth as part of the MeeGo Community Technology Showcase, Booth # 112 in Moscone Center West.
The MeeGo-based Splashtop is already being made available to leading PC OEMs currently shipping Splashtop on a range of device types. Consumer and commercial end-users will be able to upgrade to the new Splashtop in the first half of 2011.