This week at the MeeGo Conference in Dublin, developers of the mobile operating system showed off the latest builds of MeeGo 1.1 for smartphones. The software is based on the same Linux core as MeeGo for netbooks, tablets, and other devices, but the UI has been completely retooled for smartphones — although it’s still a work in progress.

Chippy from CarryPad shot a video fo the demo, which you can check out after the break.

Right now there’s a home screen which provides quick access to your most frequently used applications, and a button to open the program launcher with all of your other apps. The Quick launch bard with access to the browser, phone app, and music player is visible on both the main screen and the launcher.

The user experience looks pretty decent, but what’s really going to matter more than anything is how well the core apps work and how successful MeeGo becomes as a platform for third party apps. If it can run Facebook, Pandora, and Netflix apps, there’s no reason MeeGo couldn’t take its place among the dominant smartphone platforms. On the other hand, if that’s all it does, there won’t be much to differentiate MeeGo from other platforms, aside from its open source development platform which might appeal to some enthusiasts.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...

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