MeeGo tablet demo looks great, but will there be enough apps?

The question is whether app and game developers will persist with MeeGo rather than switch their attention to Windows Phone 7 or Android, both of which now promise quicker rewards as they find their way into tens of millions of smartphones and tablets.

BARCLEONA, Spain--Is MeeGo dead in the water now that Nokia has fallen in love with Windows Phone 7 for its smartphones? Partner Intel has been doing its utmost to dispel the doomsayers at Mobile World Congress, showing off an impressively slick demo of MeeGo-powered tablet software.

It showcases a swipe 'n' tap interface flicking between friends, music, photos, and other content, while swiping down to access more information, and tap-holding to trigger pop-up menus for more actions. It's very visual, and in the above demo video at least, appears to be running like a dream.

Intel's MWC press release is certainly putting a brave face on Nokia's retreat, claiming that MeeGo has made "great strides" since the OS' announcement a year ago, during which time it has "gained strong industry momentum with software vendors, system integrators and operators, as well as OEMs and products shipping today in multiple form factors, including netbooks, tablet, set-top boxes and in-vehicle infotainment systems in cars."

That may be, but the big question is whether app and game developers will persist with MeeGo, rather than switching their attention to Windows Phone 7 or Android, both of which now promise quicker rewards as they find their way into tens of millions of smartphones and tablets.

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