While Google’s gearing up for the big push into the TV arena with Google TV, other companies are also working on smart TV technology. The Linux Foundation, which happens to be the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, recently announced the formation of the MeeGo Smart TV Working Group.

MeeGo, in case you were unsure, is an open source Linux project that’s directed at so much more than being some up and coming mobile operating system. It’s also targeted at multiple other segments including automotive systems, netbooks, TVs, and set-top boxes, and uses Qt to enable cross-device applications. Leaving the mobile community on the sidelines for a bit, this group was put together to help MeeGo evolve and create its place in smart TV segment. Some of the members of the Working Group include big players like Nokia (of course), Nokia Siemens Networks, Intel Corporation, Telecom Italia and others.

One more for the Smart TV segment

One more for the Smart TV segment

All of these companies will put their heads together to help develop and drive a more comprehensive ecosystem of developers and content providers with the single goal of bringing consumers new and innovative ideas in this field. Like Google TV, MeeGo’s Smart TV specifications are also being designed to provide an open framework to enable this community drive these innovations further.

The MeeGo Smart TV Working Group will begin defining software components providing platform standardization, while giving developers the ability to focus on competitive differentiation within the TV market segment with tools such at Qt.

“MeeGo Smart TV will play a crucial role by providing a robust framework for new devices and services, and we're looking forward to helping provide high-performance processors needed for media-rich applications and user interfaces, as well as for cross-device integration.” said Keith Wehmeyer, GM, IPTV Segment, Intel Digital Home Group.

“Qt is a leading application and UI framework for a wide range of platforms, including smart set-top-boxes and TVs,” said Dilip Kenchammana, head of Products, Home Media Segment, Nokia Qt Development Frameworks. “The MeeGo TV community project will deliver a world-class open-source Smart TV software platform, enabling developers, manufacturers and operators to create a differentiated, engaging end user experience that builds on the cross-platform power of Qt.”

Members of the Working Group will submit code, which upon acceptance will be made available to the industry via MeeGo.com on a twice a year release cadence (Q1 and Q3). The first MeeGo Smart TV Working Group meeting will be held in April 2011.

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