This is a quick preview video of an Intel MeeGo tablet and a quick walk through of the new panels UI that Intel has developed for the platform. It’ll take some getting used to, as it works very differently from your average tablet OS. We should be seeing MeeGo tablets later this year running on Intel’s Oaktrail Atom platform which should be announced sometime in Q2 this year.
A couple of things worth paying attention to in the video includes how you get back to the main menu, something that isn’t instantly obvious. The MeeGo tablet in question has an optical sensor in the top left corner which operates as the home button, a rather unusual feature, especially as it’s not labelled and it’s a function you’ll need to know is there before you can use it.
The different panels are all specific to various things you do, so there’s one for web related content, one for social media, one for pictures, one for videos and so on, which seems like a clever way of dividing content, but not one many of us are used to. A lot of the menus (press and hold the screen) are also context aware, so you’ll only get relevant menu options depending on what you’re doing. Time will tell how successful the MeeGo platform will be on tablets, but this is just one of many UI’s we’re expecting to see and it might not even be the most common one.