“Telmap is embracing the MID category to bring rich navigation and location based services to mobile users. This announcement further highlights Telmap’s multi-platform approach to devices and the addition of Linux to its extensive list of supported OS platforms,”said Telmap in a statement.
MID: Intel’s fantasy
Until now MIDs are much more a marketing concept developed by Intel to sell its Atom processor than a consumer reality. It seems unlikely that mainstream consumers will embrace a form factor that sits awkwardly between a Netbook and a Smartphone – too big to fit in a pocket, too small to replace a PC. However, supporting Linux is important for Telmap which will be able to easily port its software to Android. One could not blame Telmap for taking advantage of Intel’s marketing dollars.