In a recent hack, a user found a way to dual-boot the native Maemo-Linux operating system on the Nokia N900 and also the Android operating system. This hack may be the boost that is needed to give the N900 more traction as it is a powerful device, but due to the developer/hacker-centric approach to Maemo-Linux, the device may not find its way into the hands of many consumers. Having Android as an alternative may make the device more attractive as consumers can still get all the easy to use apps from Android and if they want more power, they can switch back to the versatile and [...]
It looks like Nokia engineers are keeping busy as the firm is rolling out its second firmware update this week for the Maemo-Linux Nokia N900. The update can be downloaded over the air (OTA) by way of the Application Manager on the device.
The update promises to bring:
First up is support for the Swiss keymat variant with hardware and virtual keyboard layouts supporting the combination of German, Italian and English characters. We’ll also see full compatibility with certain SIM cards from network operator 3. Although only a small number of SIM cards were impacted [...]
The Nokia N900 is one of the most powerful mobile smartphone on the market right now–so powerful that Nokia has even dubbed it a mobile computer–but thus far the device has found itself with less apps than more established platforms like Windows Mobile, Android, webOS, and BlackBerry. That’s all about to change as Nokia has recently unleashed its Ovi Store to carry applications compatible for the open Maemo-Linux platform. Users with the N900 can get the software store loaded by performing a software update to get the latest revision of Maemo 5 on their [...]
The Nokia N900 is a powerful machine running a Linux core with Maemo Linux as its operating system, and more specifically Maemo 5. Nokia gave us a tour of the device at CTIA in October, and now the device is shipping in unlocked form for $570, quite the drop from its intended $650 MSRP when the device initially was slated for shipment in November. Like Google Android, Maemo 5 is based on Linux; however, unlike Android, Nokia has promised to retain the power of Linux by keeping Maemo relatively open and accessible to users and developers. Unlike many other Nokia phones, this one does [...]
Optima OP5-E is a Maemo Linux internet tablet with a 4.3-inch display, a wireless card, and an 800 MHz processor that will compete against the Nokia N900. The Optima-made device doesn’t have the sliding keyboard that the N900 has and the former boasts to the the first device to run Maemo Linux outside of Nokia.
Nokia has pledged to update the user interface for its Symbian and Linux-based Maemo smartphones in 2010. Thus, far, the company–like its rival Microsoft–has remained with resistive touchscreen technology and has only begun to look at capacitive touchscreens with the advent of the Nokia X6 smartphone.
According to Nokia, the new strategies for 2010 include:
– Improve our user experience;– Re-engineer our Symbian user interface; deliver a major product milestone before mid-year 2010, and another major product milestone before the end of [...]
After a Samsung executive told reporters that the company will not support Symbian, leading the Korean manufacturer to quickly issue a retraction, it looks like things are actually not so rosy with the Nokia-led platform that has turned open source recently. The Maemo operating system marketing team was a biut loose-lipped at a recent Nokia N900 London event and told attendees that Nokia would make a shift from S60 to Maemo.
Maemo is still an amerging platform which is based on Linux, and offers a great user experience. However, at this point, the lack of Nokia services, [...]
The Nokia N900, with its Linux Maemo operating system at its heart, is a multitasking beast! We saw the device handle a few programs with a visual task manager at CTIA, but it looks like reviewers are getting a handle on how well juggling several opened items at the same time works on the device. The device can manage 12 apps opened at the same time and the music player running in the background without much slow down! Try juggling that many opened cards on the webOS Palm Pre or the Android HTC Hero!