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    All those user-inspired renderings, dream specs, and fantasy phones may soon be made reality by Nokia through its Designed by Community initiative where users submit what they want in their dream phone and Nokia engineers would then create a concept prototype of such a device. Of course, we'll actually have to wait and see if these specs and design principles will be released for manufacturing and public consumption beyond prototype, but it is still exciting to see the world's leading smartphone manufacturer listening intently to what consumers want in a smartphone. For starters, users are ...

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    We've seen various artist creations on the capacitive touchscreen iPhone, but the Nokia N900 with its Maemo operating system proves that a resistive touchscreen can be well-suited, and perhaps even better suited, for fine-tipped painting and brush applications. The application MyPaint was reviewed over at MeeGoPortal and shows off the various control and brushstrokes one can achieve with a resistive touchscreen, as well as some painting samples. If you're sporting a Maemo device, you can check out MeeGoPortal for the installation instructions.

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    It seems that the MeeGo-based successor to the Maemo-sporting Nokia N900 may be called the N9. An outline of the device, along with a semi-detailed label, leads some to speculate that this device may in fact be the successor to the N900. The device will sport 64 GB of internal storage memory--up from 32 GB internal from the N900 (the N900 also supported a micro SDHC slot for an additional 32 GB of removable storage)--and the RX tag on the label is usually reserved for tablets. Also rumored is a capacitive touchscreen for the N900, which made its debut on the Nokia X6, a change from the ...

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    Windows Mobile devices are very versatile. They can (sort of) run Android, Ubuntu, plus other flavors of Linux. In this video, it appears that someone has figured out how to run Maemo on an HTC HD2, or it's very possible that they are simply using a VNC client to access an Nokia N900 (which is a Maemo device) through the HD2. What do you think? Thanks for the tip, ele. (via: HDBlog.it)

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    Mozilla may have scrapped "Operation Firefox on Windows Mobile" recently, but in a recent interview with Jay Sulliven, Mozilla's vice president of mobile, CNET found that they're working on a version of their mobile browser to be available for Android devices later in 2010. Currently, Fennec is available in a quite stable release on Maemo devices, but development hasn't left the Alpha stage on any other mobile platform. We're excited by Fennec on mobile devices because it will mean Firefox application support, bookmark syncing, and other cool stuff. (via: Neowin and CNET)

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    Although Nokia has stated that the Maemo 5 Nokia N900 would not be upgradeable to Maemo 6--a radical departure from the released Maemo 5 OS--the N900's upgrade path to the MeeGo OS has been unofficially announced. According to Nokia's and Intel's MeeGo blog: And now to the business: The most important question is of course about the code. We hope to move on here very quickly now. Nokia and Intel have set the target to open the MeeGo repository by the end of this month. I guess this is something that finally will signify the real "Day One" of MeeGo project, a genuine merger of moblin and ...

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    In a move to expedite development of the Symbian platform, an executive from Nokia Taiwan said that the largest phone maker in the world may be skipping Symbian 2 and instead jump to Symbian 3 with support for multitouch in Q3 2010 and Symbian 4 in Q4 2010 or early 2011. A preview of Symbian 4 shows a more modern UI that keeps pace with newer interfaces offered by Apple and Google. Symbian 4 is said to be based on Qt cross-platform framework after Nokia had acquired Trolltech in mid-2008. Qt will make it easier for developers to simaltenously develop applications for Symbian and Maemo, the ...

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    Not to be outdone by competing smartphone platforms and their WiFi tethering options--most recently Verizon Wireless with the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus and the Mobile Hotspot app--third-party developer Joiku will be releasing a WiFi tethering solution for owners of the Nokia N900 will be getting a WiFi tethering solution for the Maemo-Linux device. Joiku, which is a partner with WMWiFiRouter, will be bringing the capability to share your T-Mobile 3G AWS mobile broadband data connection with other devices like a laptop. The Maemo tethering option from Joiku is called JoikuSpot and is ...

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    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 extensible ...

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    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 at the time, this release ...

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    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 devices--just go to Application ...

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    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 not ...

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    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. (via: Engadget)

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    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 2010; - Deliver our first Maemo 6-powered mobile ...

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    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, applications, and ...

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