If you’re a Nokia enthusiast you probably check on the Nokia Conversations website pretty often and as such, you might have noticed the portal being down for the past couple of days in preparation for a redesign.
Check on it now and you’ll see a completely redesigned website which has Metro written all over it. Aside from the unique, minimalistic features of the Metro-style, the Conversations redesign comes just two days before the Nokia World event where the Finnish manufacturer is expected to launch its first ever Windows Phones.
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The Nokia N9, referred to as the first “pure touch” smartphone running MeeGo, was launched last week and, besides its sexy looks and specs it sports an eight-megapixel auto focus camera with Carl Zeiss optics.
The Nokia N8 with its 12-megapixel camera and Carl Zeiss optics might be dethroned by the N9 as, believe it or not, the MeeGo smartphone just simply takes stunning pictures. If you ever dreamed about dSLR-like quality on your smartphone check out the images below (and lots more over at the source link). Remember, these pictures were taken with pre-release N9 [...]
Getting faster with each beta release, Firefox 4 has now entered Release Candidate (RC) stage. The release candidate brings faster scrolling, better responsiveness with Firefox Sync and improves the overall user experience.
The RC brings much needed support for text-reflow, which wraps text to fit the screen when zooming in, allowing you to read a page without having to continually scroll left and right. Also new is the shrinking of several UI elements, such as the form input suggestions and the find-in-page bar, which allow you to see more of the web page while using the [...]
When Nokia and Microsoft signed up to be best-WP7-buddies, Nokia’s path to future smartphones seemed pretty clear. We recently took a look at the company’s plans for the next couple years, consisting of a gradual redirection of smartphone resources from Symbian^3-powered models to WP7 devices. There’s still a wildcard in the mix, though, as we haven’t been sure what to expect of Nokia’s MeeGo/Maemo development. The company excluded MeeGo from the future plans it revealed, making us think that continued work on the OS would find itself relegated to the back [...]
Moving on from December’s Beta 3, Mozilla has updated its work on Firefox 4 for Android and Maemo phones to Beta 4, bringing new features, bug fixes, and some supposedly impressive speed boosts.
Mozilla has a new beta of Firefox Mobile for you to try out, available now on the Android Market and as a download for Maemo smartphones.
Several of the changes in this beta deal with text entry. Mozilla says that the less you need to type in order to use its browser, the better. To that end, the URL bar now supports copy-and-pasting. For when you do have to enter text, Mozilla’s patched some keyboard bugs, and there’s better international text support thanks to compatibility with Arabic and Persian scripts.
The process by which you can sync a copy of Firefox [...]
Just as Microsoft has set its requirements for Windows Phone 7 hardware, in order to ensure minimum performance and quality standards, the cabal behind the open-source MeeGo operating system has revealed some of the specs that are going to be required of devices running future versions of the software.
Intel, Nokia, and now AMD are behind MeeGo development, which just made it to version 1.1. The system is based on a Linux core, like Android, and can adopt a variety of user interfaces to make it useful in devices like car navigation systems in addition to [...]
The MeeGo operating system has just been updated to version 1.1. The interesting part of the update is a feature (available for the Nokia N900) called U-Boot.
U-Boot enables support for dual booting between MeeGo and Maemo. It has not taken very long for this to be tested. A video has been released showing the Nokia N900 dual booting between the two operating systems.
It is still a complex process that requires some kernel editing and a microSD card. Once further work has been done, it should be straightforward. Install a few packages, write the MeeGo file system images [...]
A Nokia N900 has been hacked to run games written specifically for the webOS platform. A video posted on YouTube shows The Sims3 running perfectly on the device.
It is not that much of a surprise when you consider the Nokia N900 shares quite a few hardware similarities with the Palm Pre. They both have an OMAP3430 processor, PowerVR SGX GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) and both operating systems are based on Linux. Native webOS applications are written with SDL 1.2 which the N900 also supports.
Members of a Maemo forum also report success with Need for Speed [...]
In an unsurprising yet major shake-up for the mobile industry, Nokia has announced that it will replace current CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo with former Microsoft executive Stephan Elop. The ex-president of Redmond’s business software group — putting him in charge of the Office lineup — Canadian-born Elop will begin his new position on September 21st, just days after his predecessor gives a final keynote speech at the annual Nokia World event in London.
Elop, a high-level executive at Juniper Systems and Adobe before joining Microsoft in 2008, enters a company that [...]
Ideally, a beautiful phone will work beautifully as well, but since we don’t live in a perfect world, are you a substance kind of geek who prefer function over form or a design geek where form triumphs over function? This question seems to be answered differently by Apple, RIM, and Nokia in response to Apple’s iPhone 4‘s reception woes.
Steve Jobs addressed the iPhone 4’s reception problems in yesterday’s press conference, mocking the term “Antennagate” in his remarks. Jobs says that Apple isn’t perfect and phones aren’t [...]
While the demo shown is for Intel’s and Nokia’s MeeGo operating system collaboration, the features on MeeGo’s tablet edition would look great on a wide screen phone with extra width for real estate. While some features, like an app drawer, are similar to Android’s operating system, other features such as task switcher and task management are more similar to Nokia’s Maemo 5 operating system as well as the new Symbian^3.
Intel and Nokia have promised that MeeGo will also be headed for the smartphone market and the companies’ works for [...]
In a twist, while the Android Archos 5 was hacked to show it running Maemo, there is news that the Maemo Nokia N900 has also been hacked to run Android 2.1 this time around. Adventurous users–which should be most, if not all, of the N900’s open, Linux-based community–can head over to NITDroid to get the instructions on getting Maemo to work. So far, the touchscreen and keyboard are fully functional in Android mode.
The Archos 5–which is a portable personal media device that runs Google’s Android operating system–was shown running Maemo 5, the operating system of choice for the Nokia N900. Performance is said to be stable and fast, but WiFi may be the only component that’s missing.
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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” [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]