Posts tagged with: MeeGo
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    You wouldn't know it based on our recent coverage, but BlackBerry 10 isn't the only new platform making waves in mobile these days. In the shadow of the world's huge tech players, companies with a fraction of the age and mindshare toil away at mobile operating systems unsponsored by the Apples and Googles of the world. Some, like the fledgling Open webOS, are remnants of once-grander initiatives. Others, like Mozilla's Firefox OS, have their eyes set firmly on the world's developing markets. Still others, like the Mobile Ubuntu build we checked out at CES, feature awesome software, but ...

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    Rarely has the "lull" between trade shows given us so much to talk about. We kicked off the week with an exciting announcement welcoming two new members to the Pocketnow team, and since then we've barely been able to keep news, editorials, and videos on the front page long enough to read them. This feed is on fire. From ever-strengthening rumors about the HTC M7 and Samsung Galaxy S IV, to interviews with newcomers like Jolla, to new looks at old friends with BlackBerry 10, to modding and jailbreaking today's top smartphones, we've gotten a lot done since the last episode of the Weekly, ...

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    Ever wish you had more choices when it came to smartphones? We're not just talking about hardware; do you ever find yourself thinking that none of the major software platforms are hitting all the notes you're looking for? If that's the boat you find yourself in, 2013 could be a very exciting year for you. While over the past couple years we've seen the variety in smartphone platforms dry up quite a bit, losing webOS and with Symbian on the outs, there are a handful of intriguing projects that should be coming to fruition in the near future. Mozilla's got its Firefox OS, set to debut next ...

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    Nokia's work with MeeGo (as well as Maemo) handsets never quite got the chance to succeed that it might have deserved. The hardware arrived around a pivotal moment in Nokia's history, where the company's direction in the smartphone world was about to take a sharp turn, perhaps leading to these models just not receiving the attention they needed. As a result, it appears that Nokia ended up shelving plans for some of the hardware it had been working on, and today we get a chance to take a look at just such a model. This is supposedly the RM-742 "Lauta", planned as the direct sequel to the ...

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    I don't know about you but for me, even after so many years of covering phones and tablets, a new device feels like Christmas, whether it is one I receive for review, one I purchase for myself, or one I happen to help someone else unbox and setup. Phone or tablet, regardless of make and model, platform or form factor, we all have our habits whenever we get a new gadget. My routine (whenever not doing a review) is: quick and dirty unboxing, fully charging it, go through the setup process, go through all of the elements in Settings and customizing according to my needs. So far so good. The ...

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    It's bragging time again! After we've seen your home and lock screens, we now want to see the best picture you've ever taken with your phone or tablet. Whether your phone is the Apple iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X, Nokia 808 PureView, and any other or your tablet is the Apple iPad, Iconia Tab, Transformer, and any one of the rest, the best camera is always the one that's with you, when you need it. Turning moments into memories, freezing a landscape or just shooting for fun, with today's gadgets there's rarely the need for you to take an additional camera with you all the ...

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    Depending on the operating system you use you might be able to tweak the lock screen of your phone in order to suit your needs. Aside from typical notifications for missed calls, text, e-mails, calendar appointments and such, some platforms (or skins running on top of it, if available) allow you to add all sorts of widgets to keep you informed at a single glance. Other operating systems barely allow you to change the wallpaper so this is pretty much the only thing which can make your phone stand out from the rest. We've recently seen all the great home screen layouts you're using and now ...

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    Wallpapers (live or static), widgets, tiles, and icons. Whether your platform of choice is Android, iOS, Windows Phone, or another one, alive or abandoned, we all strive to find that perfect combination of looks and functionality. Seeing as much information as possible (necessary) at a single glance is the most important thing for some, while others prefer a mild, pleasant look and feel of their home screen so that they can show that visual appeal off. Show us your home screen! Regardless of your platform powering your phone (or tablet, for that matter), snap a screenshot and post it ...

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    You won't find many people that will argue with the statement that Nokia makes some really great hardware. What some may not know is that Nokia can also develop some pretty nice software, too! Meego was proof of that, before the project was killed off. Today Nokia and Microsoft are buddies. An advantage Nokia phones had over other Windows Phones was the inclusion of their own location-based apps, most notably Drive. Nokia Drive is an intelligent GPS-based navigation app with some logic built in to help monitor traffic and dynamically re-route based on conditions. Sounds familiar, right? ...

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    Near Field Communication is just now starting to become somewhat widespread among smartphones, with support for the feature included on several popular new models. Considering we've been waiting for well over a year to see NFC take off, that sounds like great news. Could ubiquitous NFC support end up being a cures, though, rather than a blessing? One hacker is sounding the alarm that NFC, as currently implemented on many smartphones, is just asking to be exploited to the detriment of phone owners. The problems that lead to these vulnerabilities are due to issues on multiple levels, and the ...

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    About a week ago, some smartphone news dropped that was either earth-shattering or completely irrelevant, depending on your point of view. It's my bet that most of our readers fall into the latter camp, as most of our coverage is devoted to the top three platforms in the mobile world. In fact, we didn't even run a story on this piece of news, so tangential was it to the modern mobile landscape. The news in question: the MeeGo platform isn't quite as dead as the world thought it was. Specifically, a team of ex-Nokia employees has leapt from the wobbly deck of the beleaguered phone ...

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    Those (many) who complained or felt a bit bitter about Nokia turning towards Microsoft instead of Google for their new platform of choice should pay special attention to NITDroid and "Project Mayhem". It's as close as it gets when it comes to Android on a Nokia device, in this case the N9. It's not just any build of Android, but 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich! As we reported on its progress earlier, the "Project Mayhem" Alpha Release 1 is now out and allows for a dual-boot kernel to let you choose between platforms at start-up. There's a really long list of things working (yay!) -- among which ...

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    Apple and some others might disagree but you really can't ignore the voice of the market! It sure looks like people want their smartphones to be as thin as possible with a screen size many would call "relatively large" or "beyond their sweet-spot". According to a recent Strategy Analytics survey, people in the U.K. and U.S. have spoken: they want screen sizes that measure anywhere between 4.0 and 4.5-inches in diagonal. This not only is contrary to Apple's current trend of screen sizes but it also conflicts with a new direction: phablets. Though they represent two separate segments of the ...

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    The PR1.2 update for the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9 hasn't even started rolling out yet and we're hearing rumors of PR1.3 already in the testing phase. PR1.2 is expected to bring more than 3,500 improvements when it will be hitting N9 devices (after the N950). As far as PR1.3 is concerned, we're already received hints of its existence last month. However, a report unveiled that PR1.3 is already in use, probably in testing, as uncovered with the help of a bug posted. The PR1.3 reference is the only one mentioning the update and, while it can be just an error, we wouldn't be surprised to see ...

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    For a phone that never really had a fair shot to be successful, cursed to launch as the lone handset on a dying platform, the Nokia N9 has been surprisingly prolific. Perhaps more than in any other way, it's the phone's design that has had the most influence in shaping the direction of the company's follow-up work on Lumia-series Windows Phone handsets. To a dedicated group of users, the N9 is undervalued hardware worth fighting for, and they've been hard at work looking for ways to expand its functionality. One of the most ambitious projects is to bring the latest version of Android to ...

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    Overnight, we told you about the big MeeGo Harmattan PR1.2 update that will soon be going out to owners of the N9. All told, PR1.2 is supposed to be one pretty-darn feature-packed release, containing what Nokia claims to be over 3,500 fixes and other improvements. While that all sounded great, we still didn't know just when the update would be arriving. It's still nothing absolute, but some tweets from a Nokia employee now give us an idea of just when PR1.2 might land for the N9. Sotiris Makrygiannis is Nokia's Director of applications for Meego, so he's certainly someone who should be in ...

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    When we reviewed the Nokia N9 back in November we had a couple of comments related to the software side. The PR1.2 update -- we saw its initial screenshots last year -- should bring a couple of features as we've recently heard. Turns out that video calling, application folders, Camera and Gallery improvements are not the only new things to grace the N9. There will be a total number of more than 3,500 fixes, tweaks and improvements. The information comes officially from Nokia and, if you happen to have a Nokia N950 developer device, the new Harmattan PR1.2 update will soon land on your ...

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    Right after we reviewed the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9 back in November -- and complained about some of the missing features of the platform -- screenshots emerged of a PR1.2 update, though without any specific details. Recently, some more screenshots indicate what might also be included with the platform refresh. One of the thing we complained about in the N9 (running MeeGo PR1.1 back then) was the fact that there was absolutely no use for the front-facing camera. PR1.2 seems to resolve that with the addition of video calling capabilities. The panel dedicated to the applications will get ...

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    On behalf of the entire Pocketnow staff, allow me to wish you a very Happy New Year, with health, luck, prosperity and all (and only) good things! We'd like to thank all of you for helping us make 2011 the best year ever! We have lots of great stuff coming up in 2012 and we're confident it will be an even better year! Thanks again for your support and we wish you all the best!

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    The MeeGo-powered Nokia N9, basically the twin brother of the Lumia 800 Windows Phone, is available in the U.K. via etailers like eXpansys. Usually the phone goes £454.99 (around $700) but if you hurry you might grab it at a much lower price. The pink one goes for £369.99 (roughly $570) and the cyan for £379.99 (around $585). These are all 16GB versions but if you prefer to have more storage and opt for the 64GB variant, you'll have to spend £579.99 (around $895). These prices are for unlocked phones with no contract and checking out the source links below you can also see how many ...

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    The world's first GSM phone call was placed on July 1, 1991, when Finnish prime minister Harri Holkeri called Kaarina Suonio, mayor of Tampere city. Almost 21 years later Germany's Security Research Labs has found that there's a major security flaw in the system. According to researchers, an attacker could gain remote control of GSM phones and send text messages or place calls. Billions of people are using GSM technology which accounts for more than 80% of the global market. The vulnerability discovered could expose each and every one of these devices and could affect "hundreds of ...

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    Nokia has already started distributing the PR1.1 for the MeeGo-powered N9 but it's good to know that the manufacturer is dedicated to maintaining the phone up to date. Screenshots of what appears to be PR1.2 have surfaced on the internet. Apparently there will be many new and cool things added to the phone. There's a new button to manage applications, a new camera user interface that has separate controls for the camera flash and options, same with video recording LED flash, new and stylish buttons, color profiles, face recognition in Gallery and more. Check out the source link for more ...

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    Initially there were no plans for Nokia to bring its MeeGo-powered N9 to America but it appears that the Finnish manufacturer might have changed its mind. If you follow the source link to Amazon you'll see the phone listed with "Nokia" as its seller. You'll currently pay $649.99 for the phone, and, as we told you with the occasion of our review, it's a great device, though current iOS, Android and Windows Phone users are unlikely to jump ship and on-board the MeeGo train. If you're new to smartphones the N9 is a great addition though the price could be lower. Let us know if you're getting ...

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    Nokia's N9 started getting its first major update, to PR1.1, earlier this month. The feature list contained a whole assortment of changes, and helped out with phone performance thanks to tweaks in multitasking and memory management. Nokia's just revealed one change that didn't make it into PR1.1 and will arrive in a future update, altering how the phone's default font appears in an effort to make it more readable. The problem now, as Nokia sees it, is that adjacent lines of the default Nokia Pure Text font are spaced too closely together. If you're reading English text, it probably already ...

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    The Nokia N9 was announced as being the first "pure-touch" smartphone without the need or presence of hardware/capacitive buttons on the front of the device in order to operate it. It is powered by MeeGo, a platform Stephen Elop said "inspires both confidence and excitement" in October 2010; that was before the February 2011 moment where Nokia decided to go Windows Phone and abandon the platform. However, Espoo chose to give MeeGo a chance on its Nokia N9 and they did a good job! The phone is built around the single gesture common to all people, which is the swipe. The whole experience is ...

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