Dubbed a “pre-pre-alpha”, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is slowly making its way onto the Nokia N900 — yes, the N900.
You might recall, the N900 originally ran the Linux Maemo operating system and has been used for all kinds of hacks and ports along the way.
It’s legacy lives on with an unreleased port of the AOSP version of Ice Cream Sandwich. Based on what we can see in the video, not all the drivers are present, and it seems more than just a little laggy, but even still, how cool is that?
What legacy device would you like to see Ice [...]
The Nokia N900 is successfully handling Google’s latest mobile operating system, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, after initially it ran Android 2.1 Eclair and even 2.2 Froyo.
The same NITDroid team is behind the Gingerbread Nokia treat way before other legacy Android devices have a chance of running the latest mobile OS. Key functionalities like telephony, WiFi, 3G, sound and other features are reported as working but, as with every port, there are some glitches the team is trying to fix. Their target is to have an experimental release ready before New Year (besides a fully [...]
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 [...]
The Nokia N900 is full of surprises! The QWERTY slide-out device which we posted being compared to the HTC HD2’s on screen keyboard was also famous for the way it handled Android.
Back in May, we reported the Maemo powered Nokia N900 was running Android 2.1 thanks to the good people over at NITDroid but it looks like there’s no limits when it comes to technology. The same device is now happily running Android 2.2 Froyo and it seems to be running it quite well! One of the greatest achievments of Android 2.1 was the browser which was quite fast and was counter [...]
Simply put, MeeGo is Nokia’s answer to Android. Intel and Nokia have been working on it together to try and bring new life into Nokia’s product offerings. It’s got potential. Currently MeeGo is still “pre-alpha” and the UI is still developing. The Nokia version of the UI is very heavily “Nokia influenced”, rather than Intel’s UI for netbooks and tablets.
MeeGo is a Linux-based, open-source operating system which includes various API’s and is finger-friendly. All of which sound very similar to Android.
According to the [...]
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.
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.
While the Linux-based Android is suffering from fragmentation even in just the smartphone category, it seems that Nokia and Intel–parents behind the MeeGo OS–are hoping to follow the Apple strategy to unit smartphones and other smart computing devices under a single OS, which may in turn help the open-source Linux-based MeeGo earn some developer attention. There are separate builds right now–one for ARM-based smartbooks (netbooks), one for ARM-based smartphones (like the Nokia N900, which previous ran Maemo 5), and one for Intel Moorestown-powered devices like the LG [...]
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” [...]
While some people were disappointed that the iPad didn’t run the full-blown Mac OS X instead of the iPhone OS, a hack on the powerful Maemo Linux Nokia N900 allows the device to run Mac OS X 10.3 on an ARM chipset. Although the mammoth OS boots and operates fine, performing any simple task would take a near eternity to complete.
(via: IntoMobile on Twitter via Toni Nikkanen’s personal blog)
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 [...]
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 [...]
One of the chief complaints about AMOLED and OLED display technologies is that they do not perform as well under direct sunlight as their LCD counterpart, with the former two having washed out, unreadable screens. We have witnessed that to a certain degree with the GSM Omnia II when the Samsung device initially launched. However, it seems that this may not be case anymore as the Omnia II is pitted against the LCD of the Nokia N900 and the AMOLED display performs quite well, besting the N900 under the bright sun. I had found both to be quite usable under examination under the cloudy [...]
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 [...]