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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 [...]
The accept-by-default nature of NFC on smartphones is a huge security oversight just asking to be taken advantage of.
So, for a new contender like Jolla to emerge from the ashes of Nokia's "burning platform," dust off a discarded gem like MeeGo, and say, "we're gonna make a go of it" is the stuff of high drama in the mobile world. That's probably as exciting as it gets for we followers of the underdogs. But it's important to overcome the initial, instinctive surge of hopeful adrenaline so we can ask a crucial, if sobering, question: in this climate, can any new smartphone OS hope to survive?
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.
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]