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Video: MeeGo handset UX on Nokia N900 – More widgets and multitasking

Here’s another look at the latest build of MeeGo handset UX on the Nokia N900. [click for previous vid]

Scrolling looks buttery smooth (and fast, no more endless flicking) in some places though choppy in others.

At 07:39 you’ll see “speech bubble” what looks to be a threaded messaging of sort, and at

10:40 you’ll see the dynamic multitasking. First linear scrolling of live windows like Symbian^3 but with pinch and zoom becomes grid like, ala N900 and Maemo. But since N900 doesn’t have multitouch you’ll only see the linear mode.

Note: Nokia’s UI will be a little different from the stock MeeGo. Eldar has mentioned it looks better.

And also, if anyone is able to confirm: Nokia’s first ‘MeeGo Phone’ might actually be on Harmattan (rebrand of Maemo 6?) rather than MeeGo 1.0? or is N9 already MeeGo 1.0?

via amandahoic

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  1. Keith
    August 22, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    @Jay I’m pretty sure that the N9 was running MeeGo. Coz if you have a closer look at the picture of the N9, you could see the homescreen with the same 4-dot menu button as shown in the video. You could also see battery, and time at the top. So my bet is that N9 will run MeeGo

  2. JFH
    August 22, 2010 at 4:01 pm


    Of course, the N9 will run something that we call MeeGo. The question is, what is this MeeGo.
    You see, the MeeGo that will ship in the N9 is actually based on Harmattan, or Maemo 6, or whatever you want to call it. Factually, MeeGo on the N9 will still use .deb, whereas the final MeeGo end state, merges Intel & Nokia OS will be based on .rpm.

    There are many more differences, but the important thing is, this will not matter for users. Harmattan has been MeeGo-fied, and once in future true MeeGo is there, all of the apps will just continue to work.

    There are many better explanations on talk.maemo.org, but this is how I understand it currently.

    • mja
      August 22, 2010 at 4:15 pm

      2nd to that.

    • A-S-D
      August 22, 2010 at 10:02 pm

      actually, because MeeGo still isn’t finished, it will probably be installed on the N9 once finished. It is currently using Maemo 6 probably to test the hardware features etc.

  3. Jim
    August 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    it seems that they implemented a lot of features. actually starting from 25 aug meego is supposed to enter in beta stage, so there will be a feature freeze and start fixing bugs and improve speed.

    I don’t find that picture , but I’m sure there is on meego site. it was something like this : moblin 2.2 will become meego 1.0 and maemo 6 will become meego 1.1 and from there meego 1.2 will be build together .

  4. August 23, 2010 at 4:27 am

    Thanks for referring my video on your site =D

    After playing out this particular MeeGo Handset UX build, I feel that the MeeGo developers have worked very hard in completing the low level and framework stuffs; but the frontend apps are not that ready at the moment. I’m not sure why there are such large difference in terms of application quality and readiness between the apps demonstrated by the Day 1 video running on the Aava machine and the build we have for the N900 — the Aava one has most applications running pretty well while the N900 builds we’ve been testing in these weeks have very few applications running. I don’t believe different CPU architecture would result in such large difference? Or is it just that those applications are yet to be ported to the N900 and developers feel its lower priority to do just that?

    Regarding the Harmattan vs the real MeeGo, as well as many other MeeGo variations such as SuSE MeeGo and many others…I think all these news are creating a whole bunch of confusing messages to consumers (as well as developers) to understand what MeeGo really is. I don’t know how we can sort these out, but I believe we definitely need better marketing on what MeeGo really is, and what it would offer to the end users.

    • mja
      August 23, 2010 at 9:40 am

      Nice vid! I think MeeGo on N900 is a project of some smallish group of guys from Nokia and some other companies whereas the Aava platform is backed by Intel and probably Nokia as _the_ future thing. Aava is x86 and N900 is ARM so maybe that’s why N900 is lagging. And remember that the N9 (which is ARM) will run Harmattan and not the same MeeGo Handset that is available for the N900.

      Just my 2 cents.

  5. mja
    August 23, 2010 at 9:38 am

    N9 specs rumoured: noknok.tv/2010/08/23/nokia-n9-rm-680-meego-specs-emerge/

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