Archive for October 5, 2010

MeeGo devices this year? Intel says no.

October 5, 2010 37 comments

Well in news that’s sure to bum out a number of us both here and elsewhere in the blogosphere, it would seem that we won’t be seeing any actual MeeGo devices (in our own hands at least) before the first half of 2011.

Doug Fisher, Vice President of Intel’s Software and Solutions Group and General Manager of Intel’s Systems Software Division stated quite clearly in a recent interview that while pleased with the progress MeeGo is making and the consistent meeting of deadlines, consumers would have to wait until next year to see and purchase them.  Bummer! 😦

As part of that interview, he also intimated that another handset maker was in talks concerning adopting MeeGo for their future devices. He conveniently neglected to mention the name of this manufacturer of course.

Who do you think the mystery manufacturer is?  Sound off below.

Thanks Rich!


Categories: Intel, Linux, Maemo, MeeGo, Nokia, Touch

Newer version of MeeGo running on the N900

October 5, 2010 13 comments

Here’s a video of a newer build of MeeGo, complete with hardware graphics acceleration (or so it would seem 🙂 )
That said, it’s a lot smoother and faster than previous builds we’ve seen before and looks to be coming along nicely.

The other piece of good  news is that it seems like MeeGo 1.1 is still on track for a release this year (coming month or two). Hopefully we see some good things at the MeeGo conference in November. Whether Nokia or other manufacturers could productize a device using this release by year end is an entirely different story altogether. Sound off in the comments.
Thanks Jim for the heads-up

Categories: Nokia

Ari Jaaksi, VP of MeeGo Devices resigns

October 5, 2010 9 comments

Well that’s something none of us expected. Given Nokia’s push for MeeGo as their singular high-end solution to compete with (read: crush) iOS and Android and the amount of buzz that has been generated both within and external to the company about this coming OS, it’s rather surprising that one of the most important men in charge of bringing these much-vaunted devices to the public is stepping down. This after 12 years at Nokia both on mobile browser development as well with Maemo/MeeGo and associated open source initiatives. I’m sure that the loss will be strongly felt within the company when he does indeed depart but we can rest assured that most of the work surrounding the upcoming MeeGo devices was probably finished in advance of the tendering of his resignation.

NB It takes around 12-24 months to create and productise any mobile device from concept to shipping.

Here’s to hoping that political and/or bureaucratic issues didn’t force Ari out and that he’s simply making use of the current period of transition in order to pursue new opportunities.

This news does make you wonder though, with 3 senior Finns leaving the company in relatively quick succession, does this signal a marked change in the type of thinking, management and communication that we can expect to see from the company in the future. Or is this a case of rats fleeing a sinking ship? Leave your opinions in the comments section

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Nokia N8 Compression Module Hacked! – Smooth 30FPS video and 11MB 12MP noise reduced images.

October 5, 2010 30 comments

During my lecture I read some comments here (thanks Alex68 for tip) and on twitter about hyperX’s mod for the N8 (he’s the guy responsible for giving the i8910 life after the glorious abandonment from Samsung) – google didn’t show anything but vaibhav from the handheldblog found the original hyperX post.

First to note is the N8’s image sizes. They’re incredibly compact. 12MP images are around 1-2MB. In comparison, the i8910 form samsung has 8MP at 3-4MB with the Panasonic Lumix TZ10 (camera) at a hefty 5MB for its 12MP shooter.

With file compression, you loose a touch of detail. Remarkably that’s less evident with the N8. This mod unfurls the compression from a slight 1-2MB to 11MB.

Just bask in that heavily noise reduced image. Look at the leaves and the clarity of the licence plate at this crop. Now the N8 has very high detail anyway (despite what engadget shows in their tests), and it would be interesting to see a comparison image of non-hacked N8.

Next the video. A change from 25FPS to 30FPS.

YouTube upload and Original file.

Download the original file from here.

Damien Dinning (head honcho, Nokia Imaging) has mentioned before that they are working on increasing frame rate (as well as possible continuous autofocus) – whether that will ever reach consumers and if so when is uncertain.

YouTube version below, though note that it’s still processing and youtube does mangle the quality/frame rate of the uploads.

  • Based on the original file – The panning whilst super quick is very smooth. There’s no sense of being inside jelly and the screen just wobbling. (But in the youtube video it seems to have dropped some frames as the jelly effect is much more obvious – though no where near as bad as on the SE VIVAZ where it feels like you’re in a blender)
  • Again for comparison of improvement we do need 25FPS version.
  • Colours look similar to the original photo but when uploaded there seems to be some sort of contrast boost.

HyperX VIA thehandheldblog

This hack sets the bar high for the N8 and S^3. I wonder what’ll come in future?

Categories: Nokia, Nseries, Video Tags: , , , , , , ,

Nokia N8 Available on (USA)

October 5, 2010 16 comments

20 minutes ago, N8 wasn’t on Amazon. Eagle eyed Kevin Siebens (thanks for the tip to noticed that now the Nokia N8 Black, Silver and Green are available.

Interestingly it’s shipping estimate is “1-2 months” and priced at $549 – around 340GBP

Amazon UK also has the N8 at the standard preorder price of 420GBP. This is of course SIM free (approx 20% more expensive than standard pay and go price)

Categories: Nokia, Nseries Tags: , , ,

27 minute hands-on with the Nokia N8

October 5, 2010 12 comments

Matthew Miller from Nokia Experts and ZDNet has put up a 27 minute hands on with a certain blue Nokia N8. Given that he’s somewhat well-versed in the use of Symbian devices it was a pretty smooth and thorough run-through given the obvious time and format limitations.

Some of the key take-aways from his video are below in quotes (“) my comments are after the  hyphen (-)

“RF reception is outstanding” – being in a basement seemed not to hamper his ability to pick up T-Mobile 3G.

“Video recording is very good” – We’ve seen a bunch of videos available online and they’re all pretty darn good.

“Games play quite good on the N8” – Seen quite a few demos of 3D games available and they’re pretty smooth while running.

“the missing podcast app”  – Obviously something Nokia have neglected even though there should be a free-ware  app available online. To add to that, where is a decent internet radio app eh Nokia?! Developers?!?

“The display looks great and touch works well” – Somewhat surprising but definitely a positive.

“The hardware is simply FANTASTIC and feels awesome in my hand” – Well that’s something we’ve heard time and again, I’ll have to get one in my hands before passing judgement on this however.

“The new Ovi Store is very good and I am buying apps from it” – This after vowing not to buy from the Ovi Store because it sucked so bad LOL :D, have to agree somewhat with him on that. The current incarnation of the store for S^1 devices, while much improved  on the original is not particularly fun to use or browse. Glad to see that’s changed. Now if only there was a greater selection. (Looks at lazy iPhone blinded developers.)

“I love that smart dialing is on the dialer” – I’ve seen it a couple times and it definitely looks nice. My only real criticism here is the lack of integration with the call log. Possible target for PR 1.1/2.0 firmware updates  please?

Also mentioned in the video is the great battery life on the

On to the negatives then

“The Calendar bites and needs work in future Symbian updates” – I agree that the UI for the calendar could definitely use some work. It is ADEQUATE at best, good to see the multiple calendar and Caldav support though.

“The software keyboard is OK, but a bit frustrating that prediction is poor and there is no portrait QWERTY” – I think everyone at Nokia probably realizes that the keyboard in both portrait and landscape could use some serious work.

First and foremost, the keyboard needs to hover and not cover the UI and entry fields. It’s rather cumbersome having to exit the keyboard and then re-enter it just to see what your friend said in the text you’re trying to reply to (4 taps and the associated pauses). Then there is the issue of only T9 in portrait, FIX THIS ASAP NOKIA.

While some (myself included) would find that T9 is faster, more accurate and easier to use with one hand, the OPTION to use a portrait keyboard that hovers is something that all of us would GREATLY appreciate. PR1.1 or earlier if possible please. That said, sources say that an English language portrait keyboard is indeed ready, just being held until other languages have been finished. Here’s to hoping for a pretty good prediction algorithm.

The iPhone and HTC Android devices are somewhat excellent in the regard.

As an addition, and I know this is beating a dead  horse, but please Nokia for the love of God push that browser update out ASAP. I’m rather underwhelmed by what I’ve seen thus far.