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Video: Android 2.3 Gingerbread demo on the Nokia N900

December 27, 2010 11 comments

On Christmas eve-eve we saw that Android 2.3 had been successfully ported to the N900 via the NITDroid project.

Below we can see N900 with Smooth Gingerbread action. Cheers Keith for the heads up!

Demoed features include:

  • Homescreen
  • Web Browser
  • Akwardly small portrait keyboard (is that the landscape keyboard just in wrong orientation?)
  • Dialler

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Video: Nokia N900 and AR Drone with MeeGo – developing with Qt – best development platform?

December 24, 2010 6 comments

Man I so totally want one of these AR Drones!

Check it out with the  powered Nokia N900. You’ve got not only a phone controlled quadropter, it sends live video feedback directly to the phone.

That’s not the cool thing. This is a project by Kate Alhola to learn MeeGo and Qt Quick whilst having fun with flying gadgets.

The original blogpost is very informative, covering things such as how to make modern apps with Qt Quick components, making MeeGo versions of iPhone applications as well as dispelling the myth that Maemo is not dead and people should still develop for it, albeit with Qt.

The best option today is to develop with maemo5 with Qt and Qt Quick and when a MeeGo handset is released, just deploy your application for it, it is that easy.

There’s also mention of a “MeeGo base device”. I don’t know if that’s N900 or a special MeeGo device for Nokia internally. Finally an interesting note on Qt as the best development platform where (cheesiness) the only limit is your imagination. Well that’s good, and hopefully more developers see it this way.

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Nokia N900 gets Gingerbread Android 2.3 (before most other Android phones!)

December 23, 2010 7 comments

The N900 Tagline: Is there anything this phone CANNOT do?!

As you might know the N900 has already been taking host of Android for quite some time, also getting Froyo before many other supposed “Android Phones” :p. (Heh, All the other manufacturers are lucky Nokia’s not making Android phones as we all know they’d whip all their asses :p haha). To be fair, they would generally get 100% working versions and may have to negotiate their way around the network.

Here it is with the latest from Google’s Android Phone OS – Android 2.3 AKA Gingerbread.

This is also produced by the NITDroid team, mainly Alexey Roslyakov (DrunkDebugger). Reports suggest N900 digesting gingerbread with relative ease as WiFi, 3G, Sound and other features working. However, there are some niggles that still require addressing. N900 really lives up to its reputation as being one of if not the most hackable phone around. Shame there was no Maemo 6 phone to be playing with right now. Ah well, faith tossed up to MeeGo.

Speaking of MeeGo. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if MeeGo tablet were to get Honeycomb (3.0).

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Nokia N900 and Nokia 5530 in Google’s top 5 most searched consumer electronics 2010.

December 10, 2010 10 comments

Mashable reported yesterday that from Google’s zeitgeist (report on most searched terms) that in the consumer electronics category, TWO of the top 5 were the Nokia N900 (5th) and Nokia 5530 (3rd). First place was the iPad, 2nd iPhone 4 and 4th was HTC Evo 4G.

Not N8 huh? After all the fuss, leaks, drama, reviews?

Thanks for the heads up Alan!

If you’re interested to see how the world searched in 2010, check out the video below:

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Categories: Maemo, Nokia, Nseries, Symbian, Video Tags: , ,

Nokia Beta Labs now brings Nokia Software Updater (NSU) 3.0.223 Beta

December 4, 2010 3 comments

Hey all, it’s LLAADD again!

It looks like the people over at Nokia Beta Labs are really working hard to get us all some nice things before x-mas as they have just churned out yet another update and this time it is in the form of Nokia Software Updater (aka NSU) 3.0.223 beta which has minor updates from the previous NSU 3.0.156 back in October.

Before I tell you about the changes I just wanted to say keep up the good work to the people over at Nokia Beta Labs as this is the third thing this week and 7th thing in the last 2 weeks which is a jam packed fortnight in the world of software!

OK back to NSU, this update will help to fix some of those bugs with trying to update applications on the N8  as well as the way it helps you to recover your phone if the unfortunate happened and update failed. A full list of updates is below Read more…

Video: Nokia Ovi Ad N900 – Ovi Journeys demo

December 2, 2010 4 comments


I don’t know if this is new, all I know is I’ve never seen it before.

It’s a guy kinda going through his day using Ovi services.

Now I’m not sure why they’re talking about N900. It doesn’t have a Nokia Facebook/Twitter app and navigation still lacks voice prompts (As well as other Ovi Maps features in Symbian, though it does have an excellent layout – settings not buried in menus)

It appears the whole map/facebook/twitter thing is something called Ovi Journeys. Now if you’re a Nokia Uber Geek you’ll have heard that around October last year, Ovi Journeys was said to be the Evolution of Sports Tracker. A geotagging app that tracked your GPS route.

Also check out the screens saying “People” like MeeGo and not “Contacts” like maemo. As well as the Music Store which I was not aware we had on N900.

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Video: Preview of CloudGPS – Smoothest maps for Nokia N900 – with accelerometer control, 3D buildings and instant zoom

November 21, 2010 1 comment

Ash from MeeGo Experts has found a cool video by Damian Waradzyn on VIMEO showing a preview of cloudGPS 0.3.9 for the Nokia N900. You can find out more about it at the thread on talk.maemo.org.

It’s a very slick operation. The maps can be scrolled through extremely quickly, you’ve got accelerometer controls of maps, experimental 3D buildings, instant zooming (very fast), and really quick GPS based map rotation

talk.maemo.org. MeeGo Experts

Thanks to Jim again for the heads up to tips@mynokiablog.com

Video: Very Smooth N900/Maemo 5 CPS2 Emulator – Marvel vs Capcom, Street Fighter Alpha 3, X-Men vs Street Fighter and more

November 18, 2010 1 comment

Check this out. This is a CPS2 Emulator to play some of those vintage Capcom Play System II games on the Nokia N900.

No overclocking needed this is a very efficient emulator that runs perfectly at the stock 600MHz (some other emulators – e.g. – needed N900 to be overclocked)

And due to the keyboard you can play this game without obstructing the screen or hacking for touch controls. Of course you can also hook up SIXAXIS controllers to the N900. You’re pretty much not limited on Maemo 5.

Games in order of appearance:
Alien vs. Predator
Marvel Super Heroes
Marvel vs. Capcom
Street Fighter Alpha 3
X-Men vs. Street Fighter

Recorded using the video-out port into Composite RCA (which is why quality isn’t the best)

[YOUTUBE=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAsJ8loR_ZA]

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Event: First MeeGo Conference 2010 begins today (15th – 17th) 09:00 GMT

November 15, 2010 4 comments

The FIRST ever MeeGo conference begins today in Dublin at 09:00GMT. (Well today if we’re ignoring the early bird sessions that happened during the weekend). No more Maemo Summit, it is now of course all about MeeGo.

The overview of the events are as shown below, but a much detailed programme list can be found here. <<Please check it out!

I’m not attending as I have placements this week that I could not miss but we’ll still try and provide a good coverage of some of the more interesting aspects when we can. What’s cool is that a lot of the main events are being live streamed. The very first two are must watch: Strategic Freedom with MeeGo at 9:15-9:45 with Doug Fisher (Intel Vice President, Software and Services Group, General Manager, Systems Software Division) and MeeGo Momentum and the Qt App Advantage at 09:45 – 10:15 with Alberto Torres (Executive Vice President, MeeGo Computers, Mobile Solutions).

On Tuesday, November 16th, I’ll would be really looking forward to MeeGo Handset UX Roadmap (also live streamed) with Sami Pienimäki at 4:30PM – 5:10PM but most likely I’d still be at my placement.

The session will give an introduction into the MeeGo Handset UX activities and its current status, the vision and goals, the roadmap and deliverables in particular hardware profiles. It will also address the compliance plans, the participants and co-operation model, and how to get involved.

And look what happens at the end of the Conference: Ireland / Norway Football Game at Aviva 😮 Nice.

There’s so much to get out of the MeeGo Conference! So much to find out and learn, possibly many devices to go play around with 😀 TI OMAP 4 and ST ERICSSON U8500 reference designs with MeeGo.

What are you most looking forward to at MeeGo Conference? What are your expectations?

Day 1 – November 15th, 2010

8:00-9:00: Continental Breakfast
9:00-12:00: Keynotes
12:00-13:00: Lunch Provided
13:00-17:10: Sessions
17:15-17:55: BOFs: Birds of a Feather Sessions
Evening: Welcome Reception @ Aviva!

Day 2 – November 16th, 2010

8:00-9:00: Continental Breakfast
9:00-12:00: Sessions
12:10-13:00: Lunch Provided
13:00-17:10: Sessions
17:15-18:40: BOFs: Birds of a Feather Sessions
Evening: Guinness Storehouse event

Day 3 – November 17th, 2010

8:00-9:00: Continental Breakfast
9:00-12:00: Unconference sessions, lightning talks, and BOFs
12:45-13:45: Lunch Provided
13:45-15:30: Unconference sessions and BOFs
Evening: Football (Soccer) game at Aviva!)

Video: 15 minutes with MeeGo 1.1 on the Nokia N900

October 31, 2010 11 comments

amandahoic from amanda_hoic.mysinablog.com/) has recorded a video demo of MeeGo 1.1 on the N900.

It’s not in English (but Cantonese) but you can still appreciate what’s going on in MeeGo. Note this is the basic Vanilla colour scheme of Vanilla MeeGo which will look different to Nokia’s MeeGo Handset (Harmattan)

  • 01:43 – Dialler/call page (actions like loudspeaker/hold/mute don’t seem to have icons yet. I’d love to see Symbian’s contact search on MeeGo whereby you just type numbers on the dialler and either a number from your phone book comes up (based on the typed name) or you can go ahead and call a new number.
  • 02:53 – The tabbed interface makes it easy to switch to recent calls/phone book/favourites (or whatever that star is). I HOPE MeeGo accepts swipe gestures and NOT just button pressing of those tabs.
  • 03:15 – App icons are fewer this time and the design has changed again.
  • – Apps are oddly taking much longer to open.
  • 03:30- Short look at SMS/Calendar
  • 04:40 – Video Gallery. I like the alphabet at the top to make it easy to just slide on over to whatever the video name is without having to type-search it.
  • 05:40 – Photoviewer (taking longer than usual to generate thumbnails). I like the connected thumbnails as opposed to having gaps.
  • 06:46 – Music player – interesting interface – the music buttons are always visible even if you’re searching music. I like that. Album art (if any) and album track listing appears at selection. It would be nice to have some clickable breadcrumbs/tabs to go back at certain points without having to press back again and again. Or just persistent tabs in general. Artist/Album/Song
  • 07:12 Multitasker – Big Symbian^3 esque windows/cards. But Maemo Esque in that these are LIVE active windows. Not static images (or worse, a shitty icon). Note that you have notification at the top of the location of your window (with dots/hollow dots). Bottom navigation bar still visible. I like that. Note that if multitouch were possible you could pinch and have the grid view.
  • 07:34 – Multitasker in portrait. Check out that live music player window and how it’s still moving. (Even the photo viewer tries to regenerate thumbnails – though why is another issue) I really love that aspect in Maemo 5. It feels like you’re truly multitasking and it’s also very practical in that you know exactly what’s happening in that window/what you’re multitasking.
  • 07:47 – cleaner rotate from portrait to landscape. We’ve seen it performed faster before. I much prefer having a rotate animation than a subtle “bang” im another orientation. We would expect iPad like rotation in that as soon as you move a little it turns. No more wait after a second or even half a second. Especially for 2011 when this is announced/released.
  • 08:25 – Web Browser. N900 – vanguard of desktop class browsing on a mobile phone. There’s firefox mobile. I hope it gets pinch and zoom by release. (or failing that, give us MicroB)
  • 11:20 – Xterminal – for the Linux Pros amongst you.
  • 11:45 – People / Contacts app.
  • 12:50 – Chat – facebook chat, google talk etc.
  • 13:25 – Settings – That’s the right most button on the navigation bar.  Pretty empty at the moment.
  • 14:15 – Battery indicator view says how many minutes in addition to the visual indicator. (Like old internet tablets 770/N800)

[YOUTUBE=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsTw6t2Rwgk]

amandahoic