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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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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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Poll: IF Nokia Smartphones could have ANY but only ONE OS, which should it be?

December 22, 2010 44 comments

A frequent suggestion in blog comments relating to Nokia is to go with Android/WP7 and when it was available, to go buy Palm for WebOS. Why? Nokia has in house, Symbian and Maemo, the latter of which has become MeeGo – though the phone side has no presence on the market since there are no purpose built MeeGo phones.

Well in this transition stage where Symbian is waiting for the major UI change and MeeGo is still waiting to escape the birth canal, frustration rests upon some users and onlookers of Symbian^3 (the only real Nokia smartphone choice atm) as not having the same glitsy glamour and UI appeal of its competition. Nokia is always praised for the hardware, though last year with N900 got rapturous awe for its powerful and potential filled software – but that’s now canned for MeeGo.

Therefore, is it rightly so that Nokia should look to others as a temporary measure? Or is this not suitable for Nokia’s long term success? Does a successful phone manufacturer need it’s own operating system to survive? There’s a lot resting on the events that unfold for Nokia in 2011.

In an ideal world where anything could happen – If Nokia Smartphones could have any but only one Operating System, what would you like it to be? Read more…

Wow! Nokia N8 Rockchip Dual Core ARM 9 with Android 2.1 and 800X480 display. More than your ordinary China clone!

December 12, 2010 14 comments

Last month we saw a Nokia N8 Clone sporting an Android Clone UI. Not really Android, just a skin that made it appear to look like Android.

Well, back in August a picture of a Nokia N8 Clone was found, complete with Android 2.1 and Android buttons.

More details surface from Yesky that says this is a dual core ARM 9?!

  • Alloy Case
  • 3.5″ Resistive (bright and clear)
  • 800×480
  • Android 2.1 with back, menu, home page, search buttons
  • 115 × 60 × 14mm (real N8 113.5 x 59 x 12.9 mm)
  • Rockchip ARM 9 (Not A9!) Dual Core 600MHz + DSP 500MHz (Real Nokia N8 ARM 11, 680MHz with Broadcom GPU)
  • Smooth 720p playback apparently
  • 128MB RAM << erm what?
  • 256MB ROM
  • 5.0 MP Camera Dual LED
  • Headphone Jack
  • MicroSD up to 32GB
  • WiFi
  • A-GPS
  • Gravity-sensor
  • Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR with A2DP stereo headset profiles
  • 1400mAh battery, good for 2 days use supposedly (not sure if it’s replaceable)

Well, that’s not your typical knock off bargain basement dual-SIM fanfare that we’re used to. Not sure what the price is.

More pics in gallery

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Video: Nokia N8 with ‘Android’ from your friendly neighbourhood N8 China Clone (Unboxing vid)

November 13, 2010 3 comments

We’ve seen the China Clone N8 in many places, even before the actual official N8. Here’s the retail version of the N8 China Clone, set with die-quick replaceable battery. You’ll note that this N8 attempts to replicate an earlier build where the bottom of the N8 has now changed (wrist strap and pin-charger location moved). Camera here of course is a P.O.S.

What’s really interesting is that the OS/UI this clone tries to imitate is not Symbian but Android – at least HTC’s Sense UI.

This maybe the closest folk will come to in terms of the N8 with Android. (Nokia’s with android already done, either with UI shell or the complete Android Froyo 2.2 as seen in the N900). BTW it’s got a TV – I think like most clones standard terrestrial. Would have been a nice feature in the UK were we not doing/done the whole digital switch over thing.

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Gallery: MeeGo 1.1 on the Nexus One (plus instructions!)

November 3, 2010 2 comments

Back in September we saw a host of Android Devices trying out MeeGo.  Japanese Moblin developer Mitsutaka from blog.mitsutaka.org has ported over MeeGo 1.1 to his Nexus One giving detailed instructions too if you wanna give it a go yourself. News comes by way of Siraj from MeeGoArena

It looks a tad stretched and if you look at Mitsutaka’s older blog posts, you’ll see certain things aren’t working fully yet but he says this one is more responsive.

blog.mitsutaka.org via MeeGoArena

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What if Nokia were to buy Apple?

August 1, 2010 11 comments

Apple Goohpia In Motion
In a world of Nokia that’s waiting for the Nokia N8 (and successors) while competitors continue to innovate and advance, I thought I’d take a rather tongue in cheek look at what might happen with future devices should Nokia as a company merge with some of those competitors.

Note this is not meant to be a serious article, a realistic analysis, nor do I have any inside information about any upcoming takeovers. This is more of an exercise in thinking out loud from someone who doesn’t claim to be an expert on such things…

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How to: Porting Apps from iPhone and Android to Qt

July 22, 2010 17 comments

Got an Android or iPhone App? Want an even larger audience and another distribution point? Port to Qt and get your awesome app on the Ovi Store. Forum Nokia has a helpful page on their Wiki detailing instructions on porting Android and iPhone apps to Qt.

The page was updated last in June, so now Nokia have 24 Million smartphones, and 41% of the GLOBAL smartphone market share (up from 40% and 21 million). Today, OPK mentioned Nokia expects 50 Million Symbian^3 devices to be shipped over next few years (though what exact time scale is not mentioned) Now also note the possible Millions of MeeGo devices, not just from Nokia, but from the 20 partners lined up to make MeeGo devices. Plus there’s the Maemo 5 crowd (N900 users).

The programming language for Qt is C++. Modern classes and functions that are familiar from other technologies make it extremely easy to adapt to this language. If you are experienced with the Objective-C or Java™ programming language, you will have your first Qt C++ project running within hours.

Qt C++ is ideal for application logic, and the script-like Qt Quick speeds up the creation of advanced user interfaces. You can also write native platform code and call it from Qt, to reach each and every feature of the device.

Selecting one approach does not tie your hands. You can freely code the network functionality with low-level Qt and make things look smooth with QML and scripts.

Qt provides all modern classes and functionalities familiar from iPhone and Android. This makes it easy to keep the application logic close to the original when porting

How to Proceed with Porting

WordPress Developer Story

As linked above, this is a neat one to take a look at as it’s first hand example of porting from iPhone to Qt.

To make a long story short, it is easy to keep the original structure of the application when porting from iPhone to Qt. You can directly rewrite the core code to Qt just by looking at the original source

Compared to many other platforms, tweaking of the UI is incredibly quick. You can set values, launch it on the desktop, and, if it looks good, add to the device style sheet and deploy for verification’

Forum Nokia Via @bperry

Video: Motorola XT720 vs Nokia N8 Video Editors – ooh the similarities.

July 16, 2010 16 comments

I was just about to have an early night when I saw @Camb078 tweet about a moto video.

Does the above video look familiar? Well if you’ve been following the N8 you’ll notice they have very similar video editors. Now, they aren’t exactly the same but the resemblance is striking to the point that I’m wondering if there’s some sort of cross platform app here.

Compare it with the vid below (start at 03:00)

I don’t understand French too well (not spoken French anyway) – you can hear N-Huit (N8) but I’m not sure if that’s in the context of comparing with phones with video editors (iPhone 4 and iMovie mentioned) or the fact that the video editor of the Motorola’s Android handset, the XT720 is so similar. At the very least it’s  – it’s refreshing to see that Motorola deems this interface good enough for the XT720 will also be seen on Nokia’s N8.

Whereas before, there may have been complaints – now anyone praising the Android(moto) version also needs to give some props to the Symbian^3 video editor as seen on N8.

The mirroring even goes as far as N8 low memory errors (though none seen so far in Demos with N8, not including this official vid which wouldn’t have one even if it did happen)

Some screenshots

MEDIA SELECTION

Text Input

Moto may want to avoid this similarity of low memory errors. (no N8 comparison from this video – though we have seen some low memory errors in other apps of preproduction firmware/hardware devices in demo)

Aava Mobile MeeGo Demolishes iPhone iOS4 and Nexus One Android 2.2 in JavaScript Test

July 8, 2010 5 comments

Ars Technica performed some JavaScript Benchark tests of Android 2.2 (on Nexus One) against iOS4 (on iPhone) which they said, “Demolishes iOS4”.

Well as Chippy from UMPCPortal and CarryPad shows, MeeGo beats them both.

The image above shows firefox on a netbook, 3936.2ms vs 4215.2ms on Aava mobile. From Ars Techica’s tests, iPhone with iOS4 took 10901.1s with Android on 5795.2s

What’s the significance of this? Well it shows that MeeGo on the Aava mobile (via 1.5GHz Intel Moorsetown and firefox) will load pages significantly faster than the iPhone, more than twice as fast – up to 1.5 seconds faster than Nexus.

Browser type, OS, and device hardware (processors) are the factors involved here. Default browsers are used in general tests to compare default usage.

Here are some other devices :

Do note that the Aava mobile is just a reference design product – not something you will see on retail shelves any time soon.

 

Can you see the camera snapping this photo? ^_^ N82 FTW!

 

 

via CarryPad