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:
- Web Browser
- Akwardly small portrait keyboard (is that the landscape keyboard just in wrong orientation?)
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).
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!
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)
- 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
- 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
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.
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.
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…