Today, the MeeGo project announced and presented their Day 1 release, a developers’ preview of their upcoming OS and UI for mobile devices.
The Day 1 release is the first taste that the community at large has to view, interact and provide feedback on the newest Linux-based OS to hit the block. Given that this isn’t even remotely close to a finished product there are quite a few bugs associated with the release that will obviously be dealt with in due course. I’ll reiterate that this isn’t something for Average Joe’s that just so happen to own the N900. You’ve been warned!
Those interested can download ROM images for the new OS for their Atom powered netbooks and/or handsets or for their N900’s at the following link.
There are a view screenshots of the OS available right now from the MeeGo blog itself and it’s expected that videos from persons that have downloaded and used the OS will obviously come along as time goes by.
An image taster and link to the MeeGo blog are provided below.
Note that these pictures are of a concept device.
The basic premise of the game is to get the red thing (may change per level; here it’s the start button) towards the yellow thing (in this case, a star). You do this by drawing a myriad of tools from other boulders, levers, pulleys, pendulums and more.
Certain objects obey (or try to) the laws of physics (hence the name). e.g. Larger boulders will fall faster than smaller boulders Click for the video and rest of the post
This is a quick 4 minute video to show the game “Super Tux” on the Nokia N900.
This game uses the N900’s QWERTY keyboard, with arrows for navigation and predefined letters for jump/power/duck.
Now, the N900 doesn’t have a D-pad like the N97, but you can change the controls so you can still have your “D-pad” on the left and other action buttons on the right, like most traditional gamepad controllers.
Some might prefer to use the arrow-buttons on the right others might want to have a reconfigurable d-pad going on in the left. I’m in the latter, and I’m glad Super Tux gives you the option (which I hope would become standard in future games using the keyboard/arrow buttons)
And in general, Super Tux is a fun game that you can download really easily and for free from the App Manager in the N900.
In terms of gaming prowess, the only game at the moment[in the catalogue] to demonstrate what the N900 is capable of is Bounce Evolution.
This version of Tic Tac Toe touch is slightly improved over the previous version available on the Ovi Store.
- It’s your standard 3×3 grid and it’s one player only.
- You play the “X”, computer plays “O” with standard tic tac toe/noughts and crosses gameplay.
- The visuals have improved slightly, plus the game keeps a record of your score (well, until you exit that is and then its wiped).
- After each game you’ll get one of three notifications of either winning, getting a tie or losing.
Here’s a great, practical application for you free at the Ovi Store. Mr Lock. An autolock software with huge set of options for your S60 5th Edition phone.
- Extensive settings to customise how your phone will autolock
- Auto-starts so you don’t have to think about turning it on when you restart your phone
- Choose which profiles you want autolock active
- Choose the autolock period – from as much as 59:59 to as little as 00:03 (3 seconds)
- Best of all, choose which applications you don’t want autolock to lock your phone. You may be watching a video or waiting for a webpage to load (or whatever application will give you idle screen time). Mr lock lists every single application on your phone. Choosing an application means that autolock will be prevented when you’re in the middle of using that application.
Here’s a video demo of it (probably best to mute the audio as this was done way too early in the morning)
A while ago, we got a glimpse of Digia’s @Web browser, a webkit based browser than just had spectacular features I’ve been waiting for from the native browser. It’s main selling features were its touch optimization and multiple tabbed browsing (up to 4).
Now, Opera Mini 5 beta has been released and it simply cruises past @Web’s previous achievements.
Opera Mini 5 has been completely refitted for finger optimization, plus it’s got some great animation to make the user experience pretty slick. The ultimate best thing about Opera is its new support for tabbed browsing with I don’t know how many windows maximum because I haven’t managed to go past 15, and I don’t think I’ll need to on my phone (but it was nice to have the option)!
What’s great is that Opera Mini 5 beta hasn’t compromized on stability. It handles 15 tabs as well as 4.2 handled 1 window. Of course there are other great features that just combine to give a fantastic mobile web experience:
- Audohide navibar and address bar (full screen browsing and not waiting for the damn sidebar to disappear!)
- Google search bar (quick google search without going to google.com/home)
- Copy and Paste
- Flawless tabbed browsing
- Open links in new tabs (you don’t have to copy a link and paste in new window like in Digia’s @Web)
- Opera’s trusty fast load times
- Opera’s Super quick backwards/forwards in pages without having to reload the entire page again.
- Kinetic scrolling is extremely smooth
- Speed dial of 3×3 grid of sites.
- Easy accessible settings
- Simple manageable history and bookmarks
- Password Manager –
- On screen QWERTY keyboard
- Very stable (Except in youtube)
I’ve made a quick demo of the features in Opera Mini 5 beta on my N97.
Being Opera Mini, it doesn’t do flash. Also you can’t zoom your texts. I can live with those two as I’ve become used to it when browsing opera.
What I did not like was how the QWERTY keyboard of my N97 eventually becomes non functional, with the secondary keys permanently being stuck on, so instead of typing Nokia, I’ll type “?9;8@”
It is in Beta, so maybe that will eventually be fixed. It’s worth noting that this does noot install over any previous versions of Opera Mini. They both can run concurrently.
If you haven’t tried it out yet, you must try this web browser on your S60 5th Edition phone. Just for the sheer ability to juggle multiple web browsing of so many tabs – I thought I’d have to wait for the N900 before I’d experience that (though with the N900 you will be multitasking with real, unadulterated, unmodified web pages with full flash and full interaction of how you would if you were using a desktop)
to download it, go to in your phone’s browser