After a few months off the grid, I thought it best to offer a short post to show Jay, Andre and the rest of the MNB gang that I’m still around…
With my next upgrade coming up in the first few months of 2011, I’ve been pondering my options for my next handset. I’m keen to stick with a Nokia handset, and was hoping that by the time 18 months had passed after buying my N900 that something that truly excites me would come along. I’ll share some of my thinking with you…
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?)
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.
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).
These could have been separate posts but since it has taken me so long to get around to posting them let’s do a quick summary:
- N900 users, Minhaz on talk.maemo.org has found an update for Angry Birds.
- Symbian^3 users can now get Angry Birds Seasons on Ovi Store for £1.50!
- We’re getting a Angry Birds plush toy from WOMWorld/Nokia 😀
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:
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.