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).
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.
Got no WiFi? Got no phone signal? That’s two things I haven’t got in my room this year :(. Could be happening to you if you’re in some random poor WiFi hotel room.
Well that’s not going to stop the Nokia N900. Here it is connecting to the internet via an Ethernet Cable. Yeah, that wired thing my laptop is currently chained to due to prohibition of WiFi here (So no making the LAN into WLAN). USB-RJ45 and USB A/F-A/F are also used.
Web pages load fine and pretty quickly.
Video: Very Smooth N900/Maemo 5 CPS2 Emulator – Marvel vs Capcom, Street Fighter Alpha 3, X-Men vs Street Fighter and more
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)
I didn’t mean to do this comparison (Sorry for the mess on the wall) but on the early hours of the morning I was just checking video on N97 to run out its battery(to test out the Powermat wireless charger for review) and noticed that the N97 digital zoom and general video quality was sooo bad in comparison to the Nokia N8 (indoor).
- Greater depth of field on the N8 (N97 – ridiculously close though not as bad as 5800). Notice how much more of the “scene” is visible.
- No autofocus on N97 but this active-hyperfocal focusing of N8 means pretty much everything is in focus except the closer macro ranges (I think about 50-60CM is blurry on N97, not that good for self-held vlogs).
- N8 much better with this low-ish indoor lighting.
- Check out the usable digital zoom with the N8. On the N97 you can see all it does is ENLARGE the pixels hence blockiness.
- Zooming is also frighteningly choppy on the N97. I did complain before that we don’t have smooth zooming (as seen in ancient 6630) but compared to N97 N8 zooms like butter.
- File size of the N8 video is 4x the N97, 40MB vs 10MB. Well there are 4x the pixels. Note, comparable files from say, Samsung Pixon 12 are MUCH larger.
Make sure you click 720p for N8 and 360p for N97.
Note: N900 does shoot at higher resolution than N97, at 848*480
BTW: It’s day 2 of MeeGo Conference. Check out the live streams if you can.
divan0 shares with us a pretty cool video of USB on the Go for the N900. We saw it the other day playing back a movie directly from a DVD drive over USB to Go. Here’s something a little more day-to-day/practical.
- 2:04 N900 huge video file playback. Not a problem for the N900
- 3:25 N900 Copying 1.46GB file from flash drive to N900
- 07:50 N900 finishes copying – 4.25 minutes. That’s what my windows machine says it takes to copy a 700mb movie to my flash drive. (ha, 4 minutes not 3. My A-level math tutor shakes his head in shame)