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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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Video: Nokia Ovi Ad N900 – Ovi Journeys demo

December 2, 2010 4 comments


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.

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Video: Nokia N900 Connecting via Ethernet cable and USB-RJ45 adapter

November 18, 2010 11 comments

Not connected to WiFi or over mobile data

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.

divan0

Video: Very Smooth N900/Maemo 5 CPS2 Emulator – Marvel vs Capcom, Street Fighter Alpha 3, X-Men vs Street Fighter and more

November 18, 2010 1 comment

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)

[YOUTUBE=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAsJ8loR_ZA]

LuvPlayN

Video: Nokia N8 vs Nokia N97 indoor video and zooming. Check out how much N8 has progressed.

November 16, 2010 3 comments

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.

NOKIA N97

NOKIA N8

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.

http://mynokiablog.com/2010/11/16/event-day-2-of-meego-conference-meego-handset-ux-roadmap-this-afternoon/

Video: Nokia N900 USB on The Go copying 1.46GB .avi Movie in 4 minutes(and playback)

November 11, 2010 9 comments

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)
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Video: Holy Frikkin Awesome – Playing DVDs on the N900 with USB Host Mode!

November 7, 2010 9 comments

Oh Maemo 5 and Nokia N900 – You never cease to surprise. RT’d by @johnnybrasco @MeeGoExperts has found a very awesome video by mohammad7410 of the brilliant Nokia N900 playing a DVD disc over USB Host mode.

Playing DVDs on the N900 with a modified kernel and a custom mplayer build.
Thanks to the hostmode team, including but not limited to:
Joerg Reisenweber
Paul Fertser
and the rest of the team mentioned on:
h-e-n project page: https://garage.maemo.org/projects/h-e-n/
(Note: video is playing solely on CPU power, mplayer is not accelerated by the PowerVR, which explains the framedrops)

OK so now imagine the whole mobile computer scene. Bluetooth/USB keyboard/mice – HDMI monitor connection and CD/DVD connectivity.

via mohammad7410

 

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Video: 15 minutes with MeeGo 1.1 on the Nokia N900

October 31, 2010 11 comments

amandahoic from amanda_hoic.mysinablog.com/) has recorded a video demo of MeeGo 1.1 on the N900.

It’s not in English (but Cantonese) but you can still appreciate what’s going on in MeeGo. Note this is the basic Vanilla colour scheme of Vanilla MeeGo which will look different to Nokia’s MeeGo Handset (Harmattan)

  • 01:43 – Dialler/call page (actions like loudspeaker/hold/mute don’t seem to have icons yet. I’d love to see Symbian’s contact search on MeeGo whereby you just type numbers on the dialler and either a number from your phone book comes up (based on the typed name) or you can go ahead and call a new number.
  • 02:53 – The tabbed interface makes it easy to switch to recent calls/phone book/favourites (or whatever that star is). I HOPE MeeGo accepts swipe gestures and NOT just button pressing of those tabs.
  • 03:15 – App icons are fewer this time and the design has changed again.
  • – Apps are oddly taking much longer to open.
  • 03:30- Short look at SMS/Calendar
  • 04:40 – Video Gallery. I like the alphabet at the top to make it easy to just slide on over to whatever the video name is without having to type-search it.
  • 05:40 – Photoviewer (taking longer than usual to generate thumbnails). I like the connected thumbnails as opposed to having gaps.
  • 06:46 – Music player – interesting interface – the music buttons are always visible even if you’re searching music. I like that. Album art (if any) and album track listing appears at selection. It would be nice to have some clickable breadcrumbs/tabs to go back at certain points without having to press back again and again. Or just persistent tabs in general. Artist/Album/Song
  • 07:12 Multitasker – Big Symbian^3 esque windows/cards. But Maemo Esque in that these are LIVE active windows. Not static images (or worse, a shitty icon). Note that you have notification at the top of the location of your window (with dots/hollow dots). Bottom navigation bar still visible. I like that. Note that if multitouch were possible you could pinch and have the grid view.
  • 07:34 – Multitasker in portrait. Check out that live music player window and how it’s still moving. (Even the photo viewer tries to regenerate thumbnails – though why is another issue) I really love that aspect in Maemo 5. It feels like you’re truly multitasking and it’s also very practical in that you know exactly what’s happening in that window/what you’re multitasking.
  • 07:47 – cleaner rotate from portrait to landscape. We’ve seen it performed faster before. I much prefer having a rotate animation than a subtle “bang” im another orientation. We would expect iPad like rotation in that as soon as you move a little it turns. No more wait after a second or even half a second. Especially for 2011 when this is announced/released.
  • 08:25 – Web Browser. N900 – vanguard of desktop class browsing on a mobile phone. There’s firefox mobile. I hope it gets pinch and zoom by release. (or failing that, give us MicroB)
  • 11:20 – Xterminal – for the Linux Pros amongst you.
  • 11:45 – People / Contacts app.
  • 12:50 – Chat – facebook chat, google talk etc.
  • 13:25 – Settings – That’s the right most button on the navigation bar.  Pretty empty at the moment.
  • 14:15 – Battery indicator view says how many minutes in addition to the visual indicator. (Like old internet tablets 770/N800)

[YOUTUBE=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsTw6t2Rwgk]

amandahoic

Video: How to – Installing WebOS Asphalt 5 game on the Nokia N900

October 29, 2010 2 comments

Initial Installation

360NextLevel gives us a video tutorial on how to install the WebOS version of Asphalt 5 on the Nokia N900. Yes, WebOS.

It’s a little technical and you may need to check out other videos to complete all the instructions.

[YOUTUBE=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rDCbZ3gyYE]