Quite a few months ago, Nokia had promised that the N900 will get a firmware update which will allow dual-booting to Maemo and MeeGo. The MeeGo OS is the combined effort of both Nokia and Intel. Both the companies intend to use the OS in a variety of devices including MIDs and computer like phones. Nokia has worked hard with developers to port the MeeGo OS to the N900 and the result has borne fruit.
In a blog post on MeeGo.com, Harri Hakulinen has given all the interested users an update about the dual-boot option scenario on the N900. He states that the PR1.3 firmware update will allow N900 owners to dual-boot between Maemo and MeeGo OS. However, Nokia has confirmed that they won’t be offering the dual-booting option to consumers. This option will be limited only to developers.
According to Nokia, this will enable MeeGo developers to develop applications using Qt framework for both the OS’s and test them right on their N900.
Mozilla has released the mobile version of their browser Firefox 4 Beta 1 for mobile. The mobile version of Firefox uses the same technology as the desktop version and is optimized for mobile phones.
Firefox 4 beta mobile makes use of two new technologies in their architecture. The first one is called Electrolysis and allows the browser to run in a separate process. The second technology is known as Layers and improves overall performance of the browser in graphics areas such as scrolling, zooming and animations.
Firefox 4 Beta also includes Firefox Sync which allows users to sync between their mobile and desktop making their bookmarks, browsing history, tabs, passwords and form fill data available on multiple devices.
Firefox 4 Beta also makes use of the latest technologies such as HTML5 and also supports add-ons. If you have a Android or Maemo based device, you can read more about Firefox 4 Beta mobile or download it from the official Mozilla blog.
MeeGo is Nokia’s best hope for resurgence. That’s something most of us will probably agree on. At this point, anything short of a complete makeover won’t allow Symbian to compete with the iPhones and Droids and Galaxies. Unfortunately, this is something Nokia doesn’t seem to fully appreciate.
Nokia N900 was a decent effort, and quite frankly, a step in the right direction. MeeGo was supposed to merge the best aspects of Maemo with Moblin to create a versatile operating system capable of handling mobile phones, tablets and even set-top boxes with ease. However, even after more six months, Nokia is yet to announce anything concrete based on MeeGo.
Nevertheless, if you are dying to get a taste of MeeGo, you can do so – even on your non-Nokia devices! MeeGo wiki has ported the open source operating system to Nexus One, Dell Streak, and HTC Desire, besides the N900. Download links and instructions are available here and here. Quite obviously, try it at your own risk. There is a reason why Nokia is taking its time to deploy MeeGo – it’s not yet ready!
Nokia is expected to announce its MeeGo running handsets at the upcoming Nokia Event on September 15. The first MeeGo handset to be released by the Finnish company is expected to be the Nokia N9. In all probability, the N9 will hit the retail market in October or November month of this year. Now few screenshots of the MeeGo UI have leaked on the Internet and they look pretty impressive.
From the leaked screenshots, the UI of the MeeGo OS looks polished to me. It also looks like MeeGo will offer a lot of eye candy with animations and Spaces’ like effect. Though on a personal note, I did not like the battery and the network bar icons present in the status bar at the extreme left.
From the screenshots it is clearly evident that the Task manager of the MeeGo OS will show all the open applications in thumbnails which resemble the Spacesfeature of Mac OS X.
The Nokia N900 was the first phone from Nokia running on the Maemo OS. The company positioned the handset as a modder’ friendly phone. Even after 8 months of its launch, the N900 is still a popular phone among the modding community. A couple of months ago, we reported that working Android 2.2 ROMs for N900 were out. However, that ROM were full of bugs. Now, a fully functional Android 2.2 ROM for the N900 is out.
The latest version of Android ROM from folks over at NITDroid project is pretty good for day-to-day use. It adds the main functionality which was missing from previous ROMs the ability to make and receive calls. Below is the video of Android 2.2 in action on the Nokia N900-:
Along with this, the ROM also supports various data connection including EDGE and 3G. Even the physical QWERTY keyboard of the N900 is supported. The only downside of this ROM is that the camera does not work.
It was less than a week ago that the pictures of the upcoming MeeGo slider from Nokia the N9 leaked on the Internet. Today, we have the hardware details about the N9 thanks to a guy named Lee. According to him, the Nokia N9 will be powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm processor and will pack in 512MB of RAM. The phone will also sport a 4-inch OLED screen with an 800×480 resolution.
Along with all this, the N9 will have 1GB of system storage for installing all your applications and games, along with 64GB (!) of internal memory. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, HSPA+, GPS with A-GPS are also present. In all probability, the back of the phone will house an 8MP camera which will be capable of HD 720p video recording. The phone will also sport a microUSB port, and an HDMI out port.
The Nokia N9 will be the first MeeGo handset from the Finnish handset maker. Nokia is expected to announce the N9 at the upcoming Nokia World Event to be held in mid-September.
Details about the Nokia N9 first emerged at the end of June. The N9 will be the first phone from Nokia to run the next generation of the Maemo OS MeeGo. The phone is expected to sport a 4-inch screen, along with a slide- out QWERTY keyboard. The screen of the N9 will be inclined at a certain angle for better viewing pleasure ala the Nokia N97. The N9 will be made of anodized aluminium. From the leaked pictures, the Nokia N9 looks like a mini MacBook/MacBook Pro.
The phone will also feature a microHDMI port, along with a microUSB port. The N9 will be powered by a 1320mAh battery. No other details about the camera, the processor used inside the phone is available as of now.
The phone will be launched in December, so the phone should be announced by Nokia at the upcoming Nokia World Event.
I am so tired of hearing all about Fennec and seeing it MIA on Android. We have heard so much about the Firefox experience on mobile and Fennec has not yet been able to release the final version 1.1 for Maemo. This project seems to be moving extremely slow. Moreover, the last time I tried Fennec for Android, the user interface was lagging extremely on my HTC Legend.
Though, the project itself seems to be making some progress and has released plans for its version 2.0. Readers must take note here that these are not release plans. These are just plans for features to be present in Fennec 2.0. Two important changes laid out by Mark Finnacle, in his blog are,
The introduction of out of process plugins (The Electrolysis project)
The increase in rendering speed of pages (The Layers Project)
The Mozilla Platform Evangelist has also written that,
Significant amounts of platform work have been done on both projects. Fennec 2.0 will integrate both Electrolysis and Layers.
However, my question is when will we see an actual release of Fennec? Developers are working on Fennec 1.1 at an extremely fast rate according to the developers and Fennec 2.0 alpha is coming soon. Therefore, we will still be using unfinished builds until Fennec 1.1 makes a final release. Godspeed Fennec.
Today, the folks over at MeeGo.com have released the first ever netbook version of the MeeGo OS. Along with netbooks, the core MeeGo OS for the Nokia N900 has also been released. This release is numbered v1.0, and is targeted towards developers for application development. The updates for the MeeGo OS will be rolled out regularly after a time-interval of six months. The next MeeGo OS (v1.1) update will be released in October. It will include support for various touch-based devices like handsets, in-car navigation systems etcetera.
The core MeeGo OS for netbooks only supports netbooks running on the Intel Atom processors. The MeeGo API for developers, which includes Qt v4.6, has also been released. The MeeGo SDK has also been released. As of now, the SDK is meant only for netbooks. An early-developer version will be released in June, which will include support for touch-based devices.
The core MeeGo OS for netbook and the Nokia N900 can be downloaded here.
Nokia N900 has long been a dream device for power users, simply because of its mod-ability. Modders have managed to do everything from running Android to porting OS X. And now, it appears that the N900’s flexibility will come in handy once again.
Nokia has confirmed that it won’t be officially supporting Meego on the N900. Meego is a Linux based operating system, which hopes to combine the best of Nokia’s Maemo and Intel’s Moblin. Of course, this isn’t a horribly bad news. You can already install an early build of Meego on the N900 and unofficial Meego builds will definitely continue to flourish in the future.
On a more cheerful note, Nokia has begun pushing through Maemo 1.2 for the N900. Engadget is reporting that the firmware update is already available in the UK and will be available elsewhere soon. The new firmware adds Facebook IM chat, video-calling and portrait mode browsing, while improving upon e-mail support and Ovi Maps.