Firefox 1.1 Beta For Nokia N900

Firefox on Nokia N900 is available as a public beta, version 1.1 now. Nokia N900 is based on the latest Maemo platform and Firefox is solely being developed for the N900 currently extensively.

Firefox 1.1 beta features the same engine as that of Firefox 3.6 for the desktop. The mobile version of this browser features auto-complete on forms, a new context menu to open new tabs and save images. You can add search engines and save a we-page as PDF in the browser by default. This makes Firefox even more awesome.

This video will give a better impression.

(Via: Phonearena)

MeeGo is finally Out – Try it on your N900 now

Finally, the first MeeGo build for Nokia N900 is available for download. For those of you who don’t know, MeeGo is a new OS developed by Intel and Nokia. All of Nokia’s Tablets and Intel Atom based devices will now be powered by MeeGo.

MeeGo devs have made two different images. The first one contains only Open Source software while the second one has Nokia’s software as well. The download links are given below:

  • MeeGo with Open Source Software.
  • MeeGo with Nokia’s Software.

You will need Nokia’s flashing tool to install MeeGo on N900. Download it here.

Warning: Flashing your phone to install MeeGo will erase all data from your phone. Get a backup of all important data before doing this.

Android vs. Maemo

Touchscreen Smartphones have become massively popular since Apple introduced its iPhone.

In the last year or so, many touchscreen devices have come into the market. The growth of smartphones has led to development of better mobile operating systems.

Today, let’s compare two of the most powerful mobile OS: Android and Maemo .

Both Android and Maemo are Linux based operating systems but there is definitely a big difference between the two. Maemo   is a fully Debian based distro while Android is a solitary kernel with a few programs like Dalvik virtual machine and Sqlite database written on top of it.

Maemo`s ability to run largely-unmodified linux packages is the main difference compared to Android.

Maemo uses established desktop technology like X11 and GTK+ and is a lot easier to port existing applications. Some of the open-source apps, which are already ported to Maemo, include MPlayer, Pidgin, Gnumeric and Abiword. Android on the other hand runs applications in a Java-like virtual machine and hence the burden on authors is heavier, as they have to re-write the application from scratch.

For game developers, Maemo offers a common start-up and settings screen, and a framework called Osso-games-startup. This library has made the work of game developers a lot easier as they can now reduce the common start-up screen coding and concentrate more on game programming.

As far as strategic position is concerned, Android holds an edge over Maemo. The reason being, Nokia alone backs Maemo (featuring in four devices:   Nokia N770, N800, N810, N900 by the end of the year) , while Android is backed by  Google, Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC, Acer and others (featuring in more than 18 devices). Maemo has a big disadvantage here. The best apps are going to be built for Android and iPhone because those will have the most users. However it seems that Maemo   is  more suitable for larger devices   like MIDs and netbooks.

The fate of Maemo may change drastically when Maemo imports Moblin OS next year. This new OS is to be called Meego and might very well change the future of Mobile computing.

MeeGo For Nokia N900, Coming This Month

Nokia’s  Nokia’s Valtteri Halla has recently announced that Nokia and Intel will launch the MeeGo code repository sometime in this month. The new and improved OS devised by Nokia and Intel, combines the best features of Maemo and Moblin. This makes the device suitable for running on low power mobile devices. The MeeGo OS will support both the ARM and x86 architecture.  On this merge, Valtteri Halla says,

Once we just get going the objective is to have all of the MeeGo platform work fully in public. During the last few years both Nokia and Intel have learned that the success of Moblin and Maemo R&D mode fundamentally comes from the Open Source way of openness and MeeGo is a huge further commitment on this path

This step can have unpredictable results. The merge of two technologies follows the merge of two user bases, two developer communities and some hardware concerns. The source code once released, will be available for Nokia N900 and some basic atom powered devices. This gives MeeGo a good start.

Experts believe that the MeeGo project if successful, will make major changes in the current mobile world scenario. MeeGo has much better features than Android and the MeeGo development process is open unlike that of Android. With so many mobile Linux initiatives promising things, the ones that deliver will stand out.

Nokia N900 Dual Boots Android and Maemo

Sometime back we had told you how to run Debian on Nokia N900, however, it looks like this news takes the cake and eats it too. Brandon, a mobile technology enthusiast was able to dual-boot N900 with both and .

However, porting Android to is more proof-of-concept at this stage and has a few bugs to be ironed out. Nevertheless, it goes to show what Nokia’s latest device is capable of and how Android can be used on any system, and it does not matter whether the manufacturer officially supports it or not.

Watch the video below to see the Android and Maemo Dual-boot on Nokia N900, courtesy Brandon’s Posterous.

Digia @Web – New Web Browser for Maemo and Symbian Touch Devices

Digia @Web Mobile Browser
Digia @Web Mobile Browser

We have spotted a new and promising web browser for Symbian and Maemo mobile devices.

Digia @Web is a modern and touch enabled web browser for mobile devices. Digia @Web is currently available for Symbian s60 5th edition and Maemo mobile devices for free.

Some of the user interface features of the browser are:

  • Full finger touch UI.
  • Automatic full screen browsing via auto-hiding controls.
  • Multiple browser windows.
  • Page rotation for portrait and landscape browsing.
  • Multiple zoom levels.
  • Password manager.
  • Intelligent Bookmark functionality (auto-sorting).
  • URL auto-complete (from history).
  • Page loading in progress’ indicator.
  • Text select for copy/paste.
  • RSS feeds.

The browser engine on which Digia @Web is based on supports HTML 4.01. Some more features of the browser engine are:

  • True web page rendering.
  • JavaScript(tm) 1.5.
  • HTTP 1.1 with support for secure and non-secure browsing.
  • HTTP cache and cookies.
  • AJAX support.
  • Flash content support.
  • Netscape compatible Plug-in interface.

The current list of mobile devices that this browser supports include Nokia 5230, Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic, Nokia 5530 Xpressmusic, Nokia N97, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia X6, Sony Ericsson Satio and Samsung i8910 HD.

You can download this app from http://bit.ly/6ktjeK .

While there is a very strong competition between mobile browsers in the market, Opera seems to be a clear winner for now. Previously, we had covered the   Opera mobile in detail. We have also covered the much awaited “Fennec” browser from Mozilla Firefox, which seems to be a strong competitor to Opera for now.

What do you think about Digia @Web ? Do let us know with your comments.

Run Debian on N900 or Nokia Internet Tablets

Debian
Debian

Maemo OS is built mostly on Debian. Hence, it is quite possible to run Debian on Maemo based devices. Here’s how:

Prerequisites :

  • The Bundyo-Benson-Build – download here.
  • 1.3 GB free on one of your memory cards (this includes the built-in 2GB on the N810). After installation, it goes down to 1 GB.
  • Internet connection on your phone.

Instructions :

Nokia confirms first Maemo 6 based device for second half of 2010

Nokia
Nokia

Nokia’s executive vice president, Solutions, Alberto Torres has confirmed that Nokia is ready to launch its first device based on Maemo 6, the latest generation of its Linux base mobile operating system, sometime in the second half of 2010. Continue reading Nokia confirms first Maemo 6 based device for second half of 2010

Nokia Announces Official Qt Port To Maemo 5

In an attempt to make Maemo platform open, Nokia has now announced its official Qt Port to Maemo 5. This port to Maemo 5 means that developers can now use Qt to target the upcoming Nokia N900 device and also ensures that applications can be easily ported to all Qt’s supported platforms including the next Maemo 6 release as well as Symbian and Windows Mobile.

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So now, the developers need not worry about developing different app for every other device based on Maemo 5, Maemo 6, our age old Symbian and Windows Mobile. Surprised to see Windows Mobile in the list? Well Don’t be.Lately, Nokia and Microsoft are working hard towards building a relationship and moving forward in the already packed mobile market.

Press release says “”With this announcement and our upcoming port of Qt to the Symbian platform, we will quickly see Qt established as a leading framework for mobile application development. Developers will be able to use Qt as a framework to create powerful native applications and with Qt’s Webkit integration, it also provides them with a platform for creating web applications and services,” said Sebastian Nyström, Vice President of Application Services and Frameworks at Nokia. “Qt’s support for Maemo 5, Maemo 6, Symbian, as well as Windows Mobile makes Qt the most sensible choice for developers looking to target multiple devices and achieve the broadest reach with their innovations.”

Developers willing to support the Qt port Maemo to Maemo 5 are encouraged to visit http://qt.gitorious.org.