At an Intel press event held in Moscow on December 2, for launching MeeGo based netbooks powered by the Intel Atom processor, Intel executives also showcased a MeeGo powered phone and tablet.
Both the tablet, and the phone are powered by Intel Atom. The HI/LO Vibrant phone sports a 5 MP camera and a secondary videocall camera. The tablet looks quite good, but no detailed specifications have been released.
We should probably see the onslaught of MeeGo devices in Q1 2011, but I wonder if it isn’t too late already.
It was a week ago MeeGo v1.1 for handsets was officially released, and today the modding community has managed to port it to the Nexus One. We had reported earlier that the modding community was trying to port MeeGo OS to the Nexus One, HTC Desire etcetera. However, the developers were facing many performance related issues and driver issues.
However, the latest version of MeeGo OS v1.1 has been optimized for handsets and thus the performance of the OS is pretty smooth on the Nexus One. This makes the Nexus One the second phone unofficially to run the MeeGo OS. The Nokia N900 being the first.
Users who are interested in running MeeGo OS on their Nexus One need to make sure that they have a microSD card. The steps to run MeeGo v1.1 OS on your Nexus One can be found here.
A few days, Nokia had released the PR1.3 firmware update for the N900 which allows the device to dual-boot between Maemo and MeeGo OS. Following this, the MeeGo OS v1.1 for handsets has been released today as well with U-Boot support. No official change-log has been provided so we can’t really say what the major changes in this version are. However, we expect everything to be more polished and simply work better.
Since Nokia does not officially support N900 owners dual-booting their phones, I would suggest them to stay away as it will void their warranty. However, hackers and modders who like to tinker around with their phone are already in action and have uploaded a video of the N900 dual-booting the Maemo and MeeGo OS. Here is the video :
Nokia N900 Dual Booting Maemo and MeeGo OS
Users can download the MeeGo OS v1.1 image for the Nokia N900 from here. Let the modding begin folks!
Nokia has released the PR 1.3 (V20.2010.36-2) firmware update for its Maemo based internet-tablet-cum-handset – the N900. The new firmware update adds support for the Nokia Ovi Suite to make syncing data between the handset and PC easier. The update also includes hundreds’ of tweaks and bug fixes to make the N900 run faster and smoother.
This is the same firmware update about which we had reported a couple of weeks ago. This update will allow developers to dual-boot between Maemo and MeeGo OS. N900 owners can update the firmware on their device via OTA (Over-The Air). Since the handset features UDP (User Data Preservation), users don’t need to make a backup of their data. However, for safety purposes users should make a backup of their data.
Nokia will slowly be releasing the firmware update in various regions of the world in the upcoming weeks.
Along with their quarterly financial report, Nokia also announced that there will be no more Symbian^4. Now don’t jump to a conclusion that Symbian is dead. What Nokia (and I) meant that any improvements and update which the Symbian platform will see will be passed over to all the Symbian^3 devices currently in the market.
Here is what Nokia exactly said :
You can buy a Nokia smartphone confident that any improvements introduced later to the Symbian platform, such as the user interface, can be made available to download on your device as well. No need to wait for Symbian^4 – the improvements we were planning for Symbian^4 will be introduced as and when they become available. In fact, we will no longer be talking about Symbian^3 or Symbian^4 at all it will be one constantly evolving and constantly improving platform.
So from the above statement it is clear that there will be no more Symbian^3 or Symbian^4. It will just be Symbian from henceforth. According to me, this is a pretty smart move to keep all the present N8 owners happy as well as to lure new customers to the Symbian platform. Along with this, Nokia also announced that they will be streamlining the development for both MeeGo and Symbian by using Qt and only Qt. The Finnish company also announced that they will be adding support for HTML5 web content and applications for both the platforms Symbian and MeeGo and Qt.
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.
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!
Google has always advertised Android as an open’ OS. The same stands true for the Nokia’s Maemo/MeeGo OS. Both the OS are very open towards hacking/exploiting and the modding community surely loves them due to this. Now, modders have even started porting the MeeGo OS from Nokia to some of the popular Android phones. These phones include the Nexus One, the HTC Desire and the Dell Streak.
The Nexus One leads the pack in terms of development pace and success. The MeeGo port to Google branded phone has been making a lot of progress and the developer @vgrade posted pictures of the OS running on his device. There are still many issues before Nexus One owners can dual-boot between the MeeGo OS and Android OS. The major obstacle in the development is the closed nature of Qualcomm’s 3D driver and this means the UI is not hardware accelerated. This results in very slow response time, high CPU usage etcetera.
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.
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.