Nokia Officially Bringing MeeGo To The N900

Despite the hoopla with Nokia and Microsoft partnering and disregarding the previously rumored talks of Nokia slowing development of MeeGo down, it would appear that Nokia has actually decided to dedicate another team to work at officially bringing MeeGo with a Handset UXto the Nokia N900.

Jukka Eklund, who is the Product Manager for MeeGo at Nokia, sent out an e-mail to the MeeGo development mailing list outlining the changes and plans for the near future;

Hi there,

I am thrilled to announce a little thing we started at Nokia. Basically we want to have MeeGo running in N900 device, so that it’s really usable as your daily development device. Basic Handset UX should work, phone calls, SMS, web browsing. So we are concentrating on a few selected features and polish those to be "perfect". It might mean that we leave out some things in MeeGo 1.2 trunk for this edition, but that is not the default intention.

We are doing this fully on the open, and I hope this is an interesting project where we all in the community work towards the same goal: have a great MeeGo edition in the N900. This work is naturally based on the great work done already by N900 adaptation team lead by Harri and Carsten.

The wiki is up here: http://wiki.meego.com/ARM/N900/DeveloperEdition. It will populated with more information as we go, thanks for the patience.

Br,
Jukka
Developer Edition product manager
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The amount of developers and resources being put into the project are not being disclosed and while the existing N900 adaptation team is an integral partof the project, some are celebrating the rebirth and are taking this as a revitalization of Nokia’s MeeGo work while others, more notably, Intel folk are showing their concern in taking such a task seriously. Intel’s Senior Staff Software Engineer, Adriaan van de Ven rebutted with his thoughts;

I would like to urge you to push on this; we’ve been bitten rather badly
in MeeGo in the past in this respect (promising of features as part of
architecture choices, but then never getting those open sourced),
  and I’m sure that you, as the lead of this new project, can fix a
bunch of these; after all it sounds like you’re serious about MeeGo.

The team hopes to bring MeeGo 1.2 to the unwashed masses in form of a Developer Editionwith the functionality of calls, SMS and web browsing. Whether or not this means Nokia plans on healthy development of MeeGo or simply providing minimal resources to keep the project alive is really and truly unknown. Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia, previously stated that Symbian is here to staybut also mentioned MeeGo being a disruptive technologyfor future trends and investments. The future of MeeGo is currently blowing in the proverbial wind.

Nokia N900 Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread

The modding community has done it again! The popular NIITDroid team has managed to port Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Nokia N900. While the N900 runs on Maemo out-of-the-box, the phone has a huge modding potential. Due to this, various OS’s including Android 2.1, Android 2.2 and MeeGo OS have been ported to it. clip_image001

Most features of the phone including Wi-Fi, Sound and 3G are working on Android 2.3. However, the Android 2.3 ROM for the N900 still contains some major bugs which make it unstable for a day-to-day use.

As of now, the ROM is not yet out for public consumption. The developers of the ROM have promised to release an experimental Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM for the N900 before the end of this year. They have also promised to release a fully stable Android 2.2.1 ROM for the N900 by Christmas.

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MeeGo v1.1 For Handsets Released

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!

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Nokia N900 PR1.3 Firmware Update Released

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. Nokia_N900

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.

Nokia N900 Running Android 2.2

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.

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MeeGo 1.0 Core OS For Netbooks And Nokia N900 Released

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.

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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.

Sygic Mobile Maps for N900

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Sygic e-shop has released the first turn-by-turn navigation software for Nokia N900. Named Sygic Mobile Maps, this software has it all – it’s voice controlled, boasts a very good UI and has very efficient route calculation algorithms.

Right now it’s available only for Europe but more maps will be added shortly. It’s cost is 59.99 Euros but with the features listed below, I’ll say it’s worth every cent :

  • Maps stored on the phone for easier navigation
  • Gives prompts for all safety precautions
  • Add waypoints along the route
  • Tells user about the current maximum speed limit
  • Predefine and store routes for a trip
  • Signposts prompts the right direction
  • Lane Assistant tells you about the correct lane to be in
  • Heavily customizable home screen
  • Shows all points of interests of a place.
  • Strategically points out stops in a long route
  • Switch between 2D and 3D view
  • Switch between Color or Black and and White mode for easy viewing

Sygic has been developing navigation software for a long time and has softwares for almost all OS. This N900 version features Navteq maps.

It’s an amazingly thought out software which does not leave out any feature. For more about this software, visit the website.