Nokia N9 Gets An Ice Cream Sandwich Port

The Nokia N9 was one of its kind phone – It was the first and the last phone from Nokia to run on the MeeGo OS. The handset got some ravishing reviews, but barely managed to sell because of its bleak future. However, the N9 is a favorite among developers and modders.

The open-hardware on the N9, and the talented developers of NITDroid have managed to get Ice Cream Sandwich to boot on the handset. The developers have only released a picture of the handset running Ice Cream Sandwich, which does not really says much about what works and what does not. There is no public build available as well, so N9 owners need to wait for some more time before they can taste some ICS on their handset.

The developers are definitely having a tough time porting Android’s kernel to the N9, and to get some basic features like GPU acceleration and the radios to work. Interested N9 developers can head over to Maemo.org for more information about this project, and the progress being made by the developers.

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Nokia N950 Gets PR1.2 Harmattan Update; Adds Tons Of New Features

Nokia has started rolling out the PR1.2 Harmattan update for the developer only – Nokia N950. The new update brings in quite a lot of welcome changes, including folder support, lock screen music controls, tons of bug fixes and much more.

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For the less informed, the N950 is the developer variant of the N9 and comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard as well.

Below is the full change-log of the update –:

• Software update notifications for content in Nokia Store

• Face recognition for gallery and face tags for Facebook

• Support for folders in the application view

• Mail thread support in the Email client

• Extended copy-paste support

• Media sharing with DLNA compatible devices

• Compass support in Maps

• New font taken into use

• Front camera support

• Video editing support in the Gallery application

• Separate switch for controlling mobile background connections while roaming

• Camera: self timer, grid on/off control

• Clock alarm becomes silent by flipping the device face down instead of snoozing

• People view added to the grid toolbar in the gallery

• Audiobook and podcast support in the music player

• Ability to create playlists in the music player

• Ability to delete music files from music player library views via object menu

As you can see from the huge change-log above, the PR1.2 update packs in quite a lot of new features including some basic ones like front-camera support, new font, extended copy and paste etcetera. The PR1.2 update will also be rolled out to the Nokia N9 after the Finnish giant gives the build some final touches.

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Nokia Still Showing Love to the N9 – PR1.2 Right Around the Corner

Even though Nokia has gone full tilt to Windows Phone 7, and in the process, taken the design of the recently announced Lumia 800/900 from the N9, they are adamant in providing updates to the dead-on-arrival handset.

Just shy of 2 months from the PR1.1 update, Nokia Developer has announced that PR1.2 will become available for registered developers and participants in the N950 Developer Program. It will be in a beta stage for testing and provided to ensure application compatibility before full public launch on the N9.

Among the 3,500 expected changes, the ability to create folders on the homescreen, copy and paste in the browser, and face recognition within the camera, are the top additions. Although no official changelog has been released, likely due to the fact that the OneClickFlashers for the N950 have not been released, screenshots from an N9 already running PR1.2 have been shared online.

While Nokia does have a fairly strong track record of providing updates and fixing serious bugs on released devices, some have indicated that PR1.2 will be the last update for the N9, as the company moves forward headstrong with Windows Phone 7. Hopefully the update also brings with it, the much requested (and promised) ‘open-mode’, giving developers more low level system access — which will also allow the community to continue updating their devices when Nokia stamps it as EOL.

If you’re a lucky (or unlucky) user of an N9, you’ll likely be waiting anywhere from a few week or a few months until PR1.2 is officially released for your N9. Hang in there, this might be the last hurrah for you and your coveted MeeGo device.

Nokia 800 Renders Revealed

If you were under the impression that the MeeGo-powered N9 was staying out of North America to reduce confusion as to Nokia’s future with Windows Phone 7, this might be a bit confusing.

Rumors, pictures and even videos of the Nokia ‘SeaRay’ were circulated less than 24 hours after the N9 was announced. Nokia was adamant and strong in their stance of sticking with Windows Phone 7. It seems many media outlets are too simple to understand that Nokia is a global company. Nevertheless, the N9 will not ship to North America through carriers. Nokia wants to provide a clear and concise offering to customers. Windows Phone 7 is new, it’s fresh and it’s different…except that last bit.

PocketNow has published press shots of a Nokia WP7 phone. The Nokia 800, likely to be unveiled at Nokia World in a few weeks, looks exactly like the aforementioned N9. See the trio of devices above? That is a render of the N9 in Cyan, Black and Blue. What is immediately below? Why that’s the 800…in Cyan and Black. Confused yet?

You’ll notice almost no difference unless you look at the render of the Blue 800. Keep staring, it will come to you eventually.

The inclusion of a camera shutter button is the only immediate thing that separates the N9 from the 800, unless you count the software that actually makes this thing useful. The 800 runs Windows Phone 7 Mango, while the N9 runs MeeGo-Harmattan. Very different software, polar opposites. Very similar hardware, almost the exact same thing. To think, the only reason Nokia has decided to let the N9 fall by the wayside was to not confuse customers? The numbers clearly make sense. N9 – MeeGo = N800 + Mango.

The only thing worse that could happen, is finding out there is some truth to an N9 clone running Android Gingerbread. Actually, scrap that, iOS5 on an N9 would really seal the deal.

Nokia N9 Camera Photo Samples – They Rock

There has never been a doubt in my mind that Nokia makes phones with great cameras. They had this ability since quite early when they fitted the Nokia N95 with a 5MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens. Even had a beast of a 12MP camera which was simply awesome.

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The newly launched which runs on sports a 8MP auto focus camera with Carl Zeiss optics. Compared to the Nokia N8, this is an inferior camera but it does take some beautiful pictures.

The Nokia Conversations blog recently shared some images taken with the Nokia N9’s camera and posted the images. Most of them are brilliant and look stunning. The images have not been altered from their original form. Here are some of the image samples taken from the camera.

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What do you think? You can view the entire gallery on the Nokia Conversations blog.

Eldar Murtazin Confirms MeeGo Will Be Back in 2012, in a Different Form Though

After the release of Nokia N9, people are extremely apprehensive about the future of MeeGo and especially that of the  Nokia N9 device. Nokia N9 has succeeded in generating quite a buzz but there has been fair criticism about its use of MeeGo, which seems dead on arrival. MeeGo is an open source project and Nokia was in favor of its development for quite some time.

Now that Nokia is talking more about Windows Phone 7, it seems like it is going to drop MeeGo completely. The fact responsible for this perception might have been Nokia’s involvement with the Windows Phone 7 and a recent statement  from Stephen Elop on the future of MeeGo. However, some recent Meego inside news throws more light on this affair.

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Meego unterface will be reused in s40 next generation touchscreen devices (mid2012). So, yes we could say that Nokia Meego will be alive :)less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Now, Eldar Murtazin has confirmed that Nokia is bringing back MeeGo in 2012. From what we have seen of the UI, MeeGo is stunning and is full of potential. It will compete directly with Android (because Apple fanboys are too involved to look elsewhere). If  Eldar is correct this time as well (he usually is), this will be great inspiration for developers working on the MeeGo platform.  However, there have been talks of Nokia loosing MeeGo developers and it is not clear whether there have been changes in that decision. As it seems from Eldar’s tweet, the MeeGo UI will be ported to Symbian S40, and it will live only in this manner. This goes hand in hand with the decision of bringing S40 devices with 1 GHz CPUs and apparently, does not really help MeeGo developers in any way.

How the matter will unfold still remains to be seen.  This long rant is a must read if you are interested to know what went wrong with Stephan Elop, Nokia and this whole MeeGo affair.

Nokia Unveils The MeeGo Powered Nokia N9

Nokia recently announced the much-awaited Nokia N9 smartphone at the Nokia Connection in Singapore. This handset runs on the MeeGo Operating System and it comes with a 3.9 inch curved glass AMOLED display, 8 megapixel auto focus camera with Carl Zeiss optics, NFC, Dolby Digital Plus support and much more.

The Nokia N9 is the world’s first pure touch screen phone without any front-facing buttons at all. The body of the Nokia N9 is made from the best in polycarbonate material engineering today. You will just need to swipe from the edge of the screen to go back home, whenever you are in an application.

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Nokia N9 features a 3.9 inch AMOLED display with curved glass, 16M colors, 854 x 480 pixels screen resolution, MeeGo Operating System, WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n, 8 megapixel auto focus camera with Carl Zeiss optics, dual-LED flash and wide-angle lens, MP3 player, 3.5 mm audio jack, 16 GB/64 GB internal memory, 1 GB RAM, A-GPS, Compass, micro USB, Bluetooth 2.1, NFC (Near Field Communication) and much more.

Nokia N9 allows you to share your photos via MMS, Email, NFC and many online services including Flickr and Facebook. The Nokia N9 will be available in three vibrant colors – Black, Cyan and Magenta. The price and release date of this handset have not been announced yet.

Nokia N9 Leaked Press Shots Emerge

Nokia will launch its 11th Nokia Connection event in Singapore tomorrow. The company is expected to unveil its much-awaited smartphone, the Nokia N9 at the Nokia Connection. The Nokia N9 is the successor of the highly popular Nokia N900 smartphone. This handset runs on the Meego Operating System.

The guys at PocketNow, recently shared a few leaked press shots of the much-awaited Nokia N9 smartphone. Check out the leaked press shots below.

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The design of the Nokia N9 is slightly thinner as compared to the Nokia N8 and it does not have any physical buttons on the front. This handset is expected to comes with a 4 inch display and a 12 megapixel camera. Nokia N9 will be available in 3 vibrant colors – Pink, Blue and Dark Grey. This handset will be unveiled tomorrow and it will be showcased at the CommunicAsia 2011 and Nokia Connection in Singapore. Stay tuned for more updates.

Nokia’s MeeGo Based Handset Pictures Surface

The Finnish giant Nokia is currently on a sinking ship Symbian. In the last year, Symbian was the most criticized mobile OS despite its market leadership. Many Nokia loyalists all over the world are eagerly waiting for the next generation of Maemo to arrive, namely MeeGo. Now, the folks over at GSMArena have dug out a picture from the Mobile-Review forums of what is apparently a handset running on MeeGo.

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The handset shown above in the picture can very well be the Nokia N9 which will hopefully be announced by Nokia at the upcoming MWC (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona. From the leaked pictures, the screen size of the handset looks to be around 4-inches. The handset also sports a 3-axis gyroscope along with an accelerometer. A few days ago, rumored specs of the N9 popped up on the Internet suggesting that the handset will be packing a 1.2 GHz Intel processor.

Hopefully, Nokia will announce a MeeGo based handset at the MWC thus killing all these rumors. In fact, Nokia must announce a MeeGo based handset at MWC. Right now, most Nokia loyalists have pinned their hopes on the MeeGo and delaying the launch of a handset running MeeGo will not help Nokia at all. MeeGo is also being touted by some as the comeback vehicle for Nokia.

Only time will tell whether MeeGo will help kill all the negativity surrounding Nokia/Symbian or not.

Nokia N9 Rumored Specifications Leak

At the CES 2011, Nokia did not announce any new product or services. It is expected that Nokia will announce some killer devices at the upcoming MWC 2011. One of the handsets expected to be announced by the Finnish giant is the Nokia N9 the first phone which will be running on MeeGo.

Now a Finnish website is reporting that the Nokia N9 is expected to sport some killer internal specifications. Apparently, The N9 will be sporting a 1.2GHz Intel Atom CPU. However, I seriously doubt if this is going to be true. An Atom processor will eat up the battery of the phone in no time, and the Atom processors are based on the X86 architecture.

I guess the site is talking about the Intel Moorestown platform here which is closely based on the Intel Atom processor.

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The site also suggests that the MeeGo handset will feature the same 12MP camera as found on the N8. Until the official announcement from Nokia itself, this news is too good to be true for me. The last rumor is that the N9 will sport 4G LTE antennas as well. However, the source says they are not too sure about it.

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) is less than a month from now. Only then we will know whether these rumors turn out to be true or not. Until then, I will suggest readers to gobble up all this information with a pinch of salt.

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