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SPB TV Now Available For Maemo Smartphones

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Earlier this month, SPB Software launched its popular application, SPB TV for Android and Bada OS. And now, the company announced the launch of this amazing app for Maemo smartphones. SPB TV for Maemo allows you to watch Live TV channels on the go. You can easily download this application from Ovi Store. Check out the complete features of SPB TV below.

Features

  • Full Screen TV player with picture-in-picture mode
  • Unique TV browser with fast channel launching and switching
  • A wide selection of public live TV channels
  • Integrated TV Guide with a list of current and upcoming TV shows
  • On-screen control panel
  • Video quality switcher
  • Advanced Video Codec support

We aim to bring SPB TV to every mobile device and provide users with the opportunity to watch mobile TV for free no matter what kind of phone they have. The release of SPB TV for Maemo and Nokia N900 devices helps us to cover one more platform and make SPB TV available for more than 99% of mobile devices on the market, says Vassili Philippov, COO of SPB Software.

SPB TV for Maemo is the first mobile TV solution for Maemo devices available on the Ovi store. Currently, Maemo users can watch live TV channels from more than 17 countries. Currently, this app is available on Android, iPhone/iPad, Symbian, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, Bada and WebOS smartphones as well as on feature phones. SPB TV is available for Maemo smartphone users for free. This app currently supports Nokia N900 smartphone. To download SPB TV, head over to this page.

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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Firefox 4 Beta 3 For Android And Maemo Released

The team behind the popular desktop browser Firefox Mozilla has released an updated beta of Firefox for Android and Maemo. The new update brings with it number of bug fixes and features including copy/paste in URL bar and new style menus. Firefox for mobile is based on the same platform as Firefox for desktop.

Here is the list of the new features introduced in Firefox 4 Beta 3 for Android -:

Firefox_4_Mobile_Android_MaemoAndroid :

  • Improved support for Android keyboards, both hardware and on-screen
  • New Android-style menus
  • Fixed a bug in opening links from other apps
  • Support for uploading files
  • “Save as PDF” command in the site menu
  • Fixed rendering of Arabic and Farsi text (on devices with Arabic/Farsi fonts installed)
  • Firefox Sync
  • New UI for simpler setup
  • Support for custom Firefox Sync servers

Video :

  • Full-screen open video
  • Improved audio performance
  • User interface
  • Copy/paste in URL bar
  • Search engines appear in the awesome screen as you type
  • Browse recommended add-ons through the add-on manager

For developers -:

  • localStorage API
  • orientation events (new on Android)

Support :

  • Crash reporting for crashes in web content

I had tried the previous beta of Firefox for Android and was left totally unimpressed. The application was slow, took forever to start and by the time it loaded the desktop version of Engadget on my phone I was able to finish a level of Angry Birds. I am yet to try to the new beta but I hope that the Mozilla team has solved these issues.

Android and Maemo handset(s ) owners can download Firefox for their handset from here.

MeeGo v1.1 Ported To Nexus One

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. Nexus_One_MeeGo_1.1

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.

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.

N900 PR1.3 Update Dual Boots Maemo and MeeGo

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. Nokia_N900

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.

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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Android 2.2 Running on Nokia N900

Nokia N900 is the hottest Nokia phone right now. It sports Maemo, the flagship mobile OS over which Nokia fans are going all gaga. Hackers have gone a step further in showing this love by porting Android 2.2 to the Nokia N900.

The port is full of bugs though. There is no network signal, the Wi-Fi needs a manual setup and the touchscreen lags but at least it works! The Android port on iPhone lagged heavily as well. The hackers are working to improve this port. In the meanwhile, enjoy this YouTube video.

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Nokia N900 Launched In India For Rs. 30,639

the flagship device from Nokia has been officially launched in India for Rs. 30,639. Nokia N900 has been the saving grace for Nokia after launching the hugely unpopular Nokia N97.

Nokia N900

Nokia N900 has a 3.5" touchscreen display with a QWERTY keypad. It also has a 5MP camera with a Carl Zeiss Dual LED flash. Nokia N900 GPS and Quad-band GSM, EDGE, GPRS and WCDMA. The device is powered by an ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz processor with OpenGL ES 2.0 support and comes 1GB Ram.

Nokia N900 also has 32GB of memory which can also be expanded to up-to 48GB using a microSD card. The phone also supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and has a FM transmitter.

Nokia N900 runs on which is a Linux based OS and a breakaway from the Symbian OS usually seen in Nokia devices. Nokia N900 can also run applications such as Firefox Mobile with add-ons support. In addition to that Nokia N900 also runs Ovi Maps and more.

Nokia N900 will be available in retail stores across India for Rs, 30,639.

Nokia Pushes Through Maemo 1.2 for N900 – Confirms That It Won’t Be Getting MeeGo

Nokia-N900-Meego 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.

Changing Camera Sound in N900

Changing the camera’s sound in N900 is quite easy. All system sounds are stored in usr/share/sound. Just follow the following simple steps to do so:

  • Root your N900 if you have not already. Just download rootsh from application manager.
  • Connect to N900 using any FTP client (like Filezilla or WinSCP) over WiFi.
  • Go to usr/share/sound
  • Replace camera_snd_title_1 by any new sound file (the format doesn’t matter). It’s the camera’s shutter sound
  • Replace camera_snd_title_2. It’s the video recording sound
  • Replace camera_snd_title_3. It’s the camera’s focus sound
  • Disconnect and restart your phone

That’s it. This will change your phone’s camera sounds to the new sound files. If you want a silent camera, just rename or delete the files instead of adding new ones.

Mozilla Firefox Mobile Add-on Challenge

Mozilla has announced a mobile add-on challenge running for a month. Your challenge is to develop an add-on by Monday, the 12th of April. The add-on should be compatible with the latest version of Firefox and should be compliant with the mobile UI style guide. Some possible themes on which add-ons can be developed are:

  • Using device APIs like using functionalities of the camera.
  • Social and sharing tools like tools for photo sharing and twitter clients.
  • Saving files as PDF and other possible options.

This is just a rough idea. Innovative developers will aim beyond this like the CUDA Jetpack winner. Add-ons are supported by both Firefox for Mobile on Windows Mobile and Maemo. This gives developers a wide platform for testing and deployment. According to the contest announcement, the prizes and incentives enjoyed by the winners will be:

A new Nokia N900 Firefox mobile official launch t-shirt Firefox mobile phone cover Promotion of your add-on!

Development resources and contest details are available at this page. The challenge is an attempt to involve more developers into the development of Firefox add-ons for Fennec. The idea of winning ten Nikia N900s is intriguing in itself.

Rooting N900

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Rooting N900 is much more simpler than any other phone available today. You just need rootsh to enable root access.

Here’s how to get rootsh:

  • Go to Application manager>>Application catalogs>>New
  • Write maemo.org extras-testing for catalog name
  • Give web address as http://repository.maemo.org/extras-testing
  • Enter fremantle as the distribution
  • Enter free non-free for components

A simpler way would be to open this page on your N900 and click here. This link will automatically configure the repository for extras catalog.

Now simply download rootsh from Application Manager.

Once you are done with rootsh, open a terminal.

You can now either try sudo gainroot or rootsh. sudo gainroot gives us root access without enabling R&D mode while rootsh is much more effective if you want to run single commands.

If you are having problem with the sudo command, try downloading sudser from the extras catalog.

Warning : Root Access enables users to change the  file-system  and gives full access to all system files. DON’T play with it if you don’t know what you are doing.

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.