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MeeGo 1.0 released, includes netbook user experience

On Tuesday the project release of MeeGo 1.0 was announced. It provides developers with a stable core foundation for application development. In addition the releases includes the provision for a rich user experience (UI and applications) for netbooks and related devices. This means it is now possible for anyone to run MeeGo on many commercially available netbooks, complete with a usable UI and basic set of applications (like any other operating system). A user experience for touch based devices, such as handsets (e.g. N900), tablets and automotive systems will appear in the next release, which is due in October. Read on for further details.

# Posted by Rafe in Software, Developer, Industry at 18:44 UTC, May 29th || Comments
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Nokia N900 PR 1.2 update incoming

The Nokia N900's second major software update, PR 1.2 (10.2010.19-1), will become available in the next 24 hours. The UK release should be available today, with the global release following tomorrow (26th May). The update brings support for event invites in email, Facebook chat, video calling, portrait browsing, an updated version of Ovi Maps, Qt 4.6 support, updated application menu UI, and much more.  

# Posted by Rafe in Software, Links of Interest at 7:36 UTC, May 25th || Comments
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Maemo 5 Extras passes 10 million downloads

Downloads from Maemo 5 Extras have now passed the 10 million mark. Extras is the primary repository for Maemo applications. This represent a significant milestone for community-led software downloads. It should be noted that there are other sources for Maemo application (e.g. Ovi Store) so the total number of software downloads to N900s is significantly higher.

# Posted by Rafe in Software at 8:01 UTC, May 24th || Comments
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Nokia looks to reorganisation to promote innovation and execution

Nokia has announced a company reorganisation, which it says will increase competitiveness and allow it to deliver innovative products to the market faster. Nokia is planning to introduce a simplified structure for its devices and services business; it will comprise three components: Mobile Solutions, Mobile Phones and Markets. The new structure applies from July 1st 2010. Nokia have also appointed a new CTO, Rich Green, previously at Sun, who has many years of Silicon Valley experience. Read on for further details.

# Posted by Rafe, Ewan in Industry, Editorial Thoughts at 14:58 UTC, May 11th || Comments
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Opera Mobile 10 Now Available for Maemo

Opera Mobile 10 has been a mainstay of the mobile browser landscape for the last decade. On Tuesday, Opera Labs just announced the availability of a special build of Opera Mobile 10 for Maemo 4 and 5. The preview build contains the same features available in Opera Mobile 10 for Symbian and Windows Mobile smartphones including Opera Turbo support (faster browser), bookmark and Speed Dial sync, and support fot multiple tabs. More information in the full story.

# Posted by Asri in Software at 8:42 UTC, May 11th || Comments

What happens when the bars run out?

At every turn in the mobile world, you see online services being launched, and applications that tie into existing services. Examine the top ten things that a typical iPhone or Android phone owner does and I'd bet that over half (if not 7 or 8) involved Internet access. The number's arguably lower in the Symbian world (more built-in/local functionality), but the trend is clear - software and service designers are assuming that mobile Internet access is a given. But what happens when the (signal) bars run out?

# Posted by Steve in Miscellaneous, Industry, Editorial Thoughts at 8:30 UTC, May 5th || Comments
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Nokia Qt SDK in Beta - cross platform development toolkit

This week Nokia announced the launch and beta availability of the Nokia Qt SDK, a single 'easy-to-use' software development kit (SDK) for Symbian and MeeGo application development. The SDK is, effectively, an evolution of the Qt SDK, with specific focus on, and support for, Nokia's mobile devices. It provides a complete tool chain for creating, developing, testing, packaging and deploying Qt applications. The SDK is available for both Windows and Linux (Mac support is being investigated) and can be downloaded from the Forum Nokia website. Read on for more details.

# Posted by Rafe in Software, Developer, Editorial Thoughts at 19:52 UTC, May 2nd || Comments

Ultra-low-power Bluetooth on the way

The Bluetooth SIG has announced that the 'much anticipated' v4.0 update to the Bluetooth protocol (incorporating the Bluetooth low energy technology pioneered by Nokia in Wibree) will be finalized and sent to manufacturers by the end of June. Bluetooth 4.0 could theoretically be powered for years by a coin-celled battery, has faster transfer rates, and has an increased range that can extend up to 200 feet and beyond (at higher power, obviously). Bluetooth v4.0-enabled devices should come on sale around the end of 2010.

# Posted by Steve in Links of Interest, Industry at 17:12 UTC, Apr 25th || Comments
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Offscreen Technologies passes 25 million Ovi Store downloads

Offscreen Technologies, who have released a wide portfolio of games, applications and eBooks on Ovi Store, have announced that their content has been downloaded more than 25 million times. Offscreen has focussed on providing content for Nokia's touchscreen devices, including the Nokia 5800, N97, X6 and N900. They currently have around 100 titles in the Ovi Store; some of the applications, including Level Touch, Bright Light Touch and Labyrinth Lite Touch have been downloaded more than a million times each. More below.

# Posted by Rafe in Software, Links of Interest, Developer, Services at 10:48 UTC, Apr 21st || Comments

Ovi Store continues to build a strong foundation

With over two thirds of users choosing to be billed through their mobile phone account (where available), and 90% of users able to use their own language, it's getting harder and harder for everyone to ignore the Ovi Store. It's on an upward curve of adoption by users, developers and networks, and now welcomes China into the Top Ten list of active countries.

# Posted by Rafe, Ewan in Links of Interest, Developer at 20:54 UTC, Apr 13th || Comments
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