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Maemo 5 design documentation on Forum Nokia

Forum Nokia has published a number of UI design documents for Maemo 5. The published documents include Freemantle Layout Guide (introduces the exact layout and graphics of Fremantle), Hildon 2.2 Style Guide (explains the user interface principles) and Hildon 2.2 Widget Specification (specifies the Hildon 2.2 widgets). Early this month Forum Nokia also published a on redesigning Maemo 4 applications for Maemo 5.

# Posted by Rafe in Links of Interest, Developer at 18:32 UTC, Sep 20th || Comments
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Three Apps on my Smartphone, and I'm still rolling along...

Are bulging App Stores overrated? Whichever Symbian-powered phone you own (or even if you have an iPhone, Blackberry, etc), could you manage with only three third party (i.e. add-on) applications? And if so, which ones would they be? Steve Litchfield conducts a spot survey and ponders a few personal theories...

# Posted by Steve in Software, Miscellaneous, Editorial Thoughts at 14:46 UTC, Sep 15th || Comments

Which three heavyweights will the smartphone market support?

While watching an interview recorded at the Gnomedex conference over the summer, I was struck with a statement from Micah Baldwin. In talking about the startup environment online with Jolie O'Dell, and specifically social networks, he said that any market can comfortably take three major players in the space. And given the crowded nature of the Smartphone OS market, do we have three clear heavyweights?

# Posted by Ewan in Software, Editorial Thoughts at 19:45 UTC, Sep 14th || Comments

Tour of the Experience floor at Nokia World 2009

In the two video embedded in this news story I give you a whistle stop tour of the Nokia World experience lounge (show floor). You'll see highlights from all the devices announced at Nokia World. There's a brief glimpse of the N900 in the part 1 and a longer look at the N900 running Bounce Evolution in part 2. Bounce Evolution is a game that uses the N900's accelerometer to control movement and can be used on conjunction with the TV-out functionality for (last generation) console like gaming.

# Posted by Rafe in at 11:39 UTC, Sep 11th || Comments
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China Telecom develop first 3G Maemo tablet not made by Nokia

Maemo is mostly an open source platform and that means that anyone can use most of it on their own products, which means Maemo isn't just restricted to Nokia products. As part of a product range called Optima, China Telecom has developed a pocket computer with integrated 3G (CDMA2000 so it won't work in Europe or America) and Wi-Fi with a 4.3 inch screen and 2600 mAh battery. The specs sound good but compatibility issues not to say language issues mean that it almost certainly won't be available outside China. Video and images below.

# Posted by Tzer2 in Hardware, Links of Interest, Industry at 20:10 UTC, Sep 4th || Comments

Nokia World 09 in your living room

Bah, who need planes, taxis and hotels? You can watch the presentations from Nokia World in the comfort of your own living room or office, thanks to Nokia's events team, with a live page to bookmark and then keep an eye on throughout tomorrow and Thursday. The first keynote kicks off at 8am BST, 9am CET, so you might want to set an alarm if you're in the UK! See also the main AAS Twitter account, which is worth following and which will be feeding you updates straight from Rafe's keyboard....

# Posted by Steve in Links of Interest, Events at 12:30 UTC, Sep 1st || Comments
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Wait a second, what's going on? What the heck is Maemo?

Some of you may be familiar with the Maemo platform from the Nokia N810, N800 or 770 internet tablets, but most N900 smartphone users are probably going to be encountering Maemo for the first time. If you're new to the Maemo project you might be rather confused by what's going on. What is Maemo anyway and what's happening to Symbian? We present a brief guide to these and other questions below...

# Posted by Tzer2 in Hardware, Miscellaneous, Industry, Editorial Thoughts at 20:37 UTC, Aug 31st || Comments
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What the N900 and Maemo 5 could mean for Ovi gaming

The N900 has been fully unveiled and is almost in the shops. We know it will support many Ovi services, though there's no word about Ovi Store yet (but that may come in the future). Looking at the hardware itself though, what will Maemo 5 and the N900 offer gamers? See below for some thoughts...

# Posted by Tzer2 in Hardware, Editorial Thoughts, Games at 14:21 UTC, Aug 30th || Comments
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Nokia N900 - Maemo 5-powered mobile computing

Nokia has announced the Nokia N900, a Maemo 5-powered device. Maemo 5 is the evolution of Nokia's previous generation of Internet Tablets and aims to occupy the space created by the convergence of mobile phones, laptops and the Internet. The N900 features a horizontal slider design with a three line QWERTY keyboard, a 3.5 inch WVGA (800 x 600) touch screen, ARM Cortex-A8 600 MHz processor with 256MB of RAM (and 768MB of virtual memory), 5.0 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, tri-band WCDMA and WiFi connectivity, integrated A-GPS, 3.5 mm AV jack (audio and TV-out), and 32GB of flash storage and a microSD card slot. The N900 will be available in select markets from October 2009 at a cost of €500 before taxes and subsidies. Read on for further details and comment.

# Posted by Rafe in Hardware, Industry, Editorial Thoughts at 11:03 UTC, Aug 27th || Comments
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