Nokia Connection, a regional showcase for Nokia's South-East Asia and Pacific customers, takes place tomorrow at the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore. Keynote speeches, starting at 10 am Singapore time (3am UK time), will be given by Stephen Elop (Nokia CEO), Mary McDowell (EVP Mobile Phones), Marco Argenti (SVP Developer) and Marko Ahtisaari (SVP Design). The event's website notes that these will include the "global launch of brand new mobile devices and related services".
Nokia's Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Rich Green, is to take an indefinite leave of absence for personal reasons. Green joined Nokia in 2010, and was brought into its leadership team in February 2011, reporting directly to new CEO, Stephen Elop. As CTO, Green was charged with overseeing the direction of technological advancement in both Nokia's software and hardware groups. Henry Tirri, head of Nokia Research Center, has been appointed acting CTO.
Offscreen Technologies has announced the release of its in-house integrated development environment (IDE), free of cost to anyone who wishes to use it. Named Origo, it can be downloaded from origo.offscr.com, along with various guides and further information on its use. Origo allows users to write once and automatically package their application for Symbian^3, S60 5th Edition, S60 3rd Edition, Maemo 5 and Windows Phone 7. Offscreen Technologies Ltd. states that it has published over 150 applications, and has had over 70 million downloads via the Ovi Store.
Bloomberg Businessweek has published an in-depth article, titled 'Stephen Elop's Nokia Adventure', which describes how Nokia's new CEO is trying to turn the company around. It covers his first 8 months at the company and looks at the story behind Nokia's new strategy. There's a lot of interesting detail about the decision making behind Nokia's smartphone strategy, which took place in the first few weeks of 2011.
Earlier today, at the Computex trade-show, Acer unveiled the Iconia M500, a tablet running on MeeGo. It has 10 inch screen, with a resolution of 1280 x 800, and runs on an Intel Atom processor (Moorestown). The device is running a custom UI, which is described as 'snackable', on top of MeeGo 1.2. Acer expect to release the M500 to the market by the end of the year, but have not disclosed pricing details.
At the Computex trade-show, ASUS has launched a new netbook, the Eee PC X101, which uses the MeeGo OS as its default operating system. The X101 has a 10 inch screen, weighs around 950g and is just 17.6mm thick. It uses an Intel Atom N435 processor running at 1.33 Ghz and is available in a range of colours and configurations, with pricing starting from around $200.
During last week's MeeGo conference a demo area gave companies a chance to show off some of their MeeGo related products and solutions. We've collected together a number of video demos, captured by those attending the conference, to give you a flavour of what was available. The demos include MeeGo 1.2 Developer Edition for the N900, iBuddie MeeGo Tablet, MeeGo TV UX, Indizmixx 2 portable studio MeeGo tablet, BasyKom's UI concept, Intel AppUp running on MeeGo devices and a Dance Dance Revolution style game written in QML.
The opening keynote at the MeeGo Conference highlighted MeeGo's time to market advantage. Guest speakers from Nissan (IVI), 4tiitoo (Tablet) and Amino (TV) all noted that they had chosen MeeGo because it was open source and because it gave them a time to market advantage. However, with the exception of MeeGo 1.2 integration updates, concrete news announcements were thin on the ground, reflecting MeeGo's continuing position as a platform with future potential.
Today, at the MeeGo conference, 4tiitoo AG announced that it plans to integrate the MeeGo 1.2 common code into WebTab OS. The OS, which is used on the WeTab tablet, consists of a user experience (UI) layer built by 4tiitoo, using the MeeGo UX framework for tablets, sitting on top of the core MeeGo OS.
Red Flag Software, one of China's largest Linux vendors, today announced that it plans to deliver a tablet operating system based on the MeeGo 1.2 release. In common with other MeeGo based solutions, it will use the common code base and UI building blocks of MeeGo, but will feature a user experience built by Red Flag Software. The operating system will receive its public unveiling at Computex next week.