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Nokia N9 - MeeGo Harmattan device

Today in Singapore, at the Nokia Connection event, Nokia announced the Nokia N9. Key hardware features include 3.9 inch touchscreen (854 x 480), penta-band 3G, comprehensive connectivity (WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, USB), up to 64 GB of internal memory and 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss Tessar optics. The device is housed in a single piece polycarbonate body with seamless curved glass screen.

The Nokia N9 runs on MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan (MeeGo for Nokia N9). The UI features three home views (events, applications and open apps) with the primary control being a single swipe gesture. The N9, which is a Qt enabled device, will ship with a range of services and applications including Nokia Maps, an HTML enabled (Webkit2) based browser and Skype, Twitter and Facebook integration. Nokia will be announcing a release date and pricing in due course.

# Posted by Rafe, David in Hardware at 5:44 UTC, Jun 21st || Comments

Acer Iconia M500 - MeeGo tablet shown at Computex

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.

# Posted by Rafe in Hardware, Events at 10:55 UTC, Jun 1st || Comments

Demos from the MeeGo Conference

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.

# Posted by Rafe in Hardware, Links of Interest at 12:17 UTC, May 29th || Comments

4tiitoo plans upgrade of WeTab OS to MeeGo 1.2

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. 

# Posted by Rafe in Hardware, Industry at 16:09 UTC, May 23rd || Comments

Live: Nokia Strategy and Financial Briefing

At a Strategy and Financial Briefing, which takes place at 10 am GMT on February 11th Nokia's CEO, Stephen Elop, is expected to outline his vision for the future strategy of the company. Rafe will be reporting live from Intercontinental Park Lane Hotel, London, where the event is taking place. You can follow our live coverage using this story or via our Twitter accounts (@aas and @allaboutmeego).

# Posted by Rafe in Software, Hardware, Developer, Industry, Events, Services at 23:00 UTC, Feb 10th || Comments

Nokia Bike Charger accessory now available in select markets

The Nokia Bicycle Charger accessory is now available in select markets. It can be bought from Nokia's online shops and other select retailers; the Nokia UK online shop is selling it for £25. The accessory uses pedal power to recharge the battery in your phone. It works by attaching a dynamo to the wheel that generates power as you move. Those using the accessory will need to maintain a speed of at least 4 mph and no more than 31 mph to provide sufficient energy for effective charging. 

# Posted by Rafe in Hardware at 17:20 UTC, Feb 1st || Comments

IEC finally publishes 'micro USB' charging standard

Even though we first reported on the standardisation of mobile phone chargers two years ago, the International Electrotechnical Commission has finally published its IEC International Standard IEC 62684, entitled "Interoperability specifications of common external power supply (EPS) for use with data-enabled mobile telephones". This final push has partly been made possible by the IEC signing a "memorandum of understanding" with the USB Implementers Forum. The standard has been based on specifications from fourteen companies: Apple, Nokia, Research in Motion, Emblaze Mobile, Huawei Technologies, LGE, Motorola Mobility, NEC, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, TCT Mobile (ALCATEL), Texas Instruments and Atmel.

# Posted by David in Hardware, Industry at 11:22 UTC, Feb 1st || Comments

Marko Ahtisaari at LeWeb 2010

Marko Ahtisaari, SVP of industrial design at Nokia, was one of the guest speakers at this year's LeWeb Conference. He covered topics from dominant designs of smartphone user interface and collective intelligence with mobile devices. He outlined why he sees that there's plenty of work to be done in the world of mobile user experience, particularly in having mobile devices actually demand less of our attention. In his view, iOS is "beautifully elegant and fantastically constrained", while Symbian and Android actually share the same design pattern but differ greatly in their business models. Read on for a in-depth account of the speech and Q&A session.

# Posted by David in Software, Hardware, Industry, Editorial Thoughts, Events at 9:26 UTC, Dec 13th || Comments

The DIY cameraphone test

Kudos to the web programmers and the rest of the team at GSM Arena, who have produced the really rather cool 'Photo Compare Tool'. Essentially they've taken a large number of recent phones and smartphones and shot the same three test photos with each (ISO 12233, Grey and Colour). You can then choose which three phones you'd like to compare using the drop-down pick lists and click any of the offered crops to show the full photo in the main window. Oh heck, just go try it, you'll see what I mean. Curiously, the Symbian-powered camera champions, the Nokia N86, Samsung i8910 and Sony Ericsson Satio aren't represented, but there's still plenty of other Symbian (and Maemo) interest. Full list below.

# Posted by Steve in Hardware, Links of Interest at 9:33 UTC, Nov 25th || Comments

MeeGo Conference IVI and Pelagicore joining the Linux Foundation

It has been announced that Pelagicore AB has now joined the Linux Foundation. Pelagicore AB is a company who applies open source software to develop of automotive infotainment products. They have joined the Linux Foundation specifically to participate in the building of the MeeGo In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) reference design.

Also today, Rudolf Streif of the Linux Foundation, hosted a work-group session at the 2010 MeeGo conference in Dublin, to present they key challenges and considerations of MeeGo IVI. Read on for more details and our photo coverage.

# Posted by David in Software, Hardware, Industry at 15:39 UTC, Nov 15th || Comments
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