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Mobile Phone SoftwareDecember 13, 2010

Nokia says “no” to multi-touch virtual keyboards

Say no to drugs. Say no to alcohol. Say no to multi-touch virtual keyboards. According to a YouTube comment posted by the official Nokia user account, the company isn’t keen on adding the feature to upcoming Symbian phones.

NFC is coming in 18 months. Mark your calendars!
Mobile Phone Software11/17/2010

NFC Is Coming: No, Seriously

It’s been a long, long time since I last wrote about near-field communication, a technology that makes all kinds of mobile phone transactions possible. For the past couple of years, it’s been lying low in a number of international trials. But it never seemed to make any real progress in the United States. Until now.

A tour of MeeGo 1.1.
Mobile Phone Software11/6/2010

A Tour of MeeGo 1.1

Even though MeeGo 1.1 is a developer-only release, it’s still a preview of things to come next April. I’ve taken the plunge and installed it on my N900. Let’s take a little tour, shall we?

Mobile Phone Software11/1/2010

MeeGo 1.1 Released, Handset-Ready 1.2 Not Coming Until April 2011

A MeeGo 1.1 “project release” has been released by Nokia. But what is it exactly?

Mobile Phone Software10/27/2010

The N900 Gets PR1.3 Firmware Update

PR1.3 was quite close, all right: the update was made available yesterday. Could Nokia really have added MeeGo dual-booting a whole month before the MeeGo conference? (short answer: nope!)

Mobile Phone Software10/14/2010

The State of the N900: PR1.3 is “quite close”, adds MeeGo dual-boot option

It’s good to see that Nokia hasn’t left the N900, its signature hackable smartphone, by the wayside. Behold this quote by Harri Hakulinen, team lead for the MeeGo on N900 project:


Running Android on the Nokia N900: A Fun Diversion

What happens when you mix the most prevalent open-source mobile OS with one of the most “hackable” phones out there? You get Android, on the N900.

Mobile Phone Software7/14/2010

Three Great N900 Tweaking Tools: Shortcutd, Tweakr, and Phone Speakers Switcher

There’s quite a few tweaking programs for the N900. But these three all bring something new to the table when it comes to managing calls and button presets.

Mobile Phone Software6/3/2010

Nokia N900 Gets New Firmware, Video Calling, Portrait Browsing

It’s been a while since my last post. This is mostly due to a nice, long three-week vacation in Japan which I’ll be writing about soon. Anyway, I arrived yesterday to the welcome news that PR1.2 was finally let out of the bag and released to the masses. The new firmware brings Skype/GTalk video calling, [...]

Mobile Phone Software4/22/2010

Is Voice Navigation Coming Soon to the N900?

A user on the maemo.org forums recently spotted a newspaper clipping advertising, of all things, “free voice-guided navigation for Nokia N900, E72, X6, N97. FOREVER!” (emphasis mine) Was it real, fake, or just mistaken?

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