Nokia's N800 Internet Tablet has been many things, but it's not normally a platform for running VMware. Just because nobody does, though, it doesn't mean they couldn't: at the VMworld Europe 2009 expo, the N800 was demonstrated running Google's Android platform in VMware.
If Nokia are to be believed, their new N86 8MP is not just a S60 smartphone but a legitimate alternative to your digital camera. SlashGear was invited to the official launch this morning at Mobile World Congress; you've already seen the photos and the specs, now we've got the hands-on video.
Nokia today announced the N86 8MP, which as the name suggests is an 8-megapixel cameraphone. It couples Carl Zeiss optics with triband 3G HSDPA/HSUPA, a 2.6-inch OLED display running at 240 x 320 QVGA resolution, and 8GB of onboard memory augmented with microSD cards.
Nokia have officially begun shipping the N85 and N79 in the US, each unlocked and with a 5-megapixel camera and integrated GPS. Both handsets support US-spec HSDPA, using the 850 and 1900 MHz bands, while the N85 adds European 2100MHz support. Nokia's N-Gage mobile gaming platform is also enabled.
Amazon have begun to offer the Nokia N85 cellphone, unlocked for use with any US GSM carrier. As is perhaps unsurprising, you pay through the nose for the privilege of not being tied to a two-year contract: the N85 retails for $555.99, apparently less than half its $1,2k MRSP.
If you've built a media PC and are now looking for a reasonable wireless keyboard and mouse, how about using the Nokia N800 or N810 Internet Tablet instead? BlueMaemo is a port of ReMoko for the Linux-based Maemo OS used on the touchscreen devices, and basically offers the Internet Tablet as a combined keyboard and mouse device via the Bluetooth HID profile.
Mozilla will release an alpha-build of their new Firefox Mobile browser by the end of next week, initially only for the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet. The software, codenamed Fennec, is intended for preliminary code checking with a touchscreen-centric device, according to Jay Sullivan, Mozilla vice president of mobile, and precedes a Windows Mobile version that will drop "in a few months". As well as the multifunction search & address 'awesome bar', Firefox for Mobile will support swipe-gestures for calling up control and contextual menus, and use the same Gecko rendering engine as the desktop version of Firefox.
As usage applications go, this is perhaps not applicable to most - I doubt many people have access to a Yamaha 01V96 digital mixer - but it's a cool implementation of a UMPC/MID device nonetheless. Part of a Nokia Internet Tablet thread on the Internet Tablet Talk forums, it's a quick guide to using VNC to remotely control a full theater sound system from the touchscreen of a Nokia N810.
Bargains to be had, as Nokia's N810 Internet Tablet takes a price tumble at several big-name retailers. Both TigerDirect and CompUSA have the N810 - which offers VoIP, internet browsing, email, messaging and more over a WiFi connection - for $299.99, down from the original price of $479.99. Nokia's own online store is selling the N810 for $439.
Some enterprising fellows over at eLinux.org have found a way to get Google's Android OS onto a Nokia N810 with its OMAP2 chips, which means this particular hack should also work with some Sharp Zaurus models. Anyways, the Android OS looks simply heavenly on the N810 and just goes to further prove that the OS isn't limited by a cellular connection, it can work on a broad range of mobile devices.