Maemo 5

Maemo “Contagious Content” concept promises geo-linked collaborative media

Maemo “Contagious Content” concept promises geo-linked collaborative media

Nokia's various open-source teams are well on their way to being the flirting teases of the mobile OS world; after last week's Symbian Foundation demo video, showing a nifty amalgam of augmented reality, geo-location services and combined social network streams, head of Maemo marketing Peter Schneider took to the stage at Nokia's The Way We Live Next 3.0 event to discuss his team's vision of "contagious content".  According to Schneider, one day our mobile devices will be able to spot hot topics of information - whether they be Twitter messages, photos or something else - nearby to us, and flag them up to better involve us.

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Nokia N900 ships today; Maemo enhancements get video demo

Nokia N900 ships today; Maemo enhancements get video demo

SlashGear is at Nokia's The Way We Live Next 3.0 conference in Helsinki, Finland this week, and the company has just confirmed that the much-anticipated Nokia N900 Maemo smartphone will be shipping today.  We've been told that the handset - which has a 3.5-inch resistive touchscreen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard - went out from Nokia's production facilities over the weekend, with shipments of the handset beginning in Europe, the Middle East, Russia and North America.

Video demo of N900 Maemo 5 enhancements after the cut

Nokia N900 video unboxing

Nokia N900 video unboxing

The Nokia N900 was the stand-out device from Nokia World back in September, and we've been tracking the Maemo 5 smartphone ever since.  Imagine our surprise, then, when a pre-release N900 dropped onto the SlashGear test bench today; the hardware is final, so the 5-megapixel autofocus Carl Zeiss camera is onboard, together with HSPA, WiFi b/g, a 3.5-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and you can check out our video unboxing and gallery after the cut.

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Nokia port Qt to Maemo 5, promise N900 compatibility [Video]

Nokia port Qt to Maemo 5, promise N900 compatibility [Video]

Nokia have already been pretty upfront about their intentions with the cross-platform Qt framework and Maemo, but the company has just pushed out an official Qt port to Maemo 5 in the form of a "technology preview" release.  Contrary to earlier news that Qt wouldn't play nicely with Maemo 5, the OS which the Nokia N900 will run, but only Maemo 6 (expected in late 2010), the Qt port "is designed specifically to work within the Maemo 5 environment".

Video demo on the N900 after the cut

Nokia N900 reaching US distributors September 27th?

Nokia N900 reaching US distributors September 27th?

We'd suggest you dip into your handy pinch-of-salt bag for this one, since we've seen what can happen with Nokia shipping predictions before, but according to The Nokia Blog shipments of N900 handsets are expected to reach US distribution centers on September 27th.  The Maemo 5 smartphone - launched at Nokia World two weeks ago - went up for preorder on September 4th, and assuming the trucks turn up on time, the first units could be in buyers' hands by early October.

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Nokia N900 big-screen gaming gets video demo

Nokia N900 big-screen gaming gets video demo

Apple's iPod touch 3G may be "the funnest iPod ever" now that Steve & Co have decided it's a hardcore gaming machine, but it looks like they may have some competition from Nokia.  One of the N900's less publicized features is its TV output, which can be used to play the preinstalled games - Global Race and Bounce - on a bigger display.  Maemo-Guru shot some footage of the N900 doing its gaming thing, and it certainly looks promising.

Video demo after the cut

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Nokia telling carriers “hands off” N900; Maemo staying unbranded

Nokia telling carriers “hands off” N900; Maemo staying unbranded

Nokia has revealed that it will not be customizing its N900 Maemo 5 smartphone to suit carriers, claiming part of Linux's strength in the mobile market is offering customers a "compelling value proposition".  It's a potentially risky strategy; Nokia's struggle to gain the same sort of foothold in North America as it has in Europe has been partly blamed on a refusal to adapt to carrier-demands there.

Video demos of the N900 after the cut

Talking Nokia N900 and Maemo 5 with Ari Jaaksi

Talking Nokia N900 and Maemo 5 with Ari Jaaksi

We sat down at a roundtable this afternoon with Nokia's Ari Jaaksi, VP of software at the company, and talked about the Nokia N900 and the Maemo 5 OS it runs.  Describing the N900 as "your internet device on the go" and Maemo as "putting the internet first", it's obvious that Jaaksi - and Nokia - have the MID segment in their sights; however they're also upfront about the issues they're going to face not only with their first-gen hardware but the ongoing development of the platform.

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