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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

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Maemo 6 to get multitouch & gestures with Qt 4.6

Maemo 6 to get multitouch & gestures with Qt 4.6

If you needed another reason to look beyond Maemo 5 to its successor, Maemo 6, set to be released in around twelve months time, then how about multitouch and gesture-based input?  Nokia have confirmed that Qt 4.6 will be optimized for Maemo 6 but also see a port to the upcoming Symbian 4, as well as bringing with it improvements to the WebKit browser and a reduction in the need for widgets.

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SMiT, Optima show off new MIDs; Android for SmartQ [Video]

SMiT, Optima show off new MIDs; Android for SmartQ [Video]

Intel may still be pushing their vision of MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices) but that doesn't mean everyone is singing from the same song-sheet.  SMiT and Optima have both been showing off their attempts at compact handheld web-access devices, the former slapping Android onto a 4.8-inch touchscreen tablet while the latter has picked Maemo for their 4.3-inch MID.  Meanwhile SmartQ's Q5 and Q7 are both seeing development of various mobile platforms.

Video demos after the cut

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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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Nokia N900 Maemo 5 Shown Off In Very Vibrant Video

Nokia N900 Maemo 5 Shown Off In Very Vibrant Video

Nokia World is coming. Did you get the memo? Or, should we say, Maemo? If you didn't, you probably still already know about it, considering "we've covered" already. And starting tomorrow, the news will start to take on a far more official standpoint. Not that the Nokia N900 isn't official, because it certainly is, but sometimes getting the information from the horse's mouth is a lot better. And who can say no to press events? We certainly can't. But just in case all those still images of the upcoming Rover weren't doing it for you, here's a video of Maemo 5, the User Interface (UI).

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Nokia N900 and Maemo 5 get official [Video]

Nokia N900 and Maemo 5 get official [Video]

In the face of an early review and leaked press shots, Nokia have decided to officially announce the N900 together with its Maemo 5 OS.  Set to get their official unveil at Nokia World next week, the N900 packs HSPA, WiFi and 32GB of storage into a 3.5-inch WVGA resistive touchscreen device powered by an ARM Cortex-A8 with 1GB of RAM, while Maemo 5 supports desktop-style multitasking, Nokia Messaging and a new "cloud" UI.

Video demos after the cut

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Nokia Xseries & Cseries tipped, plus Ilo and Booklet devices

Nokia Xseries & Cseries tipped, plus Ilo and Booklet devices

Two upcoming ranges of devices from Nokia have been tipped, after listings for the Cseries and Xseries were discovered in Finland's trademark database.  Although no official delineation of the ranges has been made, current thinking is leaning toward seeing the C-prefix as for mainstream, numbered devices, while the X-prefix might refer to Maemo 5 based devices.  There are also references to the Nokia Booklet and the "Ilo by Nokia".

 

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Optima OP5-E Maemo MID: 4.3″ touchscreen, 3G and GPS

Optima OP5-E Maemo MID: 4.3″ touchscreen, 3G and GPS

We're used to hearing Maemo mentioned in the same breath as Nokia, but while the open-source OS is generally to be found near Finnish hardware there's no reason why other manufacturers - such as Chinese firm Optima - shouldn't use it on their own devices.  The Optima OP5-E is a 4.3-inch touchscreen MID with WiFi b/g, 3G WWAN and a 3.2-megapixel camera, running Maemo and with voice call functionality. 

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Intel & Nokia announce Moblin & Maemo collaboration; HSPA licensing

Intel & Nokia announce Moblin & Maemo collaboration; HSPA licensing

Details on the Nokia/Intel collaboration are out, and unless the duo are planning a big surprise for their imminent conference call it's not quite the announcement we were hoping for.  That means no Intel-based Nokia MID or netbook, but a "long-term relationship" to develop new mobile device architectures with integrated Nokia HSPA/3G connectivity.  The pairing will also coordinate their Moblin and Maemo Linux platforms, with common technologies and cross-OS applications.

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Nokia N900 Rover Internet Tablet details leak

Nokia N900 Rover Internet Tablet details leak

Details of Nokia's next-gen Internet Tablet have leaked, suggesting that the Finnish company have moved away from positioning the platform as a companion device and now perceive it more as a smartphone.  According to leaked specifications, the Nokia N900 or "Nokia Rover" now has quadband GSM and 3G HSPA, in addition to the WiFi and Bluetooth of the previous-gen models.  It also sheds some screen-size, scaling down to a 3.5-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen (from 4-inches) though as this leaked image suggests the overall design is very similar to that of the N810.

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