Nokia has just released Qt 4.6, the first release of Qt to natively support both Symbian and Maemo. Why Qt is important is because it enables the creation of applications which can run on both platforms yet be born from a single code base. In other words, the developer can make an application once and then supply it both for Symbian and Maemo devices.
This is the tool Nokia is looking at to harmonise software development across its different platforms. Qt also supports Windows 7, Apple Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and Maemo 6. At the Way We Live Next event at Nokia House, I can able to catch a demo of how this will work and ask a couple of questions about it, the video is embedded below.
The image that I told you about is becoming more interesting with time. With a bit of prodding I have been able to figure out that words ‘Major Compete’ in the picture actually translate into a URL – www.majorcompete.com and that it has nothing to do with the October 23 event that Nokia is holding in London.
It is actually in the nature of an online treasure hunt. If you fire up www.majorcompete.com in your browser you will see the following page. The first word sure seems a lot like Maemo. If this is going in the direction of the N900, I am going to love it.
We told you about the Maemo Central launch today morning and since then there has been considerable activity on the N900/Maemo front, considering the fact that today is the first day of the Maemo Summit. The N900 has been unboxed on video, we also now have details coming in about Maemo 6 (multitouch and capacitive touchscreens are a go). Nokia has announced the official port of Qt to Maemo 5 and word is out the Portrait browsing is coming to the N900 by Christmas.
If Maemo or the N900 interests you, just head across to Maemo Central.
A little over a month ago when Nokia introduced the N900, I asked you what new direction should The Symbian Blog take? Quite a number of you took the time to reply (thank you!) and were keen on Maemo and N900 coverage, so that settled the first question as to whether I should covered the aforementioned subjects. The next question was how do I do that? Should I expand the horizon of The Symbian Blog and include Maemo as well, or launch a new website.
I thought about it and as much as I wanted, I couldn’t get myself to cover Maemo on ‘The ‘Symbian‘ Blog’ on a regular basis. Therefore it was time for a fresh new website and thus MaemoCentral.com was born – your one stop destination for all things Maemo. News, reviews, tutorials and more about the Maemo platform.
I have been updating Maemo Central for a few days now and since today marks the start of the Maemo Summit, I though it would be a good time to soft launch it. The Symbian Blog will meanwhile continue to run full force, like it always has. We will still cover important Maemo/N900 stories here, but Maemo Central will be the place where all the in-depth action will be.
The N900 is a fresh new device with a new layout, settings and functionality. If you have been using Nokia smartphones in the past, chances are that you never felt the need of picking the user manual, the N900 however will change that. Not only will the geek in you want to read it, you might even learn a thing or two about the device.
When it rains, it pours. We not have not one but two very comprehensive (read as exceptionally long) reviews of the N900 and its Maemo 5 OS. Michal Jerz at My-Symbian looks at the N900 in minute detail right from the camera with image/video samples, to the hardware, build quality, Maemo 5 and even available applications.
In conclusion he has praise for the speed and stability of the device, the quick GPS, the new Maemo 5 OS and quite a few other things. His concerns stem from the lack of Java support, limited number of profiles, no equalizer and the internal memory amongst other things. Considering the fact that the review is based on a proto device with unfinished software, it is quite possible that quite a few of these niggles go away by the time the device hits the shelves. Jump over for the complete low down.