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Alien Dalvik Will Let Android Apps Run On MeeGo & Maemo

A very promising press release hit my inbox today morning, the Myriad Group has announced Alien Dalvik, a solution that will let users take advantage of applications made for Android devices on their MeeGo smartphones. According to the press release, Alien Dalvik ‘enables the majority of Android applications to run unmodified, allowing application store owners to quickly kick start Android application store services by simply repackaging Android Package (APK) files’.

Alien Dalvik Will Let Android Apps Run On MeeGo & Maemo

The best part about the solution is that Alien Dalvik applications will appear as native and can be seamlessly installed on devices, as you can see from the demo video below, they appear just as any other native Maemo app would.  Myriad Alien Dalvik is slated to become commercially available later this year on the MeeGo platform with support for other platforms to be announced in the coming months.

The press release only mentions MeeGo, however the demo video has been shot on the N900, running Maemo 5 and other documentation also mentions it, so chances are N900 owners might get some love as well. Alien Dalvik will also be demonstrated publicly for the first time on the Nokia N900 at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from February 14th-17th at the Myriad hospitality suite located at The Avenue, Stand AV91.

Myriad claims that the Alien Dalvik solution will let Android apps run on non Android smartphones with the same speed and performance as they would on a native Android device. ‘A very tight integration to both the Android SDK and the MeeGo SDK (QTCreator) makes it very easy to modify, package and test applications. Most Android applications can run unmodified as the vast majority of Android APIs are supported and tight integration with the QT framework leads to a seamless user experience.’

The bottomline is, if the solution can do what it claims and Nokia can churn out a great looking UI for MeeGo, people will stop their demands for a Android or WP7 device from Nokia.

How To Set A Custom Ringtone For Each Contact On The N900

Marco Barisione’s just released an app called ‘Ringtoned’ for the N900 that brings the ability to set custom ringtones for each contact in the N900’s phonebook. The best part about this app is that it integrates well with the N900 as there’s no standalone setup, you can asign a default ringtone from the Profiles menu as usual and for custom ringtones, just go to the Contacts application, select the contact and press the new ‘Set custom ringtone’ button in the menu.

How To Set A Custom Ringtone For Each Contact On The N900

  • Search for ‘custom ringtones’ in the application manager after enabling extras-devel and refreshing the repository.

How To Set A Custom Ringtone For Each Contact On The N900

  • To set a custom ringtone, open contacts, select the contact you want and goto options by hitting the name of the contact in the title bar. Select ‘Set custom ringtone’.

How To Set A Custom Ringtone For Each Contact On The N900

  • The UI to set a ringtone is just like the one under Settings>Profile. When you are finished, press done and you are all setup.

The app is available from the Extras-Devel repository, or you can also download it from Marco’s personal repository here. Since this is the first release there might be bugs and if here is heavy load on the system, the ringtone might start after a slight delay. Future versions of this application should have the ability to set a custom ringtone for anonymous phone calls and for calls from an unknown number as well.

The inability to set custom ringtones for individual contacts has been something a lot of people have missed on the N900, but once again through Marco Barisione‘s fine work, the community has come through.

Brief: 'Maemo.Gitorious.org' Has Gone Live

The Maemo developer platform team just everyone know that ‘Maemo.Gitorious.org‘ has just gone live. In short, it will the place you will be able to see the Maemo platform develop and the whole open source idea kick in. If you want a little more explanation, here’s what the team had to say:

maemo.gitorious.org will be the place where Maemo devices develops the Maemo platform in the open.

Naturally the upstream projects that are used by Maemo Devices will be developed at the upstream sources, while everything else Maemo Devices  develops in the open will move to maemo.gitorious.org as time goes by.

The idea of having a single location is to make it easier for people to find what they are looking for and to have a simple way to contribute back.

If you are a pure consumer who is interested in the end product, chances are you will never need to look this page up. However, if you have a bit of interest in development, this will be a place you want to check out.

The N900 Becomes Official With An Awesome Video Promo

With one announcement after the other in the last four days, Nokia is realy turning it on. Despite the Booklet 3G, the N900 is the device that I am looking forward to the most.

Today, Nokia made the N900 official with one great looking promo video. My advice is leave the reading for now and have a look at it first.

Now that you are already awestruck and desperately wanting the device, have a look at these N900 highlights:

  • Maemo 5-powered
  • Features a horizontal slider design with a three line QWERTY keyboard.
  • 3.5 inch WVGA (800 x 600) resistive touch screen
  • An ARM Cortex-A8 600 MHz processor
  • 1 GB of Application Memory – 256MB of RAM (and 768MB of virtual memory)
  • Nokia BL-5J 1320 mAh battery.
  • FM Transmitter, USB Charging.
  • Dimensions of 110.9 x 59.8 x 18mm, weighs of 181g.
  • 5.0 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, video capture at WVGA (800 x 480), upto 25 frames per second.
  • Tri-band WCDMA and WiFi connectivity.
  • Integrated A-GPS, 3.5 mm AV jack – doubles at TV-Out port.
  • 32GB of flash storage with a microSD card slot.
  • Fennec web browser powered by Mozilla technology, supports full Flash 9.4 and AJAX.
  • Unified Messaging and Address book.
  • Video playback support for H.264, MPEG-4, XviD,  WMV and Flash.
  • Panorama desktop with a multi-window task switcher.
  • Available in select markets from October 2009 at a cost of €500 before taxes and subsidies.

If you want more details, here is a link to the press release. The device will be demoed at Nokia World but here is a small teaser from Nokia. Stay tuned for more.

Rumours Of A Nokia Android Device Abound – More Hype Than Substance

Since S60/Symbian bashing has become the new thing lately, a lot of rumours proclaiming that Nokia will ditch Symbian were expected. However, one piece of ‘news’ that has really sent the rumour mills into a tizzy is this piece published in UK’s Guardian newspaper, ‘quoting industry insiders’, claiming that Nokia will embrace Android to keep afloat in the smartphone wars and that the announcement of a Android running Nokia smartphone was expected this Nokia World, September 2-3.

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What is my reaction? Hype and very/no little substance. If you think about it camly, I’m sure you will see through it as well. Nokia is the world’s biggest handset manufacturer, it already runs Symbian on its smartphones and Maemo, its homegrown flavour of Linux, on its Internet Tablets and if it were to make an Android device now, it would be equivalent of saying ‘we couldn’t make a decent OS on our own and now we will compete with other manufacturers on the strength on our hardware alone’. Like I said, virtually impossible.

That being said, will there be a new Linux running device announced at Nokia World? Quite possibly. It will be the long rumoured successor to the N810 that runs Maemo and has the capability of making calls. The N900 perhaps.

[Update – As expected, Nokia has officially gone on record to deny this.]

If you really want to dig into it, here’s the rumour courtesy Mobile Crunch:

Hardware Specs:

  • GPS, along with an accelerometer.
  • Dimensions: 59.7mm x 111mm x 18.2mm
  • Weight: 180g
  • 3.5″ 800×480 (WVGA) touchscreen
  • OMAP3430 500/600 Mhz processor (Fun Trivia: Same CPU as the Palm Pre)
  • Bands: GSM Quad-Band 850, 900, 1800, 1900. WCDMA 900, 1700/2100, 2100
  • 5 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera with dual-LED flash, autofocus, and sliding cover
  • Though the renders we’ve seen show two lens-like circles near the screen, we’ve got no word on what’s behind them. However, we feel safe in assuming that its a proximity sensor and a front-facing camera.
  • 1GB total virtual runtime memory (256MB physical RAM, 768MB virtual memory)
  • Wi-Fi, HSPA
  • 32GB internal storage, expandable up to 48GB via external memory
  • Keyboard variants: English, Scandinavian, French, German, South European, Italian, Russia
  • In the box: Connectivity cable, headset, charger, battery (1320 mAh), Video-out cable, microUSB adaptor, cleaning cloth

Some of the mentioned software features:

  • In all of the renders we’ve seen, it appears to be running Maemo 5.
  • Multitasking: “Run all of your favorite applications simultaneously”
  • Live Dashboard allows all open tasks and unread messages to be displayed in one view
  • Browser: Firefox 3 with support for Flash 9.4
  • Built-in automatic update software
  • Contacts has some sort of status sharing built in, allowing you to share your status, location, and mood. Support for Contacts on Ovi and Google Talk.
  • All SMS and IMs accessible from one view
  • Cellular voice or VOIP both supported
  • Captures video at 800×480 in AVC/H.264
  • Image tagging and geo-tagging support
  • Nokia intends to have at least a dozen add-on apps available at launch, including a game called “Bounce”, a Jaiku/Twitter app called “Mauku”, and a few widgets.