The MIR Translator app, borne out of a school project, turns your N900 into a handy translation tool that covers over 30 international languages. All you do is click a picture of the text, select the phrase you want to translate, select the to and from languages and wait for the app to work its magic. Just the kind of app I needed when I was in Hong Kong, traveling with my N900 and trying to order off a incomprehensible menu.
If the recognition is erroneous, the user is able to correct the recognition via manual segmentation, manual thresholding, and manual candidate selection. If that sounds complicated, the developer has an excellent demo and how-to video.
The app is available from Extras-Devel repositories, if you don’t know what that is, have a look here.
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’.
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.
SMS Spam is a glowing menace, but if you own a N900, you won’t have to live with it anymore. Giovanni Cognome‘s Auto Remove SMS written in Qt and C++ lets you delete text messages based on their text, sender or the received date. The application is a free download and even has a background version that can be scheduled with the Alarmed app to auto remove SMS.
AutoRemoveSMS should be available in the extras-devel repository, if you don’t know what that is, read this. If you want to install it directly, use the links below.
I have received confirmation that the device we have all been waiting for ages in India, is finally making it here. From what I hear, the third week of June is when you should be able to get your hands on it. But that’s not the reason for this post, if you are in India and have been waiting for it, I’ll have some even better news to share in the coming days.
As you may have noticed, I have been using the work ‘it’ to describe the device, its for a reason and unfortunately I cannot tell you about it now – blame the embargo. In order to give you a little teaser I had decided to do a video which unfortunately sounds more like an advertisement right now, but since I did take the time to edit it, I am publishing it away.
Clinton Jeff has also tried to tell you the same thing as I am, albeit in a different manner. So if what I have said sounds odd to you, clickthrough to see his version.
I was recently interviewed for CellGuru, one of my favoutite tech shows, broadcast on NDTV 24×7, NDTV Profit and NDTV India, all leading news channels in India. The interview was done in both English (for HDTV 24×7 and NDTV Profit) and Hindi (for NDTV India) and was based around the N900, MeeGo and the future of mobile.
I personally have only been able to see the English version myself and a friend of mine was kind enough to capture a clip from the show and send it to me, fittingly it was shot on a N900!
I have to say it was great fun doing it and I look forward to many more of such times. Seen the video? Agree with what I said? Let me know what you think?
In an effort to ease the process of migrating the Maemo.org community over to Meego.com, logging in via OpenID has been introduced. This way you will not need to create a new account on Meego and it would become easy to link your existing Maemo.org account to Meego. If you have already created an account on Meego, even then you can use Maemo.org’s OpenID to link your old account.