Tag Archives: Nokia N900

Auto Remove SMS For The N900 Helps You Bid Adieu To SMS Spam

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.

Auto Remove SMS For The N900 Helps You Bid Adieu To SMS Spam

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.

Download (install): autoremovesms.install (click from the N900’s browser to begin installation)

Download (deb): autoremovesms_0.3.3_i386.deb (The actual app, you can download this on the computer and then install on the N900, but this will you will not be notified on updates)

[via: @alextootchie]

MeeGo 1.1 For The N900 Is Here

The MeeGo 1.1 images for the N900 have just been released into the wild and are now available for download. But before you get too excited, do keep in mind that MeeGo 1.1 not ready to be used as a primetime OS on the N900 and that the images have been released following a release cycle, rather than waiting for everything to mature first.

MeeGo 1.1 For The N900 Is Here

MeeGo 1.1 is a stepping stone to MeeGo 1.2 which will make the user experience to an acceptable level. There is active discussion happening about the present release on the TMO forums, have  a look if you are interested.

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Demo: The N900 Dual Booting Maemo & MeeGo

There is no easy to use noob guide to dual boot between Maemo and MeeGo on the N900 yet, but if you want a sneak peak at the signs of things to come, Carsten Munk (@stskeeps) has put together a brief demo showing the N900 booting between Maemo and MeeGo pretty seamlessly.

Carsten is the official maintainer of the MeeGo Nokia N900 hardware adaptation and goes on to say:

MeeGo 1.1 isn’t out yet, give us a little bit of time. What will happen if things go right:

* Package install from extras-devel that enables the u-boot boot loader.
* Upon startup, if there is a SD card that’s bootable, it will boot the SD card, with MeeGo. Otherwise, it will boot Maemo.

More customized setups are possible for the daring.

MeeGo will not come to the N900 officially i.e. Nokia will not provide it via the Nokia Software Updater or any other sort of download. However, like I have said before, there will be a community based version which you will be able to install by following a brief tutorial. The pieces are almost in place, its only a matter of time.

Note: Carsten (@stskeeps) had originally uploaded the video to blip.tv, YouTube upload via Simon. Follow this TMO thread for the latest.

Flash 10.1 Comes To The N900, Well Sort Of

The Nokia N900 was one of the first devices on while Flash 10.1 was demoed and this got a lot of people very excited. However a few months down the road its already available for a bunch of other devices, but the N900 has been out cold. However, there may be a silver lining after all.

Flash 10.1 Comes To The N900, Well Sort Of

A very interesting page appeared on the Texas Instruments website (the company behind the N900’s Cortex A8 processor) titled ‘Adobe Flash Plug-In – Evaluation and Demo for TI ARM CortexA8 Devices’. That was picked up by cfh11 on the TMO forum, following that Carsten was able to request a copy of the plugin from TI and has been testing it on the N900. As Andrew points out in the comments below, Carsten (Stskeeps) is one of the leading hackers in the Maemo community – and, indeed, sub-contracts to Nokia to work on the MeeGo adaptation for the N900! What were the results?

Flash 10.1 Comes To The N900, Well Sort Of

Flash 10.1 Comes To The N900, Well Sort Of

(As you can see, that’s Flash 10.1 on the N900 after all!)

According to Stskeeps, this was done by moving out the old libflashplayer.so in /usr/lib/browser/plugins and dropping in the new one. But before you get your hopes up, there seems to be no hardware acceleration and more importantly, the plugin isn’t available publicly. If you are interested, you can request a copy from TI here. You can also follow this TMO thread for updates.

Hat tip to @mwkn.

TwimGo Could Be The N900 Twitter App That You Were Waiting For

Twitter on the Nokia N900 has always been a mixed bag. There are a lot of options, the web app Dabr, Witter, TweeGo and so on, but there was always a compromise here and there. The best way to tweet and consume tweets from the N900 in my book has been the web app TweetGo.net.

Enter an all new Qt Web Runtime based Twitter client for the N900 in the form of TwimGo by Tommi Laukkanen. It is adept at all the basic Twitter functionality such as auto-refresh, replies, retweets, favourites, DM’s and does all of this in a pretty eye catching UI. Here are a few screenshots.

TwimGo Could Be The N900 Twitter App That You Were Waiting For
TwimGo Could Be The N900 Twitter App That You Were Waiting For

TwimGo Could Be The N900 Twitter App That You Were Waiting For

TwimGo Could Be The N900 Twitter App That You Were Waiting For

It even packs a portrait mode for on the go app use.

TwimGo Could Be The N900 Twitter App That You Were Waiting For

But since screenshots sometimes don’t tell the complete picture, the developer has kindly put together a short video showing the app off.

Please note that the app is still under developement and has only hit the 3rd Alpha yet. There are a few features such as uploading TwitPics missing, on this Tommi Laukkanen says that he will add the TwitPic, etc. service uploads when Qt Web Runtime documentation gets better. But you can already preview TwitPics and Yfrog uploads from within the app.

All in all its the best combination of a great looking UI and functionality among all the Twitter apps available for the N900. To use TwimGo, you need to have Qt Web Runtime on your N900. Download TwimGo here and visit the TwimGo homepage for more.

N900 Hack: How To Get Faster Scrolling In The Menu Post PR 1.2 Firmware

Post the PR 1.2 firmware for the Nokia N900, the kinetic scrolling inside the menu became painfully slow and coupled with the fact all apps are now displayed on one page, scrolling to the bottom has started taking multiple swipes. If you have a lot of apps installed, then situation is even worse.

But fortunately, as is with most N900 problems, the community in the form of MohammadAG has found a fix and if you are keen on getting the speed back, follow the instructions below.

  • Install ‘wget’ and ‘rootsh’ via the Application Manager.
  • Then open the ‘Terminal’ and run the following commands with the N900 connected to the internet:
root
wget http://mohammadag.xceleo.org/public/maemo/debfiles/hildon-desktop_kinetic_2.2.138-1+0m5_armel.deb
dpkg -i hildon-desktop_kinetic_2.2.138-1+0m5_armel.deb
killall hildon-desktop
  • That’s it.

If for some reason this method doesn’t work for you or there is a problem with the automatic download, grab this file and copy it to the N900’s root directory (/home/user/MyDocs).

  • Then open the ‘Terminal’ and run the following commands:
root
dpkg -i /home/user/MyDocs/hildon-desktop_kinetic_2.2.138-1+0m5_armel.deb
killall hildon-desktop

This method replaces the default ‘hildon-desktop package’ with a modified variant that also has fixes for PR 1.2 bugs like call UI glitches. After installing this, if you were to use an apt-get command to update, the N900 will reinstall the default version. To override this, enter the following commands in the terminal.

echo "Package: hildon-desktop
Pin: release a=unstable
Pin-Priority: 1001" >> /etc/apt/preferences

A huge hat tip to MohammadAG for this very welcome fix, if you want to know more, this is the thread to follow.