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PR 1.2 Harmattan Update Now Available For The N950: Tons Of New Features [Changelog]

The PR 1.2 firmware update has just been rolled out to the developer only N950 MeeGo Harmattan device, and it comes to us in the form of  beta version number 3.2012.02-6_PR_RM680. This update is a precursor to the N9 update, and will give you a fair idea of what new features to expect on your N9.

PR 1.2 Harmattan Update Now Available For The N950: Tons Of New Features

Highlights include support for five new languages, face recognition, enhanced copy-paste, software update notifications for applications and games in Nokia Store and folders in the application view. If you own a N950, you can find all the details and download links here.

Here is a slightly more detailed changelog, if you have a time, a complete list of the bugs that have been fixed has also been published.

  • New languages
    • Persian
    • Hebrew
    • Kazakh
    • Thai
    • Vietnamese
  • Software update notifications for content in Nokia Store
  • Face recognition for gallery and face tags for Facebook
  • Support for folders in the application view
  • Mail for Exchange global address book lookup
  • Mail thread support in the Email client
  • Extended copy-paste support
  • Media sharing with DLNA compatible devices
  • Improved browser history view
  • Compass support in Maps
  • QtWebKit update to version 2.2
  • New font taken into use
  • Front camera support
  • Video editing support in the Gallery application
  • MeeGotouch Framework
  • Visual hint for differentiating swipe close gesture from normal swipes
  • Timestamps shown in notifications
  • Notifications sorted by timestamps
  • Improvements in Event Feed area
  • Music controls in Lock screen
  • New feedbacks added to MeeGoTouch theme.
  • Kernel updated to be in sync with the upstream kernel version 2.6.32.48
  • Connectivity
  • Android NDEF Push Protocol disabled
  • NFC polling enabled in lock screen
  • Separate switch for controlling mobile background connections while roaming
  • Camera
  • Self Timer support
  • Composition grid + on/off control
  • Calendar
  • Better handling of To-Do lists, recurring events and timezones
  • Private flag support for events
  • Support for read-only events
  • Ability to forward/reply/reply-all for received events
  • Clock
  • Clock alarm becomes silent by flipping the device face down instead of snoozing
  • Updated time picker
  • Gallery
  • People view added to the grid toolbar
  • Improved multiple selection indication in grid view
  • Music Player
  • Audiobook and podcast support
  • Ability to create playlists
  • Ability to delete music files from music player library views via object menu
  • Possibility to see songs that are on the current play queue

[via: My Nokia Blog]

50 More N950 Developer Kits Available Via The Community Device Program

If you’re a open source developer and looking forward to making apps for the MeeGo Harmattan, and had missed out on the first lot, there’s some good news. The community device program has been extended and they not have 50 more N950 devices to give to developers. There are a few conditions though:

“Candidates must have real open source code published and functional via Qt Creator simulator/emulator, Scratchbox, running in similar platforms e.g. Maemo, Symbian, Linux desktop. It can be unstable and far from complete, but we want to see real work done already as a primary way to filter candidates”.

If you think you meet this criteria, then head over to this page and put your name down. There are already a bunch of people who’ve signed up, so you might want to hurry up.

If selected you could be one of the few people in the world to have one, since it’ll never go on sale. Motivation enough?

With The N9, Nokia Shows The World Its Still Got It

The N9 release is a monumental step for Nokia, it is the culmination of the years Nokia has spent creating a premium high end smartphone that not only excels in hardware, but also shows that when it comes to software, Nokia’s still got it. Feb. 11 changed everything inside of Nokia, yet Nokia’s MeeGo Harmattan project was not killed completely. Perhaps Stephen Elop felt that it would be a good way to demonstrate to the world what Nokia is capable of, or perhaps it was the internal resistance that forced him to release this one last MeeGo Harmattan device, the end result of the sweat and blood of hundreds of Nokians who had devoted themselves to create what in their mind was the pinnacle of modern smartphones.

With The N9, Nokia Shows The World Its Still Got It

What happened inside of Nokia, we’ll never know, but the N9 is now real, being demoed in Singapore as I write this and it looks delicious. A beautiful monoblock design, a 3.9″ AMOLED display with curved gorilla glass, an 8 MP Carl Zeiss auto focus 16:9 camera with f2.2 for great low light photography, Dolby Headphone and Dolby Digital Plus support, NFC, a 1 Ghz processor with 1 GB of RAM, and most importantly runs Nokia’s MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan.

Nokia for long has said that its MeeGo/Harmattan vision was about a new UI, a UI that would make one handed use a breeze and at the same time make getting to our favourites apps faster, and with the all new Swipe UI Nokia is doing just that. The N9 doesn’t have even a single physical button on the homescreen, it is even unlocked by tapping the screen twice. Once unlocked, you have three basic views, the app view, the events view which pulls in things from Facebook etc and the multitasking view where all your recently used apps reside. In order to get to these, all you need to do is flick from one side of the phone to another depending on which view you would like to go to. The UI is best experienced yourself, and I recommend going through this detailed demo that Nokia has primary created for developers, but it also gives you a great look at the device. Then there is Nokia’s brand new swipe.nokia.com that has everything that you’ll need to know about the N9, pictures, demos, features and videos.

Nokia N9-00

You will also be pleased to know that the N9’s super wide 28mm 8MP Carl Zeiss camera is also the fastest smartphone camera there is in the market, and it lets you shoot in true wide screen, not the cropped wide screen modes that all smartphones have these days. Thankfully no EDoF and HD video at 720p with 30 frames a second with continuous auto focus. And if you every drop it, feel safe in knowing that the unibody design is all polycarbonate material solid colour right till the inside, so dropping the device will not chip the paint off it. This material, according to Nokia also means that the N9 will have superior antenna performance over most other competitors’ smartphones.

But lets come back to software, as that’s where Nokia’s been taking a hit recently. You look at one video, and everyone will agree that the UI looks great, but what about core apps and functionality? First, Maps and navigation is a go, then there is the Web Browser that is built using the latest Webkit 2 technology and support for HTML5 which translated to access to rich web applications and fast video playback. Then not only does the N9 support Qt, but a lot of its core apps are written in Qt. But what really wows you is the integration of the third party services like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Vimeo, Skype all of which support a single sign on and work out of the box. For example you can sign in once with Facebook and you will have access to Facebook events and notifications in the N9’s events screen, have integration with your address book in contacts, have Facebook chat and so on.

Infact, Nokia has a special page to show the preloaded apps, which include Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, AP Mobile, AccuWeather, Angry Birds, Skype, Vimeo and so on. There is also support for WIFI Hotspot functionality out of the box, which is great. They have really done a good job in getting the basics covered, all of the above is pretty much everything you use on a daily basis. The real challenge is to get developers to build for the N9, knowing its the last MeeGo product to come out of Nokia. Because there is Qt, some apps that work on the N900 and Symbian^3 should also be easily ported onto the N9, but you will have to reign in the optimism when it comes to quality third party apps that Nokia isn’t involved with. That being said, there is still hope, Nokia is making available N950 devices to developers to get their apps ready for the N9.

Nokia N9 Cyan

At the end of the day there will be people who will buy one right now if Nokia made it available, there would also be people who would have bought it with their eyes closed had Feb 11 not happened, there will also be those who are torn, torn because they would love to have what is one of the finest phones to come out of Nokia, but are worried about future updates and support specially when Nokia itself has clearly said the N9 will be the last of its kind. Finally there will be those to diss the N9 completely, because from their perspective MeeGo/Harmattan is dead. Where you stand depends on what do you want from the device, Nokia has the basics covered with great support for the popular services, knowing Nokia, it’ll also have a great camera and judging by the N900, a great browser. If that satisfies your priorities, then the N9 will be great. The community has made the N900 much better with time, and because the N9 will be as open you can expect all sorts of hacks and apps from the devs. But if you want a phone which will have all the latest apps the day they come out for iOS, then this phone isn’t for you.

For Nokia, the N9 is their statement to the world that look, we can still innovate and create class leading products. We can not only do great hardware, but kick ass when it comes to software too. It is also about pride for a lot of people and for the rest, a look at what could have been.

Nokia, you’ve still got it!

The N950 Now Available For Developers

The Nokia N9 was just announced at Nokia Connection in Singapore, but missing from the action was the leaked N950, which was supposed to be the developer phone. But if you are a developer looking to get your apps ready for the N9, there is hope, the N950 is still very real and will be made available to developers through selected developer programs, such as Nokia Developer LaunchPad.

More information about developing for the N9 can be found here.

[Update]: Another avenue where you can request a unit of the Nokia N950 is via the MeeGo Device Program.

Candidates must be community developers ready to start working on new or existing open source applications, to be published in apps.meego.com and the Nokia Store. Links to your current projects are relevant! Deadline for applications: end of Tuesday, June 28th.

Good luck!

Further reading: With The N9, Nokia Shows The World Its Still Got It.

Nokia Conversations Makes The N9 Tease Official

Nokia Conversations has just published a post titled, ‘Future devices and innovation at Nokia‘. Along side is a picture of curtains, awaiting a grand reveal. The post itself is brilliant, says nothing about a particular device, yet says quite a lot. Its a tease, but one which you will only be able to follow if you are already familiar with the N9/N950 leaked teaser video which has since been taken down (but you can still find screenshots here).

Nokia Conversations Makes The N9 Tease Official

I recommend you read it, but if you’re in a hurry here are the real teasers.

“Just a couple of days ago, a whole fresh crop appeared on a number of websites regarding a new mystery device. But it should be no surprise that new things are in the wings somewhere…”

  • Obvious reference to the device rumored to be the N9/N950.

“… At the moment, of course, our technology is far from natural. There’s nothing natural about icons and drop-down lists and tickboxes. It would probably be better if you could just swipe through your apps, wouldn’t it?”

  • Swipes. That’s what Nokia’s MeeGo UI will play by.

“But the possibilities are endless… and very exciting. We can’t wait to show you more – maybe a sneak peek at “Jessie’s Girl” – in the weeks to come”.

  • ‘Jessie’s Girl’. That was the exact Rick Springfield soundtrack for the teaser that leaked.

So there you have it, the device is coming in the ‘weeks to come’ and it’ll run Nokia’s very own UI based on the idea of swipes. But the ‘weeks to come’ part means that a we are possibly looking at June as the time of announcement, which means we probably won’t be seeing it at the MeeGo Conference starting next week in San Francisco.

Nokia Conversations Makes The N9 Tease Official

[Update] I just saw that Jay at My Nokia Blog too has a similar post up, where they’re speculating about Nokia’s New Sense message. Remember, ‘See, Hear New, Feel New’ from the old Nseries days, all of them were senses.

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