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Welcome To TheHandheldBlog.com

For over three years now I have been running a website called The Symbian Blog, a website that you have helped grow from strength to strength. What started as a hobby under the vaibhavsharma.wordpress.com domain, moved to thesymbianblog.com when things got a little serious. Then I decided I needed my own hosting and off it went from the wordpress.com servers and things merely went on.

Welcome To TheHandheldBlog.com

Two years later Nokia introduced the N900 and I decided I needed to cover it, I simply liked it too much to ignore it. But since this was the ‘Symbian’ blog, how could I? Our tagline has always been ‘All things Symbian and then some more’ but I felt it wasn’t enough. Therefore, MaemoCentral.com happened and boy was I surprised by the warm welcome it received. But Nokia meanwhile had other plans, plans of wrapping up Maemo and getting started with MeeGo. Since the N900 was going to be the last Maemo device, I had to adapt and move MaemoCentral.com to TheMeeGoBlog.com, I tried to do this seamlessly and thankfully it worked.

Back to the present, I had two websites to manage and update and I was simply not finding enough time, both The Symbian Blog and The MeeGo Blog were doing great and both demanded my attention. Early last month I felt I needed to merge them together as it would not only make my life much easier, but you the dear reader would get a one stop shop for all your mobile needs. I asked you on Twitter, and all of you wanted to see this happen, bar none.

Yet, I was finding it hard to giveup a brand that I have worked on for so many years, a brand that has virtually given me a new identity. It was a hard choice but I felt it was for the greater good. Finally today on the fourth of August, I gave in.

Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to The Handheld Blog, it REALLY is a pleasure seeing you here.

I did not shut down The Symbian Blog or The MeeGo Blog, they’ve simply evolved. I still firmly believe in Symbian and from what little we’ve seen of MeeGo, it sure has the potential to do wonders for Nokia. Speaking of Nokia, I do believe the company’s on a comeback trail and come Nokia World more of you would join me in that belief. I can’t wait for that to happen.

But hey, now that we have a generic name, I’m sure you would like to read about Android as well, I’ve just started to experience it myself and you can rest assured that I will be taking you along for the ride.

On the technical aspects of the move, I hope that everything will continue to work flawlessly. You should be automatically redirected from both websites to the relevant posts you were looking for, all the content is already here along with your precious comments. I will be renaming our @TheSymbianBlog twitter account to @TheHandheldBlog while @TheMeeGoBlog will become @v4ibhav, where you can get in touch with me.

If you already haven’t, you can go ahead and subscribe to ‘The Handheld Blog’ right here and also follow us on twitter @TheHandheldBlog. If you would like to follow me, @v4ibhav is the handle.

Thank you for your time, I look forward to hear your thoughts on the move or any feedback that you might have. Do you like the new domain name?

Yours Truly,
Vaibhav Sharma

PS: Everything is just as it was, we just have a new name that’s all! 🙂

Huge: Nokia's Maemo & Intel's Moblin Combine To Become Meego

In what is huge news coming out of the MWC, Nokia and Intel have come together to create Meego, a mashup of Nokia’s Maemo and Intel’s Moblin. You grab the press release here, but to give you a better idea of the direction Nokia is going to, read the following extract from Ari Jaaksi’s post.

MeeGo is an open software platform – an operating system – for a wide range of devices. It’ll run on X86 and on Arm based hardware. It will be developed as an open project hosted by the Linux Foundation.

Joint development

We will merge Maemo and Moblin projects. Their architecture is already very similar. They share many components but sometimes use different versions. But they build and integrate releases independently. And while Maemo is for ARM, Moblin is for X86. Now we merge them to get the best of both. A good Moblin build and integration, Maemo’s mobile optimizations and ARM support, Qt etc. We can also now make the bright engineers of Intel and Nokia to work close together.

And even more. I invite all active Moblin and Maemo community members to now join the MeeGo project. It’ll give you all a much bigger pond to swim in. And it’ll get your work into much wider use than either of these projects separately.


MeeGo is free. Code will be available for everybody under proper open source licenses. No strings attached other than making your contributions also free. The development and integration will be open, too. Everybody can invest in MeeGo and participate. It is a genuine open source project. Free for everybody to participate, contribute, and enjoy. Free. No papers to sign. Just show up!


MeeGo offers the broadest possible compatibility for application developers. It uses Qt as the framework and toolset for application developers. It means very good tools and possibility to run your apps in a wide range of devices. Code once – deploy everywhere.

MeeGo also means compatibility and full compliance with leading open source projects. We will not fork projects if we can possibly avoid it. We will work with leading open source projects using the open source best practices.

A perfect target

MeeGo will aim high. Nokia and Intel are the biggest investors in mobile Linux based technologies and now – together—even more significant. We will put all our force behind making MeeGo THE operating system.

So, for chip-set companies, hardware vendors, software companies, application developers, device manufactures, operators … this is the place to go. Make you stuff work under, inside, or on top of MeeGo and you get your stuff deployed all over the place. Nokia will ship tons of MeeGo devices, Intel, too. And others will use MeeGo in their devices. It is open, free, powerful and compatible.


So what’s with Maemo6? Maemo6 will be MeeGo compatible…..consider Maemo6 already a MeeGo instance.