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A Developer Edition Of MeeGo Is Coming To The Nokia N900

Its been possible to run MeeGo on the Nokia N900 for sometime now, but the use case has been limited to a proof of concept instead of giving the users a workable solution that will let them use the N900 as a primary phone, while it is running MeeGo. But fortunately, a developer edition of MeeGo has just been announced for the N900 with the aim of making the N900 ‘usable as a primary phone device for a developer/hacker person’.

A Developer's Edition Of MeeGo Is Coming To The N900

The developer edition will be based on MeeGo 1.2 trunk content and the focus will be one meeting  non-functional targets such as performance rather than checking boxes for the number of features. The idea behind the move is to encourage more people to use MeeGo on N900, and continue enhancing the functionality or build new stuff.

The core team is being formed in and around Nokia, including current members of N900 HW adaptation team.

If you want more information or want to help, head over to this wiki on MeeGo.com.

[via: @jukkaeklund]

Microsoft & Nokia Tie Up, Nokia Still Plans To Sell 150 Million Symbian Devices, MeeGo Barely Hanging In There

Nokia and Microsoft have just announced their partnership, Nokia will be using WP7 as its primary smartphone strategy. What happens to Symbian? Nokia says they plan to ship a 150 million more Symbian devices. What happens to MeeGo? It looks like its on the back burner now, barely hanging in there. ‘MeeGo will place increased emphasis on longer-term market exploration of next-generation devices, platforms and user experiences. Nokia still plans to ship a MeeGo-related product later this year‘.

Qt will continue to be the development framework for Symbian and Nokia will use Symbian for further devices; continuing to develop strategic applications in Qt for Symbian platform and encouraging application developers to do the same. With 200 million users worldwide and Nokia planning to sell around 150 million more Symbian devices, Symbian still offers unparalleled geographical scale for developers.

Extending the scope of Qt further will be our first MeeGo-related open source device, which we plan to ship later this year. Though our plans for MeeGo have been adapted in light of our planned partnership with Microsoft, that device will be compatible with applications developed within the Qt framework and so give Qt developers a further device to target. If you are a developer read this, open letter.

Nokia also has a new leadership team, Stephen Elop, Esko Aho, Juha Akras, Jerri DeVard, Colin Giles, Rich Green, Jo Harlow, Timo Ihamuotila, Mary McDowell, Kai Oistamo, Tero Ojanpera, Louise Pentland and Niklas Savander.

They also have a new company structure:

As of April 1, Nokia will have a new company structure, which features two distinct business units: Smart Devices and Mobile Phones. They will focus on Nokia’s key business areas: high-end smartphones and mass-market mobile phones.  Each unit will have profit-and-loss responsibility and end-to-end accountability for the full consumer experience, including product development, product management and product marketing.

Smart Devices will be responsible for building Nokia’s leadership in smartphones and will be led by Jo Harlow. The following sub-units now in Mobile Solutions will move under Smart Devices:
– Symbian Smartphones
– MeeGo Computers
– Strategic Business Operations

To support the planned new partnership with Microsoft, Smart Devices will be responsible for creating a winning Windows Phone portfolio.

The key message Nokia and Microsoft are sending out is that Nokia will not be just another OEM, but will infact drive Windows Phone 7 and define it. You can find the joint announcement on Nokia’s official blog. The key points they highlighted are below.

Nokia would adopt Windows Phone as its principal smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader.

Nokia would help drive the future of Windows Phone.  Nokia would contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies.

– Nokia and Microsoft would closely collaborate on joint marketing initiatives and a shared development roadmap to align on the future evolution of mobile products.

Bing would power Nokia’s search services across Nokia devices and services, giving customers access to Bing’s next generation search capabilities.  Microsoft adCenter would provide search advertising services on Nokia’s line of devices and services.

Nokia Maps would be a core part of Microsoft’s mapping services. For example, Maps would be integrated with Microsoft’s Bing search engine and adCenter advertising platform to form a unique local search and advertising experience

– Nokia’s extensive operator billing agreements would make it easier for consumers to purchase Nokia Windows Phone services in countries where credit-card use is low.

– Microsoft development tools would be used to create applications to run on Nokia Windows Phones, allowing developers to easily leverage the ecosystem’s global reach.

Nokia’s content and application store would be integrated with Microsoft Marketplace for a more compelling consumer experience.

Expect more thoughts on this move in some time, once things settle down a bit.

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.

Registrations For The MeeGo Summit Finland Now Open: April 15-16

The world’s first national MeeGo Summit is taking place in the beautiful city of Tampere on April 15-16 and if this interests you, you will be pleased to know that registrations are now open. The MeeGo Summit FI will be a developer oriented 2-day summit packed with MeeGo and Qt sessions and showcases, along with a coding competition aptly titled Meegathon with hardware prizes from Intel and Nokia. There is also the obligatory after party.

Registrations For The MeeGo Summit Finland Now Open: April 15-16

Valtteri Halla, Director MeeGo, Carsten Munk and Thiago Macieira will be keynoting, you can find the rest of the detailed program here. Other activities include:

  • Core & Future – Apps and possibilities with latest tools
  • Hacks & Tricks – HW inventions, unconventional experiments
  • Biz Buzz – MeeGo ecosystem and open source
  • BoFs & workshops
  • Meegathon competition with awesome prizes. Pre-registration required!
  • Qt certification test center
  • Quadricopter fun
  • Technology demos
  • Finhack 2011
  • Party

You can follow updates on Twitter or Facebook. If you would like to know more about MeeGo Community activities, look this calendar up. Via @mwkn.

MeeGo Conference, Dublin: In Pictures

Today is the ‘unconference’ day of the first ever ‘MeeGo Conference’ and thus much more relaxed. The last two days have had the Aviva Stadium abuzz with packed sessions, lots of energy and a ton of chatter about the future of MeeGo. Add to that that every attendee of the MeeGo Conference is being given away a MeeGo touting Lenovo IdeaPad and you can image what the atmosphere is like.

But instead of trying to convey what is going on in words, here are tons of pictures from day 1, 2 and 3. Time to put the ‘a picture speaks a thousand words’ proverb to the test.

MeeGo Conference, Dublin: In Pictures

Find the entire set on Flickr, or watch the slideshow below.

MeeGo Ads – "Two Leading Innovators, One Amazing Platform"

Thanks to @_Nexus on Twitter, I’ve just come across these short ad films that Intel’s produced to showcase MeeGo. If MeeGo has to succeed in a big way, advertising and brand recognition will have to play a major role and its good to see Intel start now.

The ad film is more developer focused, but I though you might to watch it anyway.