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The launch of the Jolla smartphone, the brainchild of former Nokia employees who wanted to see the Meego OS live on even after Nokia went all-in with Windows Phone, is nigh. The phone launches today in Helsinki, and although the initial launch is limited to the first 450 people who pre-ordered, it’s still a noteworthy event. This fate of the OS formerly known as Meego was in jeopardy when Nokia launched and then immediately discontinued the N9, which was the only phone to run the OS. Then, Intel and Samsung got together and created a new OS based on Meego called Tizen. In the meantime, a... Read more...
Get ready to make room for one more mobile OS; Finland’s Jolla announced that it will unveil its Sailfish OS on November 21-22 at the Slush conference in Helsinki. Don’t expect much in the way of hardware, mind you, but the company will show off the UI and talk shop about the SDK and application ecosystem. The company is indeed making hardware, too, and more information on that will be available later this year, along with important details such as a launch date; it looks for now that spring 2013 is the target date. So where did this Sailfish OS come from? It’s based in part on... Read more...
Back when Near Field Communication (NFC) technology was just becoming known, there were some who worried that it would create yet another potential attack vector for mobile devices by dint of being a wireless technology over which users would be transmitting sensitive payment or personal data. The general consensus seemed to be, however, that unlike WiFi and Bluetooth, NFC would beam data at such a close range--just an inch or so--that even it was hackable, it would be too difficult for a criminal to intercept the signal. Thanks to hacker Charlie Miller, that’s all out the window. At the... Read more...
Remember MeeGo? It was all set to be Nokia's next major smartphone push, and it was in the N9, but it was short-lived due to Windows Phone swooping in, stealing all of the glory, and effectively dashing MeeGo's hope of a real future. After all -- Nokia doesn't have the time, interest or resources to focus on two platforms. It's Windows Phone or nothing at this point, but what about those loyal N9 owners, and moreover, those who genuinely like what MeeGo has to offer? Well, there's hope, and hope goes by "Jolla" in this particular case. The Finnish smartphone "product company" is setting out to... Read more...
Hey, remember MeeGo, that mobile OS that everybody loved but Nokia effectively killed off when it went all in with the Windows Phone platform? The mobile OS that got splintered into Tizen, which is now a pet project of Intel and Samsung? Well, it looks like it’s back, apparently. According to a report from NetbookNews, Nokia is planning two new MeeGo-based phones, which would increase the number of devices running the OS from one to three. The force behind these phones is apparently Nokia’s Next Billion project, which is dedicated to bringing the Internet to emerging markets via low-cost... Read more...
Did you know that it's now possible to run Android 4.0 on your Nokia N9? It's true. While the N9 and the Lumia 800 use the same amazing Nokia hardware, neither of those runs Android. Nokia made a decision long ago to use MeeGo on their last great in-house smartphone (the N9), while shifting to Windows Phone shortly after on the Lumia 800. But what if you want Nokia hardware with Google software? Tough luck, right? Wrong. There's now a way to dual-boot your N9, with Android 4.0 being the secondary operating system. The procedure is complex, yes, but not impossible. And thankfully for you, there's... Read more...
The Windows Phone era may be in full swing over in the Nokia camp, but the N9 is what's today, and what's now. Even though MeeGo is a mobile OS with no real future, Nokia still has to support it. And that's why the N9, the company's current high-end flagship phone, is getting a new color and a software update, to boot. The new white N9 is stunning. It's clean and classy, and looks beautiful from every angle. It's a bit depressing that Nokia's pushing this on the backburner in favor of their Windows Phone offerings, but hopefully we'll see a Lumia 800 ship in white as well. The white Nokia N9 sports... Read more...
Nokia's ill-fated N9 launched today and may have already made history as the first phone to debut on the same day as its OS is canceled. The N9 will go down as the only MeeGo phone ever created and is the last major Nokia launch before the company transitions to an all windows Phone 7 lineup. It's hard to imagine the N9 will ever go anywhere given that both Nokia and Intel have abandoned its operating system. As for MeeGo, Intel announced today that it would partner up with Samsung and launch a new project:  Tizen. Imad Sousou discussed the move at Intel's MeeGo blog.This new project is first... Read more...
MeeGo's last hurrah might just be Nokia's N9. With support falling by the wayside every which way you look, folks have been wondering what would ever happen to an OS that had so much promise just a few years ago. Now, we might know. The lede was clearly buried in a press release from LiMo Foundation and the Linux Foundation, which announced a new open source software platform by the name of Tizen. But here's the kicker. While the OS is described as " a standards-based, cross-architecture software platform, which supports multiple device categories including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, netbooks... Read more...
If you’ve been eagerly awaiting a Nokia N9 running Meego, today’s news that the phone is now shipping offers a mixed bag. On the one hand, the phone will be available in many areas. On the other hand, once the N9 outlives its usefulness (which will no doubt happen quickly in the fickle and rapidly-changing mobile market), Meego fans will probably be out of luck. Nokia is ditching Meego and Symbian in favor of Windows Phone 7, so the N9 is the first and last handset the company will produce that runs Meego. Its possible that Meego will live on elsewhere on different hardware and/or for... Read more...
Rumors have surfaced that Intel is bailing on MeeGo, the nifty open source mobile OS the company developed with Nokia. Digitimes first let fly that Intel was discontinuing MeeGo development. At this point it’s just a rumor, and Intel hasn’t made any announcements pertaining to it, although the Digitimes post stated that Intel “remains committed to MeeGo and will continue to work with the community to develop and help meet the needs of customers and end users with open source”, although that may not be in netbooks and smartphones. The OS is also intended for use in cars,... Read more...
Nokia's in a weird place. As if they weren't already in a weird place. They decided long ago to side with Microsoft and use Windows Phone 7 as their smartphone OS, shuffling MeeGo under the mattress in order to do so. But the N9 was already in the development pipeline. And the N9 ran on MeeGo. So, Nokia decided to go ahead and launch the N9 with MeeGo, hopefully selling a few while tiding over Nokia fans until 'Sea Ray' phones could launch with WP7 later this year. But we're guessing Stephen Elop, Nokia's CEO, never saw this kind of reaction coming. By and large, analysts and media members have... Read more...
Is it a shame that Nokia dumped MeeGo for Windows Phone 7? Only time will tell if the most significant mobile decision in this decade will pay off for both Nokia and Microsoft, but today we're getting a good look at what Nokia gave up in order to get it: MeeGo. This Linux-based OS was first crafted as a mix-up between Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo, and now it's totally under Nokia's roof. But not for long. It's a bit weird, this phone. The N9 is undoubtedly gorgeous. It has a 3.9" AMOLED panel, no front buttons, and ships in three color choices. And MeeGo 1.2, the operating system onboard, looks... Read more...
It's unlikely that MeeGo has an incredibly bright future. Nokia's own CEO doesn't seem to hip on keeping it around as a long-term solution, and with Windows Phone 7 taking their full attention now, it's not surprising that MeeGo would be taking a back seat. But that's not stopping some companies from serving up MeeGo products that may have very well already been in the works. At the Computex trade show this year, Acer is showcasing a new prototype of a tablet that runs MeeGo, powered by an Intel CPU. It's the first Acer tablet to run on the new OS, using a 10.1" display and having an estimated... Read more...
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