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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 group of scrappy Fins based the Sailfish OS on Meego, as well. Jolla has a carrier, DNA, and it also... 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 MeeGo, the promising mobile OS that Nokia ditched when it went all in on Windows Phone. In fact, there... 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 Black Hat Conference (which, incidentally, is absolutely the worst place on the planet to try and get... 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 pick up where Nokia left off and continue the work on MeeGo. The Jolla team is actually comprised of... 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 mobile devices. Setting aside for a moment the irony that Nokia kicked MeeGo to the curb and is... 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 a wonderful how-to guide online to show you each and every step. Give the Via link a look if you're... 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 a glossy finish, so it looks slightly different from its matte sisters in black, magenta and cyan.... 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 and foremost open source, and based on Linux. So it begs the question: why not just evolve MeeGo?... 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 and in-vehicle infotainment systems," the interesting part is in the underpinnings. Over on the... 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 different purposes, but the future isn’t clear. But that’s the future; now is the present,... 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, TVs, and media phones, so development may well continue for those areas. The result of a marriage of... 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 praised MeeGo and the N9 in general, leading many to wonder why on Earth Nokia would do away with MeeGo... 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 just beautiful from top to bottom. But it's already a lame duck. Nokia's not going to be supporting... 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 release date of year-end 2011. The UI is fairly pleasing to the eye, and is said to be highly customizable.... Read more...
Heads-up, MeeGo fanatics! While the OS obviously has less support from major companies now than ever before, there's still a large amount of fans out there, and developers as well. The Meego Conference kicks off in San Francisco this week, and there's a new MeeGo release to go along with it. MeeGo 1.2 has just been revealed, with the new release providing a baseline for device vendors and developers to start creating software for various device categories on Intel Atom and ARMv7 architectures. The highlights are all below, and while we're thrilled with a new build, it's never too early to start looking ahead. MeeGo 1.3 is slated for release in October, so get to crackin'! The MeeGo 1.2 Core OS... Read more...
MeeGo started out with such promise. It was a combined effort between Nokia and Intel, and it looked like it would soon become the go-to operating system for tablets and MIDs in the years ahead. But then, something happened. Something called iOS and Android, two operating systems that found their way onto tablets and have since dominated the market, leaving no room for the likes of MeeGo and Windows 7. Not to mention, Nokia since ditched their efforts in MeeGo and Symbian in order to focus on a Windows Phone 7-based future. But there still seems to be a bit of life remaining in MeeGo. Despite the fact that the bulk of the support is gone, it was a clever OS with a nice UI and a lot of good thoughts... Read more...
Intel is on record as talking about MIDs, netbooks, and the device ecosystem it envisioned in between long before much of the current tablet craze, but the company has been oddly quiescent in recent months. Talk of dual-core ARM-based products, from Tegra to the iPad 2, has dominated the industry, with scarcely a peep from Intel. As of now, that's changed. Intel has unveiled its first Atom explicitly aimed at the tablet market. It's the Atom Z670, and it's Intel's chosen SoC for reclaiming lost mindshare that's been snapped up by other solutions. That's netbooks on the left, tablets on the right Intel continues to foresee strong growth in tablets with moderate continued gain for netbooks. Note... Read more...
MeeGo isn't dead yet, but it's barely breathing. Into this life-supported world, Fujitsu birthed its first MeeGo netbook ... and the world yawned. The world also hardly took notice of the MeeGo tablet that Intel is demonstrating at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Not that the new Fujitsu netbook deserved much fanfair. Fujitsu merely took its middle-of-the pack Windows 7 Lifebook MH330 netbook and added the option to run MeeGo on it. The MH330, be it a MeeGo or a Windows 7 version, uses a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455 with 1GB of RAM, includes a 250GB hard drive and a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 LED-backlit screen. It has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a 5-in-1 card slot, Webcam ... like we said, yawn. The company... Read more...
MeeGo tablets could reportedly be on the market as soon as the second-quarter of 2011. Intel is said to be shipping reference tablets to developers and the target date for final hardware is June. Note that Taiwan's giant electronics trade show, Computex, is May 31-June 4. Putting it all together, an educated guess would have this first crop of MeeGo tablets coming from the likes of Asus, Acer and other Taiwanese makers. But European makers would almost certainly also be in the crowd, too, given that MeeGo is a joint effort between Intel and Nokia. The first MeeGo tablet has already been around for about a year. Intel was demoing it at CES, the WeTab, currently made, and only available, in Europe.... Read more...
Microsoft's demonstration of Windows 8 running on ARM processors may have been one of the major events of CES, but the OS's 2012/2013 release date has been criticized as a day late and a dollar short. One of the tidbits that slipped out of CES is that IT analysts aren't the only ones frustrated with Redmond's timetable. Intel Senior VP and general manager of the sales and marketing group, Tom Kilroy, revealed at CES for a long time. Us, and others like Dell...We’re very bullish on the tablets segment. It’s very good for the industry as a whole." It was Microsoft, ironically, that put a major push behind tablets back in 2001, but the resultant market flop and the need to focus on other... Read more...
There's no question that tablet PCs are the hottest consumer electronics device of 2010. No one single product category has seen more growth and hype surround it this year, and it really all started with Apple's launch of the iPad. But since then, companies have come out of the woodwork in order to get a piece of the pie. Only time will tell if tablets have staying power or if they're just a novelty, but we're a little surprised to already see at least one tablet coming to market with a very niche, specific purpose. Indamixx is a small hardware/software company that tends to focus their products on the music industry. This new tablet, the Indamixx 2, is a gorgeous looking piece of hardware, but... Read more...
MeeGo 1.1 was released on Monday. This is the official call to device makers and developers to build us a new class of Linux-based Intel Atom and ARMv7 devices. Version 1.1 includes a user interface for smartphones and for netbooks but not for tablets. This didn't stop yet another round of rumors over a Nokia MeeGo tablet. The release of MeeGo 1.1 is nicely timed two weeks before the MeeGo Conference in Dublin, November 15-17. Version 1.1 includes a core operating system, the Netbook UX and an In-Vehcile Infotainment UX -- important because in July, The Linux Foundation announced that when MeeGo arrives, it would be used by the GENIVI Alliance as the "basis of its next reference release for In-Vehicle... Read more...
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