Nokia & Intel announce MeeGo Mobile OS


Nokia and Intel have just announced that the Maemo and Moblin OS are now merging and becomming MeeGo. The keynote is still underway so I will post more about that later on. You can now go to www.meego.com to get some more information. Release date is set at Q2 2010. Qt will be used to develop on Meego.

Nokia submits Symbian^4 UI proposal


Nokia posted the Symbian^4 UI proposal today and is actually seeking feedback from the Symbian open community. The document highlights the new UI changes (they look similar to what we saw last month) and even goes on to compare some of its element and features with competing platforms like Android and the iPhone. The other important point is that this new UI framework is build in Qt, replacing the current S60 Avkon UI framework. This is IMO a step in the right direction and shows that Symbian is really “open” unlike Android. you can check the whole document (pdf) here.

Source: Symbian blog

Video of Spotify running on the Nokia N900

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As you probably know there is currently no way of running Spotify on Linux, but it’s looks like some motivated dev decided to overcome this problem and created a QT app which access the open source Spotify client library called “despotify” and ran it on the Nokia N900 (which runs the Maemo 5 lunix-based OS.

For more info check out the dev page here

Source: QTLabs via DailyMobile & HDBlog.it

Nokia releases official Qt port to Maemo 5

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Nokia‘s Qt cross-platform application and UI framework has now been officialy ported to the Maemo 5 OS and a Technology Preview made available for download now yo start developing on the Nokia N900. This new version ensure that applications can be developped for Maemo 5 (and Maemo 6 in the future) Symbian and Windows Mobile and is based on Qt‘s upcoming version 4.6 scheduled for final release in Q1 of 2010. For more information head over the Qt site here.

Source: Nokia

Nokia to kill S60 UI compatibility with Symbian^4

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TamsS60 got a chance to sit down with Symbian Foundation’s David Wood to talk about the future release of Symbian^4. What came out of this Q&A is that ^4 UI will be Qt (Orbit) based and that will become the preferred programming environment for many parts of S60 app development. The plan is that the current “S60 Avkon” APIs for the UIs of applications will be phased out. Here’s quote from the article:

Will the Symbian UI be changed significantly in the future? Will this endanger binary compatibility?
There will be significant changes – both incremental and (in the case of the transition to Symbian^4) revolutionary. There will be a large break in binary compatibility with Symbian^4 (emphasis by editor). Such a step is not taken lightly, but it seems to be the emerging view of the Symbian community that the large benefits of this break will outweigh the undeniable drawbacks.

D.Wood added that S60 devs shouldn’t worry for the near future as S60 will continue: there are huge amounts of non-UI APIs, which will be available to developers from S^4 onwards.

Read here and here