In case you are not an active reader of talk.maemo.org I have something very interesting for you.
You already read the title of this post (or you probably wouldn’t have read the post) so you probably… maaaybe are already going to know what I’m writing about.
THIS – will hopefully grow into a full blown navigation solution. They are working on POI showing/hiding (including different categories), voice navigation with nokia provided speech files and automatic language detection – as well as reading out street names using espeak or other solutions. And what is also on their TODO is offline routing support =)
Sounds great doesn’t it? 🙂 The project is still pretty early – and I don’t think it will help OVI maps get faster on N900 but it for sure will help boost its features =) For those not knowing: OVI Maps is based on HTML/JS! So they are just editing one single index.html which originally was about 800KB and is now already up at 1.2MB.
Tracking the GPS position and automatically following the map already works but I couldn’t get speech to work. Also it has problems with loosing GPS connectivity (e.g. in tunnels) or if you choose another route (no automatic route recalculation yet).
Still it is REALLY great someone is working on this 🙂 On the other hand it is really sad that some volunteers who are not even programmers succeed at something Nokia failed to do for quite some time…. I hate business…
To end this post with something nice… here a screenshot 🙂 (yeah I know those were rare lately on my blog)…
Yeah I know this isn’t a picture of my (at least I didn’t know I live in taiwan…) – but taking a picture while driving may not be the brightest idea… 😉
A new ui based on the MTF developed by Nokia/Intel for Meego. Atm I’m trying to setup a devel environment but it is not as easy as I had hoped – I’m trying the qemugl approach from the wiki – but the image won’t boot using kvm (just stops at loading the kernel) and without it starts X and then stops (no handset UX shows up). How to get network up and running can be found here.
After packaging libmeegotouch and meegotouchtheme for ArchLinux I can now sort of execute/link/use meego applications although there is some really weird gconf stuff going on and I’m not sure if my system is correctly set up now. Maybe I’ve got to set up a Fedora VM or something similar. Or just wait for PR 1.3 of Maemo to easily dualboot Meego natively on my N900 to execute directly on my N900.
Basically everything here are placeholders – as I just recently found out that meego applications run at all (before I had a white square and nothing else appearing).
3.) QML Ui (QDeclarativeView based)
QML or “Qt Quick” how the cool guys at Nokia are calling it seems to be the future Nokia envisions for app development. Combined with their ongoing lab project QSceneGraph which should bring enormous performance gains as all painting will shift from QPainter to OpenGL/on GPU based painting, this may really be the future – at least in the long run. I must admit that the whole affair is really new stuff to me so I’m having a pretty hard time figuring out how to transform a traditional ui into a QML based version.
I’m currently trying basic things like navigating between a basic menu to another page showing an about dialog – and I want to make that happen using a nice transition – and not showing/hiding elements but instead loading them as I need them (to save ressources). Sadly I wasn’t able to find any QML application out there using such an approach… I’m looking for the pages concept of MTF I think…
Anyway… here’s my first try…
So what works? The quit button – and About switches to another page – but atm without a nice sliding transition effect and using show/hide of the different rectangles… not nice imho.
4.) Qt Components (QML based)
The last frontend Dinjam may provide in the future is the Qt Components based one – although atm there isn’t much progress as Qt Components itself are not really anywhere atm. Afaik there exists some sort of a Meego “style” atm and an incomplete MX “style”, with a plasma (KDE) “style” in the working (see this post on plasma-devel mailing list) but there is not really anything useable atm I could plug into. At least to my knowledge.
So no screenshot for that one 😦
So what is still left to do? A LOT! It starts out with library recompiles as soon as I switch platform (3 object files want to relink again), cmake fixes to incorporate the possibility to build not only one but many/all platforms at once. And of course: finish those uis.
I think the best step would be to first get the desktop ui working again and then slowly start creating the others. It remains to be seen how to integrate a QGraphicsScene/View with MTF/QML. Interesting times ahead… that’s for sure.
Stay tuned for more updates. I hope I won’t disappoint you
To end this post: Orbit/Directui anyone? 😛 anyone strange enough to create a KDE ui? 😛
When the decision to buy a new phone has been made the first question many of us are asking themselves is: what do I want (at least I hope many do ^^)
The choices are wide-spread, hard to overlook but still there are some aspects which should be taken into consideration. Of course the following ultra-short reviews are just MY opinion and are by far not complete – mentioning all aspects would be just impossible…
Nokias and Intels new platform merges the hardly spread Maemo platform (used on earlier Nokia tablets and the N900 supercomputer.. eh mobile phone) and the Intel Moblin distro for Netbooks. It’s base is fully open source, everything is build upstream – as far as possible, communication happens in the open (mailinglists, …) and it is still under very active development. but it is not ready yet.. Nokias next high end phone will be powered by the meego touch libs and therefore be a Meego SOMEHOW but not really… its base platform will still be a modified Fremantle – called Harmatan… so you aren’t getting a true Meego phone with the next released Nokia phone..
I also doubt that the first generation of Meego will be able to incorporate all the features Maemo currently has AND provide even more to keep up with the competition. Well if it has Ovi maps it’s mine 😛 Really missing a fully featured ovi maps on my N900 running Maemo so I hope that once we are able to run a fully working Meego on N900 that it will not only be the free parts but also those with Nokias proprietary extras (maps, …)
At the moment everything we can do is waiting for an awesome platform with a bright future imho with my favourite platform underlying.. Qt ❤
The widest spread operating system for phones to date… currently it rapidly loosed market shares because there were some design desicions taken which were not the best – or Nokia just took too long to come up to par with the competition or succeed them – even if it has some strong points where all the others can’t compete (synchronisation, business features, …).
But I think that the future will show us that Symbian has also a bright future as with Symbian ^4 it will receive a completely reworked/redesigned UI and with the power and uncountable hours of work which have gone into the underlying libraries I think that could very well be a very big step into the right direction. And again: we are getting a Qt UI 🙂 although it’s not libmeegotouch but another one: Orbit – sadly they are not compatible…
With Symbian ^3 Nokia already made big step into the right direction (Nokia N8) and I think that will continue with Symbian ^4. We’ve gotta wait 🙂
One important point also worth mentioning and really needed for Symbian and Meego to succeed is the AppStore… Ovi Store to be precise. This needs to be vastly improved imho…
Frankenstein.. ehm… well.. at least it looks like that to me from a technical POV 😀 java based all over, a modified Linux kernel, a pretty closed stack… the opposite to Meego… but apparently it is well received by non-geeks 😛 its market shares are RAPIDLY increasing taking away Apple its market share… so far so good 😀
well.. if it works.. why not… it will never be my favourite platform in terms of programming or openness… but well.. it’s a phone… it needs to work… and look cool ^^ and obviously it fulfills those points… and its appstore is pretty good filled so yeah – if you like it – just use it 🙂
one thing really missing with Android is a synchronisation suite afaik (never had an Android phone myself) – HTC has got one (I think) – but there’s no common solution…
life is over… not supported anymore… get yourself another solution (nitdroid anyone?) … or just be happy with it 🙂 I’m running Maemo PR 1.2 on my N900 and I’m pretty happy with it 🙂
maybe someday I will upgrade to Meego (unsupported tough) when it’s stable enough or will go to nitdroid – if it fulfills my needs… who knows… at least I know that I’ve got the power at my hand with my N900 🙂
Everyone knows that strange company producing fruits… apples to be precisely… I don’t like their product policy to be honest… but they are well thought out, play nice together, are closed from the top to the bottom, only work with their own brothers and sisters and are white… or grey.. or black… with an apple on it…
Those who like it should use it… it’s just not what I need/want
So what do you think about phone operating systems? Let me know in the comments 🙂