Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jul 2012 22:05 UTC, submitted by Mbg
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Sorry for the delay in writing a story about this, but here we finally are: Nokia's MeeGo (or Maemo or whatever it's called this hour) is getting its successor. Yes, MeeGo, the short-lived but beloved platform running on the unicorn phone, the Nokia N9, will continue onwards in a slightly different form. Its new home? Jolla - a company formed by former Nokia chief operating officer Marc Dillon, who was the principal engineer for MeeGo/Maemo at Nokia since 2006.
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Maemo on the N900
by Morgan on Mon 9th Jul 2012 22:44 UTC
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

I'm currently playing with my brother's Nokia N900, which is a nice device hampered by truly awful software (Maemo 5 is... Frustrating, mildly put)


I'm not sure what exactly you find frustrating or awful about Maemo in particular, but I know my biggest issue with the device was a hardware thing. I don't know what the hell made Nokia think using a resistive touchscreen on such an otherwise advanced device would be a good combination. I honestly think if they had gone with a ten point capacitive screen and the appropriate drivers in Maemo, a lot more people would have loved using it.

I do love MeeGo, and I'm very happy to see those ex-employees continuing the project. I know it's too much to hope for so soon, but a CDMA MeeGo phone would be awesome, and I'd be the first in line!

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RE: Maemo on the N900
by satsujinka on Tue 10th Jul 2012 00:47 in reply to "Maemo on the N900"
satsujinka Member since:
2010-03-11

I personally prefer resistive screens. There's environmental factors (capacitive screens are not fun to deal with in the cold) and there's biological factors (I can't manage to get any precision with capacitive screens 'cause I have fat fingers... my nails work fine, though.)

Other than that, I agree. A new (supported!) MeeGo phone would be a godsend.

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RE[2]: Maemo on the N900
by Radio on Wed 11th Jul 2012 12:43 in reply to "RE: Maemo on the N900"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

I personally prefer resistive screens. There's environmental factors (capacitive screens are not fun to deal with in the cold)

This. And robustness. And the use of a stylus to draw chinese characters.

Don't forget that Nokia was not an american-, not even a european-centered company. They always took a global point of view when designing a device (hence their excellent reception, multi-band radios, and localization).

That was part of the reason they dismissed the iPhone. They couldn't imagine people would accept a phone you cannot use with your gloves on. Or that people would type on a cramped software full keyboard instead of a T9.

Edited 2012-07-11 12:48 UTC

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RE: Maemo on the N900
by spiderman on Thu 12th Jul 2012 06:51 in reply to "Maemo on the N900"
spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

I have a N900 and I think this is the best tablet and phone on the market currently. Actually it's a computer. I find Maemo superior to MeeGo and resistive superior to capacitive. If there was something to improve on the N900, it's not the perfect touchscreen or the perfect software, it is the screen. Blacks are not as black as on the latest phones. The N900 would benefit from Clear Black Display or something similar. Other than that I have yet to find a phone half as useful as the N900.

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