During the Nokia ‘N900 Meet Up’ in London, the Maemo Marketing Team appeared to leak news of Nokia’s 2012 roadmap and how it intends to replace Symbian with Maemo on all Nokia N-Series devices. This lead to quite a bit of confusion and until Nokia officially confirmed the reports, I refused to concur. Symbian is the most popular smartphone OS at present and holds 50% of the smartphone market. It would simply make no sense at all for Nokia to replace Symbian on it’s N-Series portfolio. Nokia has officially responded to the speculations as “completely premature.”
“While it is our policy not to disclose details of our product roadmap, we’d like to explicitly communicate that we remain firmly committed to Symbian as our smartphone platform of choice. Any speculation on what our 2012 roadmap, including operating systems and product branding, are completely premature.
As we have stated earlier, Nokia has multiple platforms to serve different purposes and address different markets. Symbian is more successful than ever in bringing smartphones to the masses. Maemo is our software of choice for devices based on technology that you’d typically find inside a desktop computer. It delivers a different user experience and enables us to widen the market we can address.”
Nokia N900 Now Available In The US
Nokia has announced that the highly anticipated Nokia N900 is now on sale in the United States and shipping to consumers who jumped on the opportunity to be among the first to pre-order the Maemo-powered mobile computer. With the Linux-based Maemo platform and with multiple ways to connect to the Internet, the Nokia N900 enables users to be online as it happens with a powerful computer in the palm of their hands. Are you waiting for yours?
“Consumers from every segment of the population are looking for more out of their mobile device – more power, more ability, more connectivity. The Nokia N900 ushers in a new era with a very powerful mobile computer,” said Alessandro Lamanna, Vice President, Retail Sales, Nokia. “With an open source operating system, incorporated technology like an OMAP processor, and real time web widgets, the Nokia N900 delivers the experience of a pocketable computer that has the information you’re looking for right there waiting for you thanks to the ability to be connected just about anywhere.”
With the Linux-based Maemo operating platform, 32GB of storage and multiple options of connectivity including access for 3G data networks, consumers no longer need to leave everything that makes them them – their email, favorite websites, social communities, images, music – anywhere but on their Nokia N900. With the Nokia N900, you don’t have to worry about missing that next great moment.
Additionally, with the ability to multitask several applications or web browsers at once, the Nokia N900 allows for users to eliminate boredom wherever they go. Surfing several web pages while listening to music while talking on instant message with friends – all at the same time – couldn’t be easier.
Maemo software is based on an open source platform and allows for a variety of different applications to be developed – from home brew to commercial and everything in between; such as podcasting, Twitter and instant messaging applications. Consumers and developers can join the conversation with other members and Nokia employees by visiting http://maemo.org.
With a web browser based on Mozilla technology, the Nokia N900 allows consumers to access a world wide web that is more computer-like than before. Consumers can view their favorite websites, use drop down menus, watch Flash videos and access the web on a mobile device screen thanks to support for Adobe Flash 9.4 and gesture support within the Nokia N900 web browser.
The Nokia N900 comes with a 3.5-inch touchscreen, full QWERTY keyboard and enables consumers the ability to personalize up to four different home screens as they wish. One can be work related with a calendar widget and contacts application while another can be favorite bookmarked web pages while yet another can be set to show popularsocial networks.
The Nokia N900 retains Nokia’s legacy of high quality imaging with a five megapixel camera, Carl Zeiss optics and a dual LED flash along the ability to share those images and videos straight from your device to services such as Ovi Share. With Ovi services like Maps and Files, the Nokia N900 allows users access to their Ovi account right from their device.
The Nokia N900 is available in a black finish and will retail for USD 649 through Nokia Flagship stores in New York and Chicago, and nokiausa.com.
Last Chance To Get Your Hands On The Nokia N97 mini
You have one more day left to get you hands on the Nokia N97 mini. If you haven’t entered the contest I suggest you get you camera phones out and get recording. Remember, all you need to do is record a video clip that is a maximum of 1 minute long sharing your views about Nokia/Nokia devices. This could be anything from tips and tricks on your devices, tutorials or walkthroughs on applications, your views on where Nokia should be heading or maybe what Nokia is doing wrong. You can even go down the road of unboxing your devices in the most outrageous manner. Literally anything you have to share will count as a valid entry. There has only been a small number of entries so far, so you all are in with a great chance of winning the contest. Check out the rest of the details here.