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   Wed, 30.03.11

MeeGo 1.2 Phone UX RC1 (1.1.99) now available
MeeGo 1.2 Handset UX Release Candidate 1 (the actual version number 1.1.99, to be changed to 1.2 in the final version) has just been released. A build with the Handset UX for the N900 can be downloaded from here. Other builds (netbook, tablet, IVI, etc.) are also available here.

See this video showing this new release in action on the N900 and.... just install it!
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 22:52 in category



   Sat, 26.03.11

MeeGo Tablet UX open source and running on the N900
Intel's MeeGo Tablet UX, closed source so far, has just been made open source and runs fine on the N900, proving how powerful the N900 is being able to run tablet UX on a phone... There are still some quirks, but they are being worked on right now.

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 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 17:30 in category



   Tue, 22.03.11

Opera Mobile 11 for Maemo and MeeGo
Opera has released today builds Opera Mobile 11 for Maemo, MeeGo and Windows. The MeeGo and Windows builds come with Opera's new tablet optimized UI.

Tap to zoom has been changed from single-click to double-click. You can now click links without having to zoom in first. So what else is new? A lot:

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 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 18:55 in category



   Mon, 21.03.11

MeeGo tablet solution from Linpus showcased at CeBIT
At CeBIT last week, Linpus showcased its MeeGo based tablet solution, Linpus Lite. Similarly to WeTab, it is based on the MeeGo OS, but with a custom user interface and preinstalled set of applications, including an ereader, browser, media player, photo viewer, virtual keyboard and webcam.

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 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 16:19 in category



   Thu, 10.03.11

MeeGo architecture changes
Arjan van de Ven, MeeGo Chief Architect, has recently announced on the MeeGo Developer Mailing List architecture changes to be made to the platform. These changes include security, the Buteo Sync framework to be replaced by Sync Evolution and Tracker to Evolution Data Server switch for PIM storage (messaging, calendar and contacts).

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 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 22:23 in category



   Wed, 09.03.11

Nokia appoints new head of MeeGo efforts
When Nokia announced its new strategy on February 11th, it also announced that Alberto Torres, the head of Nokia's MeeGo Computers, would leave the company. Sebastian Nyström has now been appointed to head the MeeGo team at Nokia. Sebastian has been leading Qt at Nokia, making the framework available under open source, free-of-charge LGPL license and now he takes responsibility for future MeeGo efforts.

In a note to Nokia employees, Sebastian Nyström defined his role as:
  • Launching a product from MeeGo program later this year. The upcoming device will have unique appeal to the style-conscious, connected enthusiast.

  • Keeping Nokia on track to deliver necessary software updates following launch of the product.

  • Working with the Linux Foundation, Intel and the wider community to plan Nokia's future involvement in Meego.

Peter Schneider, Head of MeeGo Marketing at Nokia, wrote: "I know there was great disappointment in the MeeGo community, at Nokia's decision. Many of us have gone through an emotional journey ourselves. I'm personally happy to see Sebastian helping us to complete the evolution of our previous Maemo and now MeeGo efforts to an exciting product. You will see more of Sebastian in the coming weeks when we are preparing our participation in the MeeGo Conference in San Francisco."
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 21:35 in category



   Mon, 07.03.11

Digia acquires Qt commercial licensing business from Nokia
Digia Plc. has signed an agreement with Nokia to acquire the Qt commercial licensing and services business. Through the proposed acquisition, around 3500 desktop and embedded customer companies from various industries are targeted to be transferred to Digia. The transaction is expected to be closed by the end of March 2011. Nokia will continue to invest in future development of Qt for the benefit of all users, both Commercial and LGPL.

As a result, the commercial licensing and service operations business is to be run by Digia, with existing and new commercial customers, who will benefit from the continuity of development of desktop and embedded Qt functionality and new service models. Building on Digia's leading Qt expertise, this acquisition further accelerates Digia's direction towards international, product based business and significantly widens Digia's Qt customer base. To further strengthen its global presence, Digia will establish subsidiaries in USA and Norway as part of the transaction.

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 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 14:07 in category



   Fri, 04.03.11

MeeGo Developer Edition for the N900
As announced yesterday by Jukka Eklund (Product Manager at Nokia) on MeeGo Development list, the Nokia N900 will get own version of MeeGo - the N900 MeeGo Developer Edition. A dedicated team will be formed for this project, including the current N900 Hardware Adaptation Team. The goal is to deliver a flashable image of the OS that's fully usable as primary smartphone for developers/hackers.

Eklund wrote: "I am thrilled to announce a little thing we started at Nokia. Basically we want to have MeeGo running in N900 device, so that it's really usable as your daily development device. Basic Handset UX should work, phone calls, SMS, web browsing. So we are concentrating on a few selected features and polish those to be "perfect". It might mean that we leave out some things in MeeGo 1.2 trunk for this edition, but that is not the default intention.

We are doing this fully on the open, and I hope this is an interesting project where we all in the community work towards the same goal: have a great MeeGo edition in the N900. This work is naturally based on the great work done already by N900 adaptation team.

The wiki is up here: http://wiki.meego.com/ARM/N900/DeveloperEdition. It will populated with more information as we go, thanks for the patience."


OK, so what does it actually mean? Well, change of plans, the N900 will eventually get kind of OFFICIAL MeeGo port. And that's a good news, at least for N900 owners. Still nothing that could be addressed to mass-market end-users, though.

What's somehow less exciting, however, is that it also probably means that launch of the actual MeeGo device (be it the rumoured N950 or whatever else) is actually... NOWHERE NEAR. If it was, Nokia most probably wouldn't be investing resources and creating a dedicated team to make a MeeGo development device out of the N900.

To recap, N900 users will get a MeeGo upgrade for their aging 1,5 years old hardware, but (at least not in the nearest future) not a new hardware to upgrade to, i.e. what's actually needed the most. And the MeeGo port will most probably be LESS functional than their current Maemo 5. And in such sense, while the efforts to push MeeGo development forward and bring it to kind of "production level" are highly appreciated, this announcement is actually as much disappointing as exciting. I bet that nine out of every ten N900 users would prefer to see an official upgrade to their current Maemo 5 platform in a form of (kind of) "Maemo 6" adding some missing features and improving the overall experience, or even just the same unchanged Maemo 5 on a new, powerful hardware that after 1,5 years is now so badly missing.

But OK, Nokia, most of us have learned that we need to be patient with you. So we warmly welcome and appreciate the MeeGo port for the N900, in hope that this time it's REALLY the promised last step before an actual, real MeeGo phone (kind of) announced for this year, and that it will help bring it to us quicker and make it better. Just please don't disappoint us this time...

Comments ?
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 07:45 in category



   Wed, 02.03.11

MeeGo Software Updates Released
As announced by Dawn Foster, two MeeGo Software updates have just been released, including 3rd update for MeeGo v1.1 Core, Netbook, and In-Vehicle and 7th update for MeeGo v1.0 Core and Netbook.

The 3rd update for the MeeGo v1.1 Core Software Platform, Netbook UX, and In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) UX project release, originally announced on October 28th 2010, includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your devices, as well as:

* Improved the security of the system
* Updated Chromium to version 7.0.542.0
* Updated Google Chrome to version 9.0.597.94
* Resolved several media player issues.

To get a full list of bug fixes, you can visit the 1.1.3 release update pages for core and netbook.

The 7th update for the MeeGo v1.0 Core Software Platform & Netbook User Experience project release, originally announced on May 25th 2010, includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your devices, as well as:

* Improved the security of the system
* Updated Google Chrome to version 9.0.597.94
* Resolved several media player issues.

To get a full list of bug fixes, you can visit the 1.0.7 release update pages for core and netbook.

These updates also include bug fixes in previous update releases. For more information, please visit release updates page.

If you run into any issues or have additional questions about the update, you can post them in the MeeGo Netbook Forum or IVI Forum.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 05:37 in category



   Tue, 01.03.11

Qt SDK 1.1 beta available
Nokia has released today Qt SDK 1.1 beta. With Qt 4.7.2 a lot of improvements and fixes for Qt Quick have been published. Qt Mobility 1.1.1 includes updates for the supported platforms. Qt Creator 2.1 will allow you to create and design your QML applications from within the IDE nicely.

What was missing so far was a nice and convenient way to get the whole package, namely the SDK. Now it's here.

The Qt SDK 1.1 beta is available now. The Qt SDK fills the gap between the Nokia Qt SDK, which provided a development environment for mobile targets, and the Qt Desktop SDKs. This allows you to develop applications for all platforms, which Qt supports. Compared to the Technology Preview a significant amount of updates has been included, namely:

  • Qt 4.7.2 for Symbian ^1 and Symbian ^3

  • Qt 4.7.2 for the Desktop

  • Qt 4.7.2 for the Qt Simulator

  • Qt Mobility 1.1.1 for Symbian^1, Symbian^3 and the Qt Simulator

  • Qt Creator 2.1 final

  • Qt Simulator 1.1 beta

  • Updates to the Symbian Complementary package, providing the toolchain and build tools for the Symbian platforms.

For the Linux and Mac platforms, SIS packages for Symbian have also been added, so that developers using the Remote Compiler can install Qt from their development host of choice as well. A full changelog is located in the installation package.

You can download the packages on the Forum Nokia pages.

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 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 18:24 in category


Qt Mobility 1.1.1 released
Qt Mobility 1.1.1 has been made available today. This is a maintenance release including a lot of bug fixes and improved QML bindings and performance especially for the Symbian platform. The documentation and auto tests have also been enhanced.

Qt Mobility 1.1.1 is also included in the Qt SDK 1.1 Beta release. Packages are available from http://qt.nokia.com/products/qt-addons/mobility.

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 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 18:23 in category


Qt Creator 2.1.0 released
Nokia has just released Qt Creator 2.1.0, as well as the Qt SDK 1.1 beta and Qt 4.7.2.

A number of important fixes has been made since the 2.1.0 Release Candidate, including adaptions of the mobile application project wizards and deployment related files, and updated documentation. Together with the Qt SDK 1.1 beta, Qt Creator 2.1.0 is ready to provide a great experience.

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 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 18:23 in category


Qt 4.7.2 released
Qt 4.7.2 has now been released. This is a maintenance release which contains bug-fixes based on feedback and contributions since the Qt 4.7.1 release back in November. It also marks the official release of Qt Quick.

Qt Quick is a new feature within Qt that makes it easy to create light-weight apps and UIs. It contains the new QML language, the Qt Declarative module, and new tooling in Qt Creator to easily build apps.

Packages are available from the Qt Download page, and for those who prefer to get it directly from the public git repository at http://qt.gitorious.org, there will be a "v4.7.2" tag soon.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 18:23 in category


Qt Quick 1.0 officially launched
Nokia has launched Qt Quick 1.0 today. Qt Quick is a collection of three technologies:

* QtDeclarative - the native library in Qt delivering native integration and the Qt Quick UI runtime
* QML - the Qt MetaObject Language, allowing declaration of User Interfaces and Experiences
* Qt Creator support for QML-based projects and code integration.

For the last year, QML and QtDeclarative has been available to both early adopters as well as mainstream developers through code pushed to gitorious as well as Qt 4.7.0 and 4.7.1 releases. Today the final piece of the puzzle has been launched: Qt Creator with the Qt Quick Designer.

Qt Quick Designer is a WYSIWYG editor for QML UI's, allowing you to visually create and arrange your UI's while staying in perfect sync with your QML code. This does not use a separate generative step like Qt Designer did – but directly manipulates your QML code. You can get Qt Creator along with the Qt Quick Designer and all the other features supporting Qt Quick from the downloads page.

In the near future some additional features for Qt Quick will be made available. This includes use-case specific elements for pinching touch interaction, free form touch interaction, support for Right-To-Left layouting and many other features and suggestions.

The team has also started last fall to build Qt Quick components for MeeGo and Symbian. While work is still continuing at a brisk pace on the MeeGo style, the Symbian style has now been fully transitioned to gitorious.org, allowing anyone to try it out on their Symbian ^3 device. This makes creating new Apps with native look and feel a lot easier and obsoletes the task of each developer having to creating reusable elements such as buttons, ListItems and so forth. Prime your "git clone" and head to http://qt.gitorious.org/qt-components. To provide feedback you can use bugreports, and if you want to discuss you can use the mailing list or IRC.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 18:22 in category


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