Posts Tagged ‘Maemo’

SomePlayer – An AweSome audio player for the N900

If you thought that development on Maemo was slowing down, think again. SomePlayer is a feature packed audio player with a simple yet well-designed UI. Based on Qt, it is fast and offers all the things that were missed in the stock ‘Media Player’ like playlist management, Equalizer, and most of all, full-portrait support.

SomePlayer landed in Extras last week and has already been downloaded a whopping 45000 times. Here are some screenshots:

The software is already available in 5 languages (pl, it, zh_CN, ru, zh_TW); if you can provide help with more, jump in!

The creators seems to be from Russia. Kudos to the team for an aweSome app.

created using MaStory on the N900

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GOM Reminder – a handy organizer for the N900

Checked out this nice app at the Ovi Store. Its a simple and easy to use utility that allows you to set up reminders quickly which trigger the standard system alarm.

Reminders can be from simple ones that trigger after a set time to more sophisticated ones with various options for recurrences like ‘Forever’, ‘Until’ and ‘X Times’. The options are laid out logically and makes using the app a breeze. Nice job by the guys at Tardigrada.

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Fremantle Community SSU – Preview (screenshots)

The work on the Maemo 5 Community SSU continues apace and should be ready for primetime very soon. I thought it would be informative to showcase some of the upcoming features in the form of screenshots.

Disclaimer: These screenshots were taken from the latest beta which may differ from the final release.


About CSSU

Portrait-Mode Support

Status Menu Applet (Landscape)

Orientation Status Icon

Status Menu Applet (Auto)

Application Menu

Settings Menu

Application Manager


Task Switcher


CSSU Features Configuration
Currently in Extras-Testing, this app provides a GUI for setting soft of the desktop transition effects.

created using MaStory on the N900

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Microsoft-Nokia: A blow to Linux and the open-source community

February 12, 2011 4 comments

In the new world order, MeeGo is no longer a priority for Nokia. This is a big setback for MeeGo and therefore GNU/Linux.

Nokia’s contribution to Linux and open-source started with Maemo and continued with a bigger extent into MeeGo. From what I understand, the amount of source-code opened was significant. Numerous GNU/Linux projects and open-source software companies benefited from its investment.

Relegated now to a mere R&D ‘project’ within the walls of Nokia, the future of MeeGo seems bleak. The momentum behind MeeGo will undoubtedly slow down if not die altogether. Its going to be a wait and see situation.

MeeGo is one of the most significant developments in the Linux world which has the best chance of revolutionising the mobile industry.

Of course, some would say that the MeeGo source is open to the developers but MeeGo as it is today is not production ready. A strong corporate sponsor is what it needed to change the world. Things would have been different if the deal was announced after MeeGo had some production-devices to show for.

Intel however is still optimistic. Lets hope it stays that way and MeeGo does not have to watch any more industry supporters jumping ship.

Its unfortunate to see Nokia’s priority make a complete paradigm shift from the openness of MeeGo to a closed and who-knows-what situation with Microsoft.

In its gambling bid to take over the American market, Nokia stands to lose in this deal. But the biggest loser is Linux in the mobile/handset world. It is safe to say that the market for a free and open platform that empowered cross-platform development has drastically shrunk and been taken over by a closed, proprietary, and singular world of Windows.

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Babyphone – a wonderful baby-monitoring app

February 10, 2011 9 comments

Since my new son had started sleeping in a different room in his crib a few weeks ago, Babyphone has been an indispensible tool to keep an ear on the baby during the night when he wakes up.

After tweaking the Babyphone settings to the desired sensitivity the first time, putting the N900 next to the crib has become routine. I just make sure the battery is at least 60% and launch the app. When my son wakes up, Babyphone faithfully calls my other phone sitting right next to my bed.

Big thanks to the dev and the collective community for this free and awesome app.

Project page:

created using MaStory on the N900

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Back to testing and Voting

Been away from the testing scene lately because I have been carrying my new Blackberry from work instead of the N900. I tried carrying both together for a while but it turned out to be too inconvenient.

Anyway, the testing queue is growing ever longer. Its good in a way to see apps actively being developed on Maemo but its also unfortunate to see many of them not getting voted for. It would be great see the testing queue get cleared so that new apps or newer versions become available in the stable Extras quickly.

Here are some apps I tested lately that need some votes. If you have some time to spare, give them a try and vote if you think they meet the criteria.

Testing Page for Woller

Testing Page for Kfzcheck

Testing Page for Kfzcheck Extras

Testing Page for Dorian

Testing Page for Calculus

Testing Page for Macuco

created using MaStory on the N900

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September 5, 2010 2 comments

Checked out Gas-Balls from the Ovi Store.

Its a nice Live-Wallpaper-like application developed by Nokia. The gas balls bounce around on the desktop, respond to tilt, and explode in vibrant colors when touched.

It comes in 3 modes:

1) Fullscreen

2) Background

This mode will turn the app into a Live-Wallpaper but still respond to tilt and touch.

3) Transparent

This mode will run as a transparent layer on top of the current background.

The app is resource intensive but nice to play around with. The physics behind it are impresssive as the balls bounce on the widgets and the flames wrap around desktop widgets. Its also good to see Nokia still coming up with apps for Maemo.

Now the downside. It doesn’t play well with Live-Wallpaper. Sherman-Aquarium disappeared but continued to take system-resources. Had to restart it from the Settings.

Either way, its worth a look!

Update: Added YouTube video by murfad