Nokia to release Harmattan Maemo 6 device compatible with MeeGo 1.2 API (N950)?

| March 17, 2011 | 59 Replies

So it might be clear to some but not to everyone, but before Nokia’s MeeGo device is actually released, a Harmattan device (aka Maemo 6) may be released first which will be compatible with MeeGo 1.2.

From the programme session in San Fran:

http://sf2011.meego.com/program/sessions/harmattan-meego-community

Harmattan in the MeeGo community

Session Summary:
Nokia is working on the release of a product this year, expected to raise the interest of the MeeGo community. It comes with an OS codenamed Harmattan that is API compatible with MeeGo 1.2. Let’s have a look at the peculiarities of Harmattan, and how to overcome them for the benefit of the MeeGo community. There have been discussions on whether community apps packaged for Harmattan should be available at the meego.com Apps catalog, or whether Harmattan should have an own product in bugs.meego.com as a 3rd party open source project. This session is a good chance to explain the discussions and conclusions (if any at that point) around these topics.
Session Abstract:

The relationship between Harmattan and the MeeGo project is expected to be clarified before the MeeGo Conference. No matter what this session will be useful to get a clear idea about frequently asked questions like:

  • What will be the official name of Harmattan in Nokia products?
  • Why Harmattan is not exactly MeeGo and what are the differences?
  • Why MeeGo developers and contributors should care about Harmattan?
  • What are the opportunities & challenges of hosting Harmattan related open source activities in the MeeGo infrastructure?
  • Where should Harmattan bugs be filed?
  • Where should Harmattan community apps be published?
  • Are Harmattan specific discussions on-topic in forum.meego.com?

Cheers for the heads up Jim!

Category: Maemo, MeeGo, Nokia, Nseries

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  1. Raven says:

    If it is maemo 6 and has any maemo 5 style in it AND it will be in THAT smoking HOT design phone then come here Nokia!<3

  2. Smileyguy says:

    Is this the actual sketch of the device? This design looks really nice :) Sigh… wish this really is in the works.

    • Eero says:

      No its a result from the Design by community -contest. A design based on what fans would like to see from Nokia. Though it is beautiful :)

  3. SoVatars says:

    Too little, too late.

    Harmattan was sexy when we thought it would be the first mass market Maemo device. It should have reached the market 2010, but Nokia’s MeeGo strategy let it go nowhere. Now with Nokia betting on MS I am not interested to get another dead end device not supported properly by Nokia.

    Let’s be honest, Android is not that bad.

    • nocare says:

      even though n900 get poor support from nokia, it is still the most capable phone in the current market, i just need a capacitive screen and multitpuch on it

      hope nokia price it wisely, that is below euro 300

    • Mark says:

      Actually Android is that bad. I’ve used a Desire and a Blade and it’s just a poor iOS rip off.

      This on the other hand is awesome. Hopefully it means Nokia are severing all links with Intel and focusing on Maemo as the OS for three to four years time.

      Kind of like they should have done in 2009 but, hey, better late than never.

  4. nocare says:

    have been interested to have a look at maemo6 ui since nokia announced plan for maemo6 landscape mode and multitouch screen few years ago.

    if nokia can bring the meego nokia U this year, they can beat the beat the iphone and attract developers, meego will have bright future.

    just wish nokia gives some chances to meego.

    • SoVatars says:

      Are you sincere? What makes you think that developers are still interested in Maemo or MeeGo from Nokia? Nokia put MeeGo on a dead end street to nowhere, a hobby project waiting for the next disruption.

      I really appreciate what my N900 can do, but I also experienced first hand how Nokia treats N900 customers.

      Ovi maps on the Maemo 5 is a joke. And try to sign up with Ovi services, the N900 is not even a phone option to select. And all the bugs marked “nofix”.

      Please, tell me if you know any good news about Maemo / MeeGo. But leave the wishful thinking out and focus on the company’s actions.

  5. mja says:

    I don’t think there’s a separate “true” MeeGo device. This is it, and Nokia will try to get a permission to call it “MeeGo”.

    • Shmerl says:

      At least Nokia didn’t say anything about further devices. This will have Maemo 6, and possibly will be switched to Meego proper in the future.

  6. Markk117 says:

    isn’t meego?_?

  7. wes? says:

    “The relationship between Harmattan and the MeeGo project is expected to be clarified before the MeeGo Conference” that will be on 23th to 25th of May. Sounds interesting to me.

    Harmatten, upgradable to “real” MeeGo, with Maps >3.06, Multitouch and a nice designed handset with a good camera and decent battery time and I’ll buy one without a doubt.

    • zonk0r says:

      :O! didnt see MeeGo conference until I saw your comment saying May.. here was me thinking they mean the MeeGo Summit in Finland in April.

      I always expected this device to be talked about/announced in April and then released in May – I assume therefore that the device will be launched at the conference in May and announced at the summit in April.

      http://www.meegoexperts.com/2011/02/meego-summit-fi-april-15-16th-2011-tampere-finland/

      • zonk0r says:

        having said this.. MeeGo will not support american radios until october…

        • wes? says:

          MeeGo doesn’t. But does Maemo? N900 is at least QuadBand… Harmattan is way more Maemo than MeeGo…

        • Chris says:

          You forget, Maemo5 worked on all frequencies and Nokia’s next “MeeGo device” is actually Maemo6. I’m willing to bet money it will work on all bands.

          • wes? says:

            850 and 2100 MHz (WCDMA) are missing for the N900 compared to the penta-band N8…

          • zonk0r says:

            Making me wonder.

            MeeGo will come down the line to the N950 once it’s on par with Harmattan?

            I’m not sure if that’s good or bad?

            Also is Harmattan as Qt focused as MeeGo? If not then i’m skipping it.. if it’s got all the apps avail for the n8, then it’s a yes.. but no Qt = No big App support

  8. waloody88 says:

    am going 2 buy this,
    thanks good, i was about to buy N8.
    now i will wait, yes yes maemo6

  9. waloody88 says:

    am going 2 buy this,
    thanks good, i was about to buy N8.
    now i will wait, yes yes maemo6

    i want to know how long will i wait 4 this?

  10. blert13 says:

    This isnt anything new, maemo 6(code name harmatton) was simply renamed meego after meego was announced, however it was never officially called meego inside Nokia, it was referred to as Harmatton. The meego trademark is controlled not by Nokia, butby the linux foundation, there is a chance they were not allowed call harmatton meego proper(harmatton is debian based and uses .deb packages, meego is rpm based)and have had come to some sort of agreement. The OS being released is the very same one people have been refering to as meego for months now, it was never going to be meego proper.

  11. Shmerl says:

    Sounds good, but hardware qwerty keyboard please :) If it’s a successor of N900 – it makes sense to do it.

  12. aikon171 says:

    I have no idea…

  13. yabai.youth says:

    I really do hope the N950 has a qwerty keyboard. Has there been *any* leaked info. on what the design will be like?

  14. wes? says:

    “And the N900 was not a mainstream product even if many wanted it to be one. However, let the world decide how much mainstream our MeeGo product is once it is published. The N900 was always a bit too “powerful” in its industrial design to make a style-conscious person to buy it. The MeeGo product is no direct N900 successor that much I can tell you as it has everything it takes for the style-conscious, always-connected enthusiast to love it.” from a MeeGo Marketing Guy on http://meego.com/community/blogs/petermeego/2011/nokia-appoints-new-head-meego-efforts sounds interesing…
    Sounds to me like there will not be a QWERY Keyboard on the N950…

  15. tommis says:

    I so, SO hope this is under 350€ so i can buy it. *fingers crossed*

  16. Zarsky says:

    Damn, I’m having a hard time deciding whether to buy a N8 now, or waiting for the Meego-device.

  17. Asmodeusz says:

    There is no info about screen resolution. If 3.5″ N900 has 800×480, there is hope for netbook-class 1024×600 for N950.

    Also, I can’t see keyboard and (more important for Maemo-powered UMPC – this is NOT a smartphone) USB port – really hope Nokia will remember about that.

    For device like that any price under EUR 1000 is good – of course if hardware is good enough. Can’t wait to see N950 in Nokia Store.

  18. Jedibeeftrix says:

    From the article – “Where should Harmattan community apps be published?”

    Project Bretzn.

    The Nokia/opensuse/linux project to create an open source app-store for free and paid apps.

    There is plenty of life left in Nokia’s meego ‘project’ but i am curious about the confusion between meego and harmattan.

    http://jedibeeftrix.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/nokia-microsoft-and-what-it-means-for-qt-and-meego/

  19. chester says:

    I strongly think & feel Nokia really messed up themselves,but if they can manage 2 prove us wrong on their Meego decision that’s welcome.
    Here is my analysis on the possible adverse outcomes & effects we can face with this Maemo device.

    1. They(Nokia) know they can’t release a Meego device now most probably due 2 Meego Architecture changes – security,sync & PIM storage,

    This decision was taken after Nokia’s strategic change.

    2. They(Nokia) decide 2 continue with Maemo 6 &make it compatible(upgradable) with Meego 1.2 coz of problems with note 1 above.

    If this is the Meego device they promised earlier on during their Strategy announcement – they are fulfilling their promise in an indirect way.Customers maybe expecting Meego from the box&,failure 2 upgrade 2 Meego won’t b acceptable.

    3. They maybe able 2 make their Maemo 6 device compatible with Meego 1.2 what about the future releases of Meego e.g 1.3 ,1.4 & so on,it so uncertain now.

    4. If the new Maemo device hardware doesn’t allow any compatibility on new Meego Architecture,it may not be supported in further Meego upgrades like 1.3 & 1.4

    5. If the Maemo device doesn’t come with a Intel Medfield SoC,the device won’t be really up2 par in performance with it’s Intel Meego devices optimised especially 4 Meego.

    Nokia can use other SoC’s,but if that SoC is not powerful enough,the future of the device maybe adversely affected as it won’t be able 2 compete with new devices from other manufacturers.

    6. This Maemo device maybe just a formal way of bringing the Meego 2 an end within Nokia,as it maybe decided afterwards that it’s not worthwhile going the Meego route in the near future.If Nokia leadership has planned 2 drop Meego,who will stop them?

    If Stephen Elop survives the AGM next month,more Nokia employees will loose hope in a future Meego & Symbian.

    7. The device may face serious compatibility problems with Meego,which may lead 2 long delays for Meego 1.2 to come on the device.Such problems maybe unseen now & surface in the future.

    8. If the Meego developers community doesn’t like/want this Maemo device,the device will suffer a serious lack of support by these developers,apps may not be ported 2 t device.

    9. If we(customers) endusers are not satisfied/happy with the device,it’ll be the end of a our long lovely relationship with Nokia.

    10. If all of the above materialise & Nokia see the device as a failure,they won’t want 2 risk their future on Meego platform.

    My hope is they (Nokia) overcome any challenges with delivering their promised Meego device.As an analyst & loyal customer i have 2 look at all sides (negative &positive),but here it’s only the downward side.

    • Jim says:

      I’m with you. I think it will be a maemo 6 device and close the deal. They will not upgrade it to future meego releases 1.3 and 1.4 because they will say that it’s not 100% meego is maemo or harmattan. At least this are my thoughts.

  20. shadow d. says:

    im really looking forward for the new n950 but i hope it comes with a qwerty keyboard… it should be awesome

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