In my initial post regarding the Nokia N900, I expressed some hope that the product would see improvement through software updates to the Maemo operating system. Unfortunately, today’s announcement by Nokia and Intel makes it likely that the Maemo-based N900 is at a dead end. The announcement introduces a new mobile (and device) OS called Meego, which supposedly combines the best of Intel’s Moblin with Nokia’s Maemo. For the N900 user, the future is quite uncertain. My own interest in experimenting with N900 app development is now over (iPhone SDK here I come). There may be hope for current N900 owners being able to install Meego, but it is troubling that Nokia neglected to say anything about the N900 future as part of today’s announcement.
I’ve had a growing number of N900 freezes, typically when I have the Web browser and email apps open, though the overall experience with the phone isn’t that unpleasant. However, with no updates likely, my days with the N900 are may be numbered.
Update: February 16, 2010… Nokia releases new firmware update for N900. I had to remove my N900 battery as the phone was locked up this morning, but when it did finally start up, I saw the blinking update icon and performed the update. The update process on the N900 is well done, and within a few minutes my phone had restarted. Unfortunately, while exploring the settings for anything obviously new, the phone locked up again! Well, it wasn’t fully dead… I tried calling the phone and though it didn’t ring, the missed call notification light started blinking. Holding the power button down eventually worked to shut the phone down. What exactly did this update fix? Not too much, it appears.