Angry Birds now on MeeGo
Rovio's "Angry Birds", one of the most popular games on the N900 and many other platforms, is being ported to MeeGo: I guess its no surprise right? Angry Birds are everywhere and Meego is not missing out on the action. Video later but for the proof, see the images. It works well. Hey, someone needs to test it! Those with IdeaPads from the MeeGo Conference should not get their hopes up: it is currently in private testing, presumably within Intel's AppUp store.
Nokia CTO, Rich Green, talks about the future of MeeGo & Qt
In three separate videos (each around seventy seconds long), Nokia Conversations caught up with Nokia’s CTO Rick Green at this years Mobile World Congress being held in Barcelona and asked him about the future of Symbian, MeeGo and Qt, as you all know a radical change is coming to Nokia’s strategy soon with the announcement of the new partnership with Microsoft, on Friday. A partnership that has been leaving Symbian and MeeGo users and developers alike with mixed feelings as to the future of these two OS’s. Green describes the MeeGo device as "beautiful", with "powerful" software.
Analysis of Nokia's fortunes (or lack thereof) following the Elopocalypse
Former Nokia stakeholder, and outspoken blogger/analyst (blanalyst?), Tomi T. Ahonen has posted an essay on his analysis of Nokia's future fortunes in light of the Microsoft deal. He predicts it will not be an easy ride for Nokia, and things will get worse before they even start to get better: Even Nokia's CEO says this will be a difficult year of adjusting to the new world, for Nokia. I have tried to think what all will be impacted and how. This is a VERY long article, detailed, mostly of the Nokia side to the equation. I will examine dumbphones and smartphones and networks. I will examine customers, sales reps, app stores, operating systems, the developers and the ecosystem. I will examine costs, revenues, average sales prices and profits. And market shares. And I will give a view into 2011 and 2012 for the Microkia Nokisoft partnership. It cannot be a short analysis, the issues are so complex. It also cannot be superficial. So be warned. This blog article is one of the longest I've written, it runs well in excess of 10,000 words. And I know not all will want to read through it all. So let me give you the top-line view here. This is how I see the Nokia smartphone market shares, average sales prices and revenues develop in this year 2011. Although some disagree with his analysis, or dismiss him as "yet another analyst" (or worse, "just another blogger"), it is still an interesting article for anyone interested in the business effects of the Nokia Board's decision.
More insight into Alien Dalvik, allowing Android apps to run on Maemo
OSNews reports more on the background of Alien Dalvik, mentioned here previously, and the fact that Myriad's CTO was one of the main developers for BeOS: These days, Benoit Schillings does something else entirely: he's currently the chief technology officer at Myriad, where he and his team is working on Alien Dalvik. Now that I know he's the one leading this team, I know for sure we've got something special here. [...] Let's start with a bit of news that should make the boatloads of Qt fans around here very happy: it is coded using Qt (not s surprise considering Schillings worked at Trolltech), in an entirely portable fashion. While they're focussing on Maemo on the N900 right now, you should eventually be able to run this on Symbian as well, and possibly wherever else Qt runs. The article goes on to expand on Myriad's business plan, with the suggestion that the technology will be aimed at manufacturers and OEMs. What the impact is for N900 users, where it isn't an active business target for the manufacturer, is still unclear.