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12Dec/117

Porting MeeGo Qt Components apps to Symbian

Posted by kypeli

Of course I don't have all the answers to what needs to be done for any given MeeGo Qt Component based application to have it running on Symbian, but I think I have three general actions that need to be done when porting an app from MeeGo to Symbian; have it run with the resources, make the code compile and tweak the UI. Thanks to Symbian Annan both MeeGo and Symbian run Qt 4.7.4 with Qt Quick and Qt Components which is of course the reason why this kind of porting is even possible with a reasonable effort. As I wrote in my earlier blog post, even though both Symbian and MeeGo run Qt and Qt Components, it's not perfect. I think too much manual work still has to be done, but it's a reasonable effort and when you read through my hints, I think the tasks ahead become clearer.

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17Aug/115

Updates regarding Podcatcher for N9

Posted by kypeli

Podcatcher for N9 has been submitted to Nokia Store for approval! QA process is still pending. Let's hope it's soon available for download on your MeeGo Harmattan device! In the meantime, enjoy the latest screenshots from Podcatcher for N9. Many thanks to Nikui for help with the layout and UX! ūüôā   There's also a nice video preview of a beta version of Podcatcher on the MeeGo Experts site!
And if you have any feature requests regarding Podcatcher for N9, just add them here as comments or email (you'll find the address on the About page). I definitely have some improvements that I want to add to future versions of Podcatcher - the development will go on!

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11Aug/1126

Introducing Podcatcher for Nokia N9

Posted by kypeli

Your intelligent podcast client.

Get it now!

Podcatcher for N9 is available from Nokia Store now! There is a free, lite, version that is limited to three subscriptions only. If you like Podcatcher for N9, I hope you will purchase the full version that has unlimited subscriptions. Links to Nokia Store are below. Source code for Podcatcher for N9 is available online too at http://projects.developer.nokia.com/hpodcatcher.

So what is it...?

Podcatcher for Nokia N9 is a new podcast client that I have been working on for the past couple of weeks. Because I am an active podcast listener, I found the lack of a podcast client somewhat of a loss when I received my Nokia N950 developer device. There are great podcast client out there that will definitely hit the Nokia N9 via Nokia Store sooner or later, but I wanted to create a client that would fit my podcast subscription and listening needs and that would run great on the Nokia N9. I took some inspiration from previous podcast clients that I've used on Android handsets and I now want to present the results. Finally, I wanted to make the performance of my podcast client as good as possible. The backend of Podcatcher for Nokia N9 is written in C++. The UI utilizes native widget thanks to Qt Components and Qt Quick, while the data is cached into a local SQLite database. This all ads up to some great performance. Please have a look at the screenshots and the video below. I hope you like them!

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5Jul/115

Sneak peek: Integrate your application with the Nokia N9 events view.

Posted by kypeli

I am working on a Qt C++ library that will integrate your application with the Nokia N9 MeeGo Harmattan event feed page. You can add and update items with your icon, text or even a list of images that will be shown on the event feed page. I still want to add some features and polish the code before publishing it, but the library will be open source. So here's a video demonstrating what the library already can do. Stay tuned! Update: The library has been published. More information here.

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28Dec/101

Android from an N900 user’s perspective

Posted by kypeli

Nokia N900 and LG Optimus One Android 2.2 I recently got myself for Christmas an LG Optimus One Android 2.2 device and I must admit: this is my first real encounter with an Android device even though I've had many phones over the years. For the past year, since Maemo Conference 2009 in Amsterdam, I've been using the Nokia N900 Maemo5 phone which I have been pretty happy about. Since Maemo 5 and especially any upcoming MeeGo handset is considered to be an contender for current Android phones I want to give you my take on the Android OS from an N900 user's and Maemo5 perspective. I have divided this post into five areas in which I think the N900 is strong (or at least in which it wants to be strong) and compared those to Android.

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