While we must have thought that the MeeGo platform had died, yesterday we saw Nokia revive it through the Lankku smartphone (called the N9, otherwise). MeeGo like Android, is an open sourced operating system based on the Linux kernel. So it shouldn’t be too surprising to see Android apps running seamlessly on the N9.
With Android Apps…
With regards to that very sentiment, enter the Myriad Alien Dalvik system. This system allows non-Android operating systems to run Android applications and that too without any kind of software modification. Basically Alien Dalvik allows developers and app stores to repackage .APK installation files from the Android OS and have them run on other OS’. While the hardware capabilities can be accessed by the original Android app, further tweaking can be done through an Android SDK plugin offered by Myriad enabling Android apps to play real nice with MeeGo.
So, all you Android fans out there who are regretting the fact that Nokia went with Windows Phone 7 instead of Android, will be happy to know this. You can be a Nokia loyalist and still have Android goodness on your smartphone. Anyway, here is a video of the N9 showing off the MeeGo platform. It certainly looks slick and smooth, but the apps look quite congested on the menu screen. The MeeGo menu icons do look a little like a cross between the iOS and Android vesrions, not that it's a reason to complain.
Here’s a quick look at the specifications of the Nokia N9:
- 3.9-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels
- 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS support
- Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR, NFC
- 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and Dual LED Flash
- 3.5 mm audio jack
- Dolby Mobile Sound Enhancement with Dolby Headphone Support
- 1 GB RAM
- 16 GB/ 32 GB
- 1 GHz Cortex A8 CPU