Opera Mobile 11.5 for Nokia N9, N950 Released

Yesterday, Opera Software released an official Opera Mobile build for the Nokia N9 and N950 Harmattan phones.  It’s available from the Nokia Store or as a deb package download from Opera. Compared with the 3rd party modified version of Opera Mobile 11 for MeeGo that’s been available for sometime, this one offers the following improvements: Upgrade to Opera Mobile 11.5 Auto-rotation support (in all four orientations) Buttons near the bottom edge of the screen behave properly The Internet connection dialog will … Continue reading

FBReader Now Available For Symbian and Harmattan

My favorite eBook reader is now available for Symbian 5th Ed. and later and MeeGo/Harmattan.  It’s FBReader, which I started using around 2005 on a Sharp Zaurus Linux PDA.  FBReader is open source software that runs on just about every Linux based portable platform including Android and Maemo as well as on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows PCs. The Symbian and MeeGo/Harmattan versions are labeled as Betas with the disclaimer that aren’t production quality. A  production release for both … Continue reading

Using Firefox Mobile on the Nokia N9

I had to send the N9 back to NokiaConnects on Friday as my two week trial was up. Before returning the phone I installed Firefox Mobile on the N9 and created this video showing the installation process and Firefox mobile running on the device. Firefox Mobile on MeeGo/Harmattan is not an official release from Mozilla. Luckily for us a developer named shmerl has packaged the latest Firefox Mobile nightly build for Harmattan and posted a link to it on forum.meego.com. Here’s how to … Continue reading

How To Enable Developer Mode, Become Root and Install Opera Mobile 11 on the Nokia N9

21-Feb-2012 Opera Software released an official Opera Mobile build for the Nokia N9 and N950 Harmattan phones.  It’s available from the Nokia Store or as a deb package download from Opera. Installing the modified version as described below is no longer necessary or recommended. 31-Jan-2012 Updated post with working download link. I like the N9 Browser (see my review). It’s fast and has great HTML5 support.  But I’m a browser junkie and have to try every browser I can find.  When I discovered a version of Opera Mobile 11.0 … Continue reading

Nokia N9 MeeGo/Harmattan Swipe UI Tips and Tricks

I’m really enjoying my N9 loaner from NokiaConnects. It’s one of the most innovative new phones I’ve used in a long time. The “Swipe” UI is very efficient, there’s obviously been a lot of thought put into making it easy to get things done. Still it is like no other phone before it and users coming from another platform, even Maemo, will need a little time to get up to speed. Thankfully. the learning curve is shallow and after only … Continue reading

N9 Unboxing Part 2 – Power On, Setup and Configuring Wi-Fi

Here’s Part 2 of my Nokia N9 unboxing. This video picks up where Part 1 left off with the phone out of the box but not powered up yet. It shows the boot up animations, initial set up and configuring a Wi-Fi connection. I was pretty impressed with how easy it was to get the phone up an running without a SIM. The Nokia interaction designers have recognized that some of us, including developers and international travelers, will want to use the N9 without … Continue reading

Unboxing the Nokia N9 Part 1

NokiaConnects (formerly WOMWorld/Nokia) has sent me a Nokia N9 loaner to try out and review. I am very excited about getting a chance to try this rare, limited production  device. I’ve honored it with my first ever un-boxing video which is embedded below. If your wondering about the way the video ends, yes I did eventually figure out how to turn the N9 on. I had to (horrors!) look in the manual, but it’s really very easy. I’m editing another … Continue reading