The Nokia N900 smartphone, which will run a Linux operating system, is being delayed until November, according to the mobile device company. Nokia is clearly hoping the N900 will appeal to a broad range of developers interested in the open-source Maemo operating system.
is delaying the release of its N900 smartphone,
which will run the
open-source Maemo operating system, until November, according to Reuters
and other reports
first began talking about the N900 device in August,
the smartphone maker
announced an October release date. However, Nokia on Oct. 23 said the N900 is
now scheduled for release in November. Nokia said it wanted more feedback from
developers before releasing the device.
pricey Nokia N97 smartphone
is geared toward the consumer market, as well
as enterprise users, Nokia defines the N900 as a device for developers. The
N900 runs Maemo 5, a Linux operating system, which the company clearly hopes will
attract new developers to build applications.
announced the N900, Nokia executives quickly pointed out that
Maemo was complementary to, and not a replacement for, the Symbian
Nokia expects third-party applications for Maemo to be
available in the Ovi store by the end of 2009.
Given the delay, Nokia is looking to maintain some buzz about its Linux
phone. On Oct. 26, the company posted a lengthy article on its Nokia Conversations blog
N900. The post goes into detail about some of the capabilities of the N900,
including the Web browser.
"The N900 Web browser is a charmer, but one of its smartest of subtle
flourishes relates to search," the Nokia blog post said. "Bring up
the address bar and if you type in a keyword instead of a proper URL, it knows
what you've done, and instead of bringing up an error page (as you might
expect), it performs a handy Google search and delivers a page of relevant
results so you don't feel like you made a mistake. It's a great little touch
that makes browsing even easier."
There are other additional features listed about the N900 and its Web
browser, as well as details about the physical device, such as a kick-stand in
the back that can be used to prop up the smartphone.
The N900 is meant to offer a lot more computing power than the average
smartphone. For example, the N900 includes an ARM
Cortex-A8 processor running at 600MHz, along with 1GB of application memory and
an OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics accelerator. In addition, the N900 offers up to 32GB
of integrated storage and users can add 48GB more with a MicroSD card.
The last few months of 2009 should offer smartphone enthusiasts plenty of
choices in addition to the Nokia N900. Verizon
Wireless is planning to release the BlackBerry Storm2
and the Google
Android-based Droid from Motorola.
There are also a number of other Android
devices headed to store shelves this holiday shopping season.
On Oct. 26, Palm
announced that it plans to release the Pixi
on Sprint's network starting
When the Nokia N900 does start selling, the smartphone will retail for 500 euros
or about $740 in the United States.
No official wireless carrier for the N900 has been announced.