In this edition...

  1. Front Page
    • 2011: year-in-review
  2. Development
    • Reverse engineering "WhatsApp"
  3. Community
    • Next Tuesday (14th Feb): N9 hack session in Vienna
  4. Announcements
    • Toggle Power Saving Mode (PSM) app for N9 and N950
    • Pierogi - universal infrared remote control app for N900

Front Page

2011: year-in-review

Editor: Andrew Flegg

Last week's MWKN issue was our second anniversary and, rather than follow the crowd and have annual reviews at the end of the year, we like to do it on our birthday. Not least because of Nokia's habit of breaking big news in the first week of February!

Unfortunately, we missed that deadline, but here's a roundup of the last year:

* February: Elopaclypse - Nokia change strategy, ditching MeeGo; Intel do a "big reveal" of 'the' MeeGo Tablet UX; Myriad's Alien Dalvik VM for running Android app is teased; Necessitas - Qt for Android; Cordia Hildon Desktop started; Valtteri Halla resigns from Nokia and loses seat on MeeGo TSG.

* March: Valtteri Halla joins Intel, no replacement on MeeGo TSG; Nokia N950 leaked; new five-person Maemo Community Council appointed with no election; Digia purchase Nokia's commercial Qt support operations; MeeGo architectural decisions - in no way open.

* April: MeeGo Coding competition launched; MeeGo Tablet UX open-sourced; MeeGo Developer Edition for N900; Nokia & Microsoft finalise contractual arrangements.

* May: Nokia announce layoffs in Symbian & MeeGo; MeeGo Conference in San Francisco - Intel rumoured to ask Nokia to lie low, whisperings about "Meltemi"; Harmattan community - where does it live?; Microsoft to buy Nokia rumours start.

* June: Elop starts reducing expectations around MeeGo in interviews; Asus announce MeeGo netbook; Nokia CTO - Rich Green - leaves; Nokia N9 and N950 announced; Qt (and Linux?) crucuial to Nokia's "next billion" low-end strategy.

* July: Nokia's 9-second N9 adverts - a frenzied hunt for hidden clues; Andrew Olmsted joins MWKN editorial team.

* August: Linux Foundation won't permit for open source software; Should expand to fork the MeeGo *project*, currently non-functional?; MeeGo COBS problems; N9 not to be launched in US, UK or Germany; discussions about the future of

* September: rumours of Intel "pausing" MeeGo work; Gary Birkett passes away; Maemo Community Council only has three candidates - they become Council by default.

* October: More rumours around Meltemi surface; MeeGo abandoned by Intel & Linux Foundation, launch "Tizen" with Samsung; Mer relaunches to continue MeeGo; N9 Developer blog launches; MeeGo Community Edition renames to "Nemo"; Nokia release security update for Maemo 5, coordinated with CSSU team as well; Qt Mobility 1.2 for Maemo 5; Nokia N9 sales success in Finland.

* November: stable release of Community SSU; Intel stop accepting MeeGo apps for their app store.

* December: Qt applications in Apple's App Store.

* January: Fragmentation of Harmattan community; using an N810 as a Skype phone; AppsForMeeGo formally launches for open source Harmattan/MeeGo/Mer apps; Harmattan PR1.2 betas; Harmattan outselling Nokia Windows Phone?; Qt Innovation challenge winners.

It's been a frantic year. There have been personal losses - Gary's death to those who knew him, Nokians who had jobs which were culled after Elop's changes to Nokia's strategy; as well as organisational disasters, such as the death of MeeGo and the irrelevant creation of Tizen.

What will the next year contain? Well, after two years of doing MWKN, which has seen the completion of Maemo, the birth of MeeGo, the launch of Harmattan, the fading of MeeGo and the fundamental shift of Nokia away from producing their own high-end OSes; we couldn't possibly predict.

Maybe in the next year we'll see the first mass-market devices which form part of Nokia's "next billion" strategy. Running Qt, and probably Linux, these could be far more successful than Nokia's Windows Phones - but may not be as attractive to the smartphone loving European & US markets.

Thanks again to Ryan Abel and Andrew Olmsted for their editorial assistance, and all our contributors and supporters.


Reverse engineering "WhatsApp"

Via: @Jaffa2

WhatsApp is a popular IM service based on the phone numbers in your contacts database. The developers have no interest in Maemo or MeeGo, but efforts have been gaining pace to reverse engineer it. Talk user "ColaCheater" has provided some initial in-depth documentation: A few weeks ago I also tried to look a little bit into WhatsApp but had to give up because of my final exams at school. I used the Symbian S40 Client and decompiled the .jar you can find via google to look a little bit into it. I'm not a programmer but had done some "Hello World" stuff on Java before so I tried to understand a little bit what is going on in the Client. (In the following work I always pretended to be an Nokia C3-00 just that you know when it appears i.e. in the User-Agent)


Next Tuesday (14th Feb): N9 hack session in Vienna

Via: @Jaffa2

Thomas Perl highlights that local N9 developers are meeting up once again at the Metalab in Vienna. We plan to work a bit more on gotoVienna, have a look at Open Mode flashing and have a look at PR1.2 beta on the N950 as it relates to development. N8x0 and N900 users and developers are of course also welcome :)


Toggle Power Saving Mode (PSM) app for N9 and N950

Via: @Jaffa2

Wesley Chong has written a small app for Harmattan which allows going into, and out of, "power saving mode" very quickly: I'm always concerned on the power usage of my phone. I feel that leaving it on overnight is an act that waste energy, but turning it off while I’m asleep will results in people unable to reach me if there is an emergency. Clearly, switching my phone to PSM (Power Saving Mode) is a better choice since it turn off the internet connection and making the device falls into deep sleep mode, hence maximum power saving.

The app is now available in the Nokia Store.

Pierogi - universal infrared remote control app for N900

Via: @Jaffa2

John Pietrzak has published a new app for Fremantle: Pierogi, a universal infrared remote control app for the N900. I've been frustrated with the existing IR options, and since I've been wanting to try my hand at writing an app, I decided to go ahead and write my own. The app contains a database of IR codes for popular devices, as well as entering your own keysets. The app is currently Extras-testing, so users willing to test it are encouraged to get involved.