Maemo 5 Alpha SDK released by Nokia

Posted on 02 March 2009 by


The alpha SDK for the new Maemo 5 platform has just been released and is packing some interesting new things. Most notably the new UI framework is now available for developers to code around, and as stated  “provides a simple and beautiful experience with a finger based full screen context.” Developers are urged to follow this new UI style to keep a consistent user interface. 

This release only contains a simplified UI implementation of the Desktop and Application menus, with full versions to follow in the future. 


As for planned features, we can guess at many from the list of the new APIs included are (directly quoted):

  • Location API: methods to build location-aware applications.
  • City Information: methods to obtain information about cities, including city name, country name, and country code.
  • Time management: an interface for handling time change notifications and collect relevant time and time zone information.
  • Vibra service: methods for triggering and controlling vibrations.
  • Device orientation: respond to changes in orientation and discover current orientation.

Maemo will therefore be gaining some nice features that we have become used to on other devices such as vibration notifications and an accelerometer support. 

We’re on the lookout for more information.


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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Steve 'Chippy' Paine says:

    Maemo 5 Alpha SDK released by Nokia

  2. Ben says:

    Looks like it has taken some cues from the PSP/PS3 interface. Glad to see that they are promoting finger navigation, one of my biggest issues with the N810, running the last version of Maemo, was that there was never a clear cut navigation scheme. Sometimes you need the stylus, sometimes you can use your finger, and sometimes you need the hardware keyboard.

  3. willy says:

    and why should we care? No product at CES and now no tablet device for CEBIT. Nokia is increasingly behind on this and has lost momentum. Even if they came out with a new device for fall I doubt that there would be much interest in it.
    I’m more interested in a Apple Tablet for fall then this.

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