Maemo 5 SDK is Now in Beta. Get developing!

Posted on 28 April 2009, Last updated on 12 November 2019 by

The API is ‘frozen’ and the feature set shouldn’t change now that the Maemo 5 Beta is out so it means developers can start to work on applications and widgets without having the rug pulled from underneath them.


It also means we are getting closer to the next Nokia Tablet which is something I’m personally very excited about. Nokia teased me about it earlier this month at the Mobile Dev Camp in Amsterdam but gave nothing away in terms of timescales, prices or even feature set. My feeling is that it will be the first consumer quality, developer-friendly operating system for MIDs. Moblin V1 seems to have stalled and Moblin V2 for MIDs won’t happen until 2010. Android is a possibility too of course. (See this related story that I’ve bookmarked for later.)

Maemo 5 includes significant changes in hardware support over the version used on the N800 and N810. In fact, the N810 and N800 won’t be supported under ‘Freemantle’ because devices will need a new hardware layer. Here are some of the new features.

It’s an exciting line-up of software capabilities. Lets hope that Nokia and others (I assume there’s no reason why other manufacturers could pick up Maemo and put it on their own devices) push the hardware design to the limits and stimulate another round of interest in consumer-focused Internet-based communicators.

More info about Freeemantle, including the planned release date of ‘when ready’ is available here. If you’re developing for Maemo, let us know what you’re doing and if we get enough feedback we’ll put together a showcase of apps. My favorite Maemo project right now: Mauku, the microblogging client.


4 Comments For This Post

  1. Steve 'Chippy' Paine says:

    Memo 5 SDK is now ‘locked’ in Beta. Developers can start to get involved now. I’m very excited about this OS. Details:

  2. says:

    and for N8x0 owner, there is always mer, a community project that will stay as maemo5 compatible as they can get it from what i understand.

  3. UMPCMAN says:

    I had my N800 for coming on 2 years now, and I have great fondness for this device. Hopefully they can power it sufficiently power to make it take its rightful place in the MID group.

  4. theluketaylor says:

    I’m really looking forward to the n900 as I have an n810 and the only think it really needs is a bit more horsepower. n810 is already a jack of all trades device, capable of replacing for me a netbook and pmp. With the addition of 3g I am hoping n900 will also eliminate a phone. Since I don’t make many calls voip should be sufficient. Freemantle looks to be even more tweaked for finger use which is always nice.

    The MID platform with atom as the cpu has always seemed silly to me. The battery life isn’t good enough to leave them idle in your pocket and windows compatibility is overrated. An ARM platform with a linux distro tweaked for mobile use but a screen big enough for the web seems to make a lot of sense and that is exactly what maemo is

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