Home Nokia’s Internet Tablet & Open Source Development Platform

Nokia’s Internet Tablet & Open Source Development Platform

I’ve been impressed with the amount of Mobile Web action we’ve seen already in 2007.
With Apple’s
, Google doing deals in Asia, Yahoo ramping up its Go
platform, Microsoft hyping up Windows
Mobile, small players like Dada doing good
, and innovative startups like Sharpcast and
things are looking very bullish for mobile. And of course the traditional mobile phone
companies are doing their bit too for the Mobile Web. We’ve already covered The Gizmo Project
(which Nokia has partnered with) and in November network operator 3 released an excellent suite
of Mobile Web services called X-Series.

Now Nokia has unveiled a new “Internet Tablet” device, called the N800. It looks very impressive and
MobileCrunch reviewer Oliver Starr gave it
a rave review
. What’s most interesting from a Web perspective is the development
platform that Nokia is attempting to build around this, and similar, devices. Nokia has a
website devoted to this effort, called Maemo. It’s described as follows:

“Maemo is an open source development platform to create applications for Nokia
Internet Tablet products like Nokia N800 and Nokia 770. The platform gives developers a
powerful Linux based development environment and optimized end-user interface for

Not only is Maemo an opportunity for developers to create apps for Nokia Internet
Tablets, the platform is made from open source technologies and in particular Linux. PC
World recently did a
on how players like Nokia and Motorola are “looking to open-source platforms as ways to bring down costs, add
flexibility, and finally turn the phone from a voice-focused appliance into the
“multimedia computer” Nokia executives keep insisting it is.”

Of course this puts Nokia in the crosshairs of Microsoft, who want their Windows
Mobile OS to be the dominant platform. Interestingly the Linux platform on mobile
was foreseen by Russell Beattie back in 2005, when he wrote a post entitled The Future of Mobility is
(which also mentions the possible impact of an iPhone!).

The list of
on Maemo is already long, so this looks like just the beginning of a
fruitful open source software initiative from Nokia. The Mobile Web needs both stylish
and knock-yer-socks-off hardware (iPhone and N800) and open platforms for Internet
software. Nokia looks to have both right now.

About ReadWrite’s Editorial Process

The ReadWrite Editorial policy involves closely monitoring the tech industry for major developments, new product launches, AI breakthroughs, video game releases and other newsworthy events. Editors assign relevant stories to staff writers or freelance contributors with expertise in each particular topic area. Before publication, articles go through a rigorous round of editing for accuracy, clarity, and to ensure adherence to ReadWrite's style guidelines.

Get the biggest tech headlines of the day delivered to your inbox

    By signing up, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy. Unsubscribe anytime.

    Tech News

    Explore the latest in tech with our Tech News. We cut through the noise for concise, relevant updates, keeping you informed about the rapidly evolving tech landscape with curated content that separates signal from noise.

    In-Depth Tech Stories

    Explore tech impact in In-Depth Stories. Narrative data journalism offers comprehensive analyses, revealing stories behind data. Understand industry trends for a deeper perspective on tech's intricate relationships with society.

    Expert Reviews

    Empower decisions with Expert Reviews, merging industry expertise and insightful analysis. Delve into tech intricacies, get the best deals, and stay ahead with our trustworthy guide to navigating the ever-changing tech market.