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scaramoosh
January 29th, 2013, 11:20 AM
I have a Nokia 808 because I'm an idiot and I am locked into it for 2 years on contract and desperately need something other than Symbian. I dunno what I was expecting from the phone, I love the camera and expected and OS that functioned, sadly it is like using a phone from 10 years ago.

Please tell me there will be support for Nokia devices as I believe Symbian is an open platform.... that or Nokia's security is as bad as the rest of the OS.

josephmills
January 30th, 2013, 09:54 AM
Qt/qml(owned by nokia and the phones front end) supports

linux embed devices
blackberry
meegoo


When it comes to your app's UI, the declarative, JavaScript-like QML language within Qt Quick and tools such as Qt Quick Components enable you to create compelling UIs faster than you thought possible. And better still, you only need one core code-base to address the 180 million Qt-powered Symbian and Nokia N9 phones in consumers hands today. Qt enables code reuse that allows you to build and deploy versions of your apps for desktop platforms too.[1]

[1] http://www.developer.nokia.com/Develop/Qt/

3rdalbum
January 30th, 2013, 11:43 AM
No, Ubuntu for Smartphones is intended as an operating system to be preinstalled on phones, not as one that can be installed on an existing phone

The development phone is the Nexus S, that's the only phone that will be able to be retrofitted with Ubuntu.

Danny1234
February 1st, 2013, 01:27 PM
I am afraid you cannot do that although there are the application Ubuntu for phones.

jhoninck
February 2nd, 2013, 10:40 AM
Have owned a Samsung Galaxy, was not impressed by the hardware quality.
Actually I am a die hard fan of the Nokia hardware, my three year old E71 never fails.

Would like to upgrade to a new Nokia, but never in my life will it be to a Windoze phone.
Is there any chance of getting ubuntu running on recent Nokia phones ??

If FirefoxOS is possible, then also ubuntu ?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdXfStB2dQ0

Any working instructions are more than welcome, the 920 is the top phone as far as hardware is concerned.

Nr90
February 2nd, 2013, 08:38 PM
No, Ubuntu for Smartphones is intended as an operating system to be preinstalled on phones, not as one that can be installed on an existing phone

The development phone is the Nexus S, that's the only phone that will be able to be retrofitted with Ubuntu.

From what are you drawing this conclusion?

Canonical will start by providing a rom for the galaxy nexus (not nexus S).
However the source will also be open. So why wouldn't your phone dev be able to port it to your handset?

Don't know if porting to the nokia 808 is possible, since it's not android.

3rdalbum
February 3rd, 2013, 04:31 AM
From what are you drawing this conclusion?

Canonical will start by providing a rom for the galaxy nexus (not nexus S).
However the source will also be open. So why wouldn't your phone dev be able to port it to your handset?

Don't know if porting to the nokia 808 is possible, since it's not android.

Porting might be possible, but it will not be supported officially as far as anyone knows.

ugm6hr
February 3rd, 2013, 12:46 PM
Don't know if porting to the nokia 808 is possible, since it's not android.

The reason all the "new" phone OS use Android stack as a base is to ensure drivers are available for the various components. So it really depends on what components Nokia selected. Essentially, if Android is ported to your phone (unlikely), then Ubuntu may also be technically possible.

As an example, even my relatively popular (but now aged and redundant) Windows PDA (Dell Axim 51x) never got beyond very superficial functioning on Android due to lack of driver support.

ugm6hr
February 3rd, 2013, 01:02 PM
The N9 is (was) a MeeGo (i.e. Linux) phone, and installing Ubuntu / Firefox OS is dependent on an underlying Android stack (which is available for N9 as nitdroid).

It really depends on whether the hardware components in Nokia phones have the drivers necessary to run Android.

And whether anyone who buys a Windows phone today will have the inclination to develop an Android port (unlikely).

m3topaz
February 5th, 2013, 05:03 PM
I'm a die-hard Nokia fan. Or rather I used to be - my N9 is the last Nokia I'll ever buy. Or they drop Windows Phone and make something (anything!) else.
I think the days where Nokia make the best hardware are coming to an end, sadly. The Windows Phones from Nokia are a step behind the best Symbian and Linux phones, it's probably the end of the road for them in smartphones.
Hang on and see if Jolla get anything high-end out, I suggest.

scaramoosh
February 7th, 2013, 12:32 PM
They're all ARM based anyways ain't they? I thought Mobiles all had the same hardware in them these days. The 808 uses and ARM CPU and Broadcom GPU....... gotta be pretty common drivers you can pack into the OS as standard.

scaramoosh
February 7th, 2013, 12:34 PM
The 808 is my first Nokia mobile and Symbian is great, I prefer it to IOS, the only thing it lacks is apps. Sadly since Nokia have ditched Symbian I need Ubuntu or something with the potential to have great app support.

Shame really cause Windows Phone is ****.

mrgs
February 7th, 2013, 02:38 PM
Threads merged.

3rdalbum
February 7th, 2013, 02:51 PM
They're all ARM based anyways ain't they? I thought Mobiles all had the same hardware in them these days. The 808 uses and ARM CPU and Broadcom GPU....... gotta be pretty common drivers you can pack into the OS as standard.

No, there are several different SoCs used in phones, and a wide array of different GPUs which mostly don't have X drivers, only Android display drivers.