Tuesday, February 28 2012

Nokia E6-00 Continued
[21:31:57] matt [wronka.org]/Trip After shipping my first Nokia E6-00 back to Nokia via Clandestine Courier, I ordered a second, straight from Nokia's shall-not-be-named Seattle store front. It had the same issues installing in a virtual machine with Windows 7, but after tracking down a Windows XP physical machine, the udpate seems to have worked.

(A Nokïte did try using the Ovi suite on a physical machine at one point as well, but that had failed previously.)

The WPA PEAP configuration widget in the Settings app still crashes.

Friday, February 10 2012

Updating Symbian Devices is Easy!
[23:12:47] matt [wronka.org]/Trip I got my E8 updated. Apparently, it's a rather easy process:

a) Find somebody who works for Nokia.
b) Drive to their office.
c) Ask them nicely to flash your phone.

Apparently the Ovi suite didn't like my phone, nor did it there. The Nokite had to resort to stronger measures.

Thursday, February 9 2012

[22:21:24] matt [wronka.org]/Trip I've been playing with a Symbian Anna phone lately, only in so much as I've been failing to upgrade it to Belle.

If you start it in offline mode, you can do offline things, and even switch it on. However, if it starts with a SIM installed, you get faced with a Nokia Ovi setup screen which quickly, in small print says that Ovi will use data services (way at the bottom of your screen in a small font which changes quickly) and then not give you a clear way of not accepting Nokia's terms.

You can press one of the short-cut buttons (e.g. home) to get a prompt asking if you'd like to make an emergency call. This is a way to get to the active standby screen and start using your phone normally. However, the next time you start your phone you again get the dialog, this time with an option to skip registration. However, the dialog to skip the registration *also* requires you to agree to the terms.

Sunday, July 31 2011

[17:39:43] matt [wronka.org]/Psi.generay Nokia's really pushing their July publisher's newsletter (for registered Ovi publishers). I've received three copies to the same account.

Tuesday, March 8 2011

[18:25:50] matt [wronka.org]/mobile Ovi won't download anything.

Thursday, May 6 2010

Maemo Developer List : "Why should I write apps for Maemo?" posted by Michael Cronenworth
[14:48:12] matt [wronka.org]/kerberos Mr. Michael Cronenworth recently posted a well-worded question directly to the Maemo development community (and Nokia indirectly) which echos much of the sentiment around Maemo and the N900 right now. Personally, I love the devices promise, I like the software, but I wish Nokia were a bit more open with the community (release early, release often being just the start).

His missive read:
«The continued delay of PR 1.2 has caused me to pose this question.

Without customized packaging, I cannot reliably publish applications to
the global maemo.org repositories at this time. Also having APIs in flux
without knowing when the new version is coming out makes me even less
interested. Sure, you can compile a new kernel or create a trivial
application all day long and ship it today, but I wish to write some
rather advanced applications that cover a broad range of APIs.

At most, the SDK should have been released two weeks ahead of the final
release. With a little over a month now on the clock, people can only
begin to speculate as to how poor Nokia's release management is working.
I, as a software developer, realize that unexpected issues can occur
causing unexpected delays, so this e-mail is not a "Nokia hurry up"
plea, but a concern that developing for Maemo requires a serious
commitment to add checks for multiple versions of APIs and packaging

If I relied on the ability to publish commercial applications to the Ovi
Store, I'd be living in the street. It's been six months and the Ovi
Store for Maemo is still without a commercial solution and is extremely
limited in general.

In closing, I have a few questions to propose since communication from
Nokia in general is hit or miss (some are better than others, I realize):

-Why was the PR1.2 SDK released at the time it was released?
-If there will be any updates >PR1.2, have there been discussions on
changing the staged release of the SDK?
-Is PR1.2 still going to be released? (I am not looking for a release date)
-Where are those Ovi Store applications that we have been taunted with
videos of?
-Will there be a commercial solution with the Ovi Store or should I
expect to create my own retail store?

Michael »

The delay in the release of PR1.2 has caused problems (and for a long time completely prohibitted any) applications from being updated on the device since the build environment was using an incompatible API from the end-user devices.