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It seems as though the development community for Android is growing and achieving great things almost weekly now. We just announced that Android 2.1 has successfully ported to the HTC HD2, which is a wonderful achievement. Now, Android 2.2, aka Froyo, has found its way over to the Nokia N900. Another fantastic feat of accomplishment. As it stands, I do not think Nokia have, or plan to have, an Android based handset. This is understandable given the fact that they develop Symbian, the world’s most commonly used phone OS. Anyway, lets get some info about the port. Right now, it…

A guy running a blog site called “Brandon’s Posterous” has recently released a video of the Nokia N900 dual booting Maemo 5 and Android. Maemo 5 is a Linux based operating system that is both useable and great to develop for. Nokia develops it in collaboration with many open source projects such as Debian, GNOM, among others. However, it does not receive the same kind of attention Android does, which is exactly why we’re interested in this news piece. From studying the video, it is completely unclear as to whether the device is fully functional or even if the keyboard…

Responding to Google’s recent updates to the Android platform that brought a free version of their turn-by-turn navigation software to the Motorola Droid in the USA, Nokia have responded by releasing a free version of Ovi Maps for users in several countries. Usually, navigation software for smartphones comes with a flat fee or sometimes a monthly charge. Google’s free offering actually caused such a stir in Wallstreet that Garmin’s shares fell by around 17% at the time. This was very premature since Garmin’s bread-and-butter is in fact aviation equipment and not turn-by-turn navigation for consumers. Nonetheless, Nokia have felt the…

The UK’s Guardian is reporting that Nokia is going to show its first Android powered smartphone at an event in September of this year.  The site quotes anonymous “industry insiders” as being the source for the information. Considering that Nokia developed S60, the most popular smartphone system on the planet, and also has its own open-source Maemo OS being developed (and don’t forget its recent agreement to co-develop Moblin with Intel), this seems like pure fantasy. Nokia appears to agree, having put out a statement through Reuters. [via EngadgetMobile]

Our friend Ricky Cadden of Symbian-Guru.com was nice enough to shoot a video of his Nokia N800 running NITdroid, a port of the Android OS. NITdroid is very much a work in progress, and it doesn’t run all that smoothly on the N800, which normally runs Nokia’s Maemo environment, but it is nice to see that it is starting to come together.  In the video Ricky shows us the browser and home screen as well as the main menu and a bit of email. It won’t have you tossing your T-Mobile G1 just yet, but hey, if you have an…

While you can see that the system is less than speedy, it is nice to see that somebody has ported the current Android OS 1.0 system to Nokia’s Internet Tablet platform.  In this particular case the somebody is the NthCode, and the particular Internet Tablet in question is the keyboard equipped N810. In fact, NthCode’s CEO, Peter McDermott, wrote up a nice summary on the entire porting process, even going into details about the differences between the various Linux kernel versions and what Google and Nokia changed in them.  It’s an interesting read for you dev-heads out there. For the…

A Nokia vice president, speaking at the company’s 2009 Nokia World event in Barcelona, said that his company is considering using the open-source Linux OS on future high-end smartphones.  Nokia already uses Linux on its Internet Tablet devices, including the WiMAX capable N810. Android is not in the cards at this point, though, since the company doesn’t seem to think that Google’s Linux OS offers any real advantages over Nokia’s own development. Having spent a lot of time over the past couple of years with Maemo based devices, though, I don’t know if that’s really the case…. [via MobileBurn]

This isn’t really directly Android related, but it is interesting to see that Microsoft has just posted a job description on a Seattle job-hunting site that describes a position as a lead for its “Skymarket” project for Windows Mobile 7. If Apple, Google, and Microsoft are all going to have integrated app stores, it seems likely that Nokia and friends will have to follow suit in the not so distant future. [Read]

Information week is reporting that analyst firm J. Gold Associates is saying that it expects Nokia’s newly open sourced S60 UI and Symbian OS and Google’s Android are going merge starting in the next “three to six months.” J. Gold states that the merger makes sense because they are both open source and the move would make things easier on developers as well as prove that Nokia’s open source intentions are more than just a PR stunt. J. Gold said that all of this would mean an increase in the number of applications available to end users. The firm seems…

Bill Hughes of market research firm In-Stat is predicting that 17.1 million Google Android OS based devices will be sold in 2009, nearly double what he is predicting for world-wide Apple iPhone sales. He believes that the Chinese market will be the driving force behind Android adoption, with its 1 billion potential cell phone subscribers. Hughes says that the fact that the Android OS is free will be “very attractive in Asia.” Hughes also thinks that the Chinese government’s plans to push 3G services based on its largely home-grown TD-SCDMA technology will give Linux powered devices the upper hand over…