Open Mobile Systems Rock

Very cool - someone has already implemented an iPhone-like virtual keyboard for the Nokia N800. How great is that!? Check it out here.

Because the N800 uses an open platform based on Debian Linux, the developer was able crank away at it using Python and other tools without having waste time first figuring out ways to hack the hardware... Someone said during the iPhone Dev Camp weekend that most of the time was just trying to figure out ways around the system, and how much innovation there could be if the platform was open instead, and this just goes to show how true that is. Granted, copying Apple's keyboard isn't innovation - but by catching up in that area to one of the nice things the iPhone UI provides, it can now be used as a base for future innovation from here.

Very cool stuff - I can't wait until Nokia gets a clue and puts Maemo on a phone!



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