Nokia N900 hacked for dual boot-up of Maemo and Android

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Nokia N900 hacked for dual boot-up of Maemo and Android
As great as the Maemo OS is on the Nokia N900, it also can do something else that the Finnish based company never advertised. Thanks to the hacking abilities of Brandon Roberts, his N900 was able to boot up with two operating systems on his device at the same time. Besides the Maemo 5 that the N900 is shipped with, Roberts was able to squeeze one of the Android builds onto the phone so that when you boot up, Google's open source OS is an option on the Boot Menu. If most of the key features of the N900 work with Android, teaching your N900 to switch hit might end up being worthwhile. Roberts, on his own site, calls himself a "mobile phone addict, linux user, open source supporter, web developer, sports fanatic and overall internet abuser." Roberts gives no instructions on how he accomplished the dual OS action on his N900. According to his comments, "It's more proof of concept, but it's real and could be spectacular :)"

source: Brandon'sPosterous via SlashGear



1. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

LAME..isnt the point to get a cellphone with whatever OS you want/ its winmo then this makes sense..maemo 5 is too fancy n weird for me with icons all over the place..besides EXACT specs compared to Iphone 3gs..only diff compared is iphone 3gs has iphone OS which gives me logmein app options..nothing else works as flawless IMOO (cringes at that guys hands/nails)

2. dmberta

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 30, 2009

Right now, yes it is largely the point of the phone to have a certain OS, but this was also largely true of desktop computers at their inception. I'm actually hoping things like this become more prevalent since OS like apples have certain restrictions(both software/firmware wise and hardware wise) placed on them that are deal breakers for me but if custom installs become more prevalent we might see a greater variation in the use of each OS on different hardware as well as a greater push for less restriction on the use of certain firmware/software features.

3. dmberta

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 30, 2009

Also I only mentioned apple because you mentioned the iphone 3gs, the same is true of android/webOS/the other OS I don't prefer to one extent or another.

4. macron2000

Posts: 81; Member since: Sep 07, 2009

Uh, this is really huge, although not surprising. Nokia phones, like em or not, have always been extremely versitile (s60). But I think things like this put us that much closer to a world of just purchasing a phone and then activating it with whom we want. Hardly do we find the perfect piece of hardware, OS, and network all in one package. Id love to have the features of the N900 inside the hardware of the Touch Pro2 running Android OS with BB messaging skills activated on the network of my choice. Incredible. I will wake up soon, but for now, what a dream.

5. Jeromeo

Posts: 135; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Isn't the point of purchasing an item to make it yours? To be able to do whatever you want with it? Whether you want to put rhinestones all over the cover, throw it on the ground, or hack it, YOU paid for it-YOU should be able to do anything you want to it. Congrats to Nokia/Maemo for not limiting the enduser & encouraging advanced development. Note to dmberta: what a stupid thing to say... Macs used to be limited to iApple OS; now users have the choice to boot up with Mac OS, Windows, or Linux on the same device. Options inspire change & innovation... Would a car be more productive if it could only drive from home to work to friend's houses? What if it could drive to any destination of the drivers choice? What if the driver could change the headlights or settings before the headlights auto shutoff/autolevel, the seat's material, the paint color, the rim size/finish, navigation option, speaker output, or the entire drivetrain? The iPhone is one of the best electronic devices to ever hit the market ever, but because of its limitations it still cannot do things like transfer any type of file or data over bluetooth when monochrome devices could send any file type to any other bluetooth device back in 2002. These restrictions help large corporations bottom lines and squeese money out of the consumer. E.g. if an iPhone user bought a song, ringtone, or video and transferred it to the friend sitting across the couch from them, it would subtract from iTunes overinflated prices and therefore detract from sales. Why send a photo or contact via bluetooth for free when one user could pay the app store for a retarded bump transfer application which incidentally requires the recipient to also pay for that same app to complete the transfer process? Because it is simply more profitable to limit the consumer. *Choice is better for the market & whether the consumer realizes it or not!*

6. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

You're on a good path but before some super fanboy shows his stupidity by insulting u for misinformation, I'd like to make a couple corrections. First, after 3.0 Bluetooth is more open on the iPhone. Second, the bump app is free. Third contacts and photos can b sent via mms and email. Slower I know. Other than that you make excellent point. Kudos

7. dmberta

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 30, 2009

Um Jeromeo, I like your post but I thin you failed at reading comprehension, I was refering to the current implimentation of the apple PHONE OS, if you read my post I noted that desktops overall had become alot more open and versatile since their first incarnations and I'd like to see the same thing happen to smart phones.

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