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Next-gen Nokia Linux devices will get multitouch and Qt UI

Oct 14, 2009, 16:03 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)

"At the Maemo Summit last week in Amsterdam, Nokia unveiled its ambitious goals for the next version of its Linux-based mobile platform. Maemo 6, which is codenamed Harmattan, promises to bring a significant user interface overhaul and will offer a number of important new capabilities. Nokia has already started to release portions of the source code in an early developer preview of the Maemo 6 SDK.

"Another major, though possibly controversial, goal for Nokia is to tightly integrate support for commercial content delivery channels in Maemo 6. The platform will have a sophisticated security framework to enforce DRM policies.

"Maemo 6 will provide more seamless and pervasive support for switching between landscape and portrait orientation. The platform will also introduce multitouch capabilities and a sophisticated gesture system. To accommodate multitouch, the N900's successor will have a capacitive display. The look and feel of Maemo 6 is closely guarded secret, but various Nokia developers at the summit have indicated that the device will feature a canvas-like user interface that will scroll in all directions and house interactive widgets."

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