it was Froyo on the Maemo smartphone - but this time the NITDroid team have outdone themselves. They've supposedly managed to get Android 2.3 Gingerbread running on the N900. It's primarily the handiwork of Alexey Roslyakov - aka DrunkDebugger - though not everything is fully functional quite yet. Still, cellular data, sound, WiFi and various other things are working, and he's suggesting that there'll be a stable build released before the end of the year. [via HDBlog]
sales of Android compared to Windows Phone 7, we are now hearing our favorite OS is poised to pass both Apple's iOS and Nokia Symbian OS in Europe. IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo told Bloomberg that Android will likely pass the two competitors sometime next year.
TechCrunch, at around the same time as Nokia's VP of MeeGo devices was resigning, Google's CEO was calling to see if he could persuade them to consider Android on future devices.
Nokia N900 - more commonly found running the company's own open-source OS, Maemo - has already resulted in a few experimental ROMs, but now the NITDroid project reckons they've got something almost stable enough for everyday use. Their latest release adds in voice call functionality, which most people would consider pretty important for their cellphone. Incoming and outgoing calls are supported, as are various forms of data connection, and the whole thing is based on Android 2.2 Froyo which means it's actually potentially running a version of the OS better than the actual Android device many people are living with now. All of the Google apps are supported, and of course there's the N900's hardware keyboard to think about too. Most frustrating, though, is the apparent absence of camera support, since the N900's optics are pretty darn good. Still, you can download and have a play here. [youtube jVpgqTF89zU] [via Engadget]