Many developers at talk.maemo.org (TMO) has worked hard and finally has released a beta version of their work which allows USB OTG (on-the-go) on the Nokia N900 via a custom kernel. This means you can hook up USB memory sticks, keyboards, mouse etc to the N900. Some have already got a game working on the N900 with a full mouse cursor on the screen controlled with the USB mouse! Pretty darn amazing. Hmm. I might try Open Arena with a keyboard and mouse. That would be awesome and might be a first for proper FPS gaming on a mobile phone! =P
INFO – http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=65232
Sergejs of Phonespot has posted a huge article listing some must have or must try apps for the Nokia N900 with screenshots to boot. It shows off what the N900 and its community of developers are capable of and its worth mentioning that 99% of these apps are all free as well.
eg. Chromium (open source version of Google Chrome) Web Browser running on the N900.
Note that Sergejs’ list is just the tip of the iceberg as the number of free open source apps for the Noka N900 is well over 500 and growing rapidly by the day.
Now here’s something interesting. A recent interview with Pino Bonetti from the Ovi Maps team by Ovi Blog has sprung up a very interesting blurb about the possibility that the full “free” voice guided navigation version of Ovi Maps is indeed coming to the N900’s Maemo OS.
Here’s the culprit snippet from the long interview:
I don’t know about you but to me, that’s quite a decent indication that proper Ovi Maps is in the works for the N900. Unfortunately he didn’t elaborate any more and all I can say to the N900 users worldwide is that it may be coming. When, I don’t know. But I don’t think it’s gooing to be any time soon….