#MWC10 Nokia’s Ari Jaaksi talks Maemo, MeeGo, shows how to enable portrait mode on N900 browser

After yesterday’s big announcement that Nokia and Intel are merging their mobile platforms (Maemo and Mobilin), I got a chance to sit down with Nokia’s VP for Maemo Devices – Ari Jaaks- and talk about it.

We talked about how the sales of the first Maemo device going, new N900 firmware updates, what MeeGo means for developers, other vendors and future device form factors.

I also learned about a cool  feature of previous N900 firmware update – portrait mode. Nokia promised to have portrait mode for N900 browser by the end of last year, but it was nowhere to be found in the latest (January, 2.2009.51-1) firmware update. Or I thought so.

Turns out, that portrait mode for N900 browser came with that update. Only it was hidden pretty well, and it’s availability never clearly communicated to the customers. Or even Nokia’s own sales people – Ari told a story, how he went to Nokia shop, played with N900 and, to a great surprise of the sales guy, enabled portrait mode on it.

If you can’t watch the interview right now – here’s a quick tip of how to enable/disable portrait mode on Nokia N900 browser – open your browser and press Shift-Ctrl-O

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • vasra

    “Only it was hidden pretty well, and it’s availability never clearly communicated to the customers. Or even Nokia’s own sales people – Ari told a story, how he went to Nokia shop, played with N900 and, to a great surprise of the sales guy, enabled portrait mode on it”

    What's what happens when engineers with no real understanding of real people UX patterns end up designing UIs.

  • vasra

    “Only it was hidden pretty well, and it’s availability never clearly communicated to the customers. Or even Nokia’s own sales people – Ari told a story, how he went to Nokia shop, played with N900 and, to a great surprise of the sales guy, enabled portrait mode on it”

    What's what happens when engineers with no real understanding of real people UX patterns end up designing UIs.