Maemo Harmattan, Nokia’s latest mobile OS (operating system) that currently on development has just leaked. If you unfamiliar with Nokia’s OS, now they primarily use Symbian S40 and S60. But they have been working on the new mobile OS since a few years ago. Nokia’s keep it exclusively for their Internet Tablet line, even though some rumors indicated that they are also considering bringing it to mobile phones.
Soon from now, Nokia is expected to launch the fifth iteration of Maemo, codenamed “Fremantle”. More than that, other information is hardly revealed, until now. MobileCruch source reported that Maemo is indeed used on at least one Nokia phone.
Some fact is that the current version of Maemo is a having dramatic changes from past releases, primarily for the jump to phones
. The home screen (”Harmattan Direct UI”) is like a one big page that can vertically scrolling and users can add widgets. The widget appear to take full screen of the phone (based on example widgets).
Those widgets are tied one into another to the rest of the phone. To make easy, imagine that your home screen is consist of a map widget and a calendar widget, along with a other widgets. If with one of your contacts you make an appointment, the appointment will automatically place an icon in the right location on the map widget, load into the calendar widget and tie itself into any of the other widgets where appropriate.
Another interesting widget is the ad widgets. This widgets is special and cannot be remove or customize by user. Nokia’s plan with this widget is make it context sensitive based on environment and behavioral data. GPS place you near a car shop? Well, enjoy your Ford ads.
Maemo Harmattan’s release plan is on late 2010/early 2011.